Last night at the Lexington Ice Center, the University of Kentucky Hockey Club beat Cleveland State by the score of 8-4. This win completed the two game sweep and upping UK’s record for the season to 12-5-1.
The scoring got started when Beck Schultz, while UK was on the penalty kill, stole the puck and raced up the ice and got the shot off and in for a 1-0 lead on the short-handed goal. The Cats set the tone early by dominating the puck and keeping it in their offensive zone a majority of the first. The Cats would end the first with a 4-0 lead, with Jimmy Kasch, Schultz’s second goal, and Jordan Shannon all scoring in the period.
The second would get going with Ryan Duffy blasting in a goal from the blue line, and giving Kentucky a 5-0 lead. Cleveland State would get their first of the night, but follow it up with a penalty giving the Wildcats a power play. Kentucky would take advantage of the power play as Schultz knocked in his third goal of the night, giving him a hat trick. UK would get a penalty putting Cleveland State on the power play that they would score on making it 6-2. There would be a break in the action because after a good check into the boards, the glass came out. After the repairs the game got going again and both teams stalemated each other for the remainder of the period.
Cleveland State would get one to start the third, making it 6-3, but would commit a penalty not long after. Kentucky once again capitalized on the man advantage as Jordan Shannon would get his second of the night, taking the lead to 7-3. Jimmy Kasch would get his second of the night for a 8-3 lead on Swipe Right for Jimmy night (and he was dressed for it as well as you can see below).
Cleveland State would score one last time to make it 8-4, which is where the score would stay. Kentucky set the tone in the first by controlling the puck and laying big hits. They would come out in the third doing the same.
Eric Williams started in net and played great. He was gloving pucks out of the air and saving almost everything that was fired at him. Very solid performance on the crease tonight by Williams.
After being there in person last night, and in talking with some of the players, you can see why they are turning this program around…..they are brothers. They play for each other and have each other’s back. From someone taking a shady hit and one of the guys laying a retaliation hit, to during the break for the glass repair they were dancing on the ice, practicing their golf putting and field goal kicking with their gloves, to Cory Day playing a mean stick guitar to Don’t Stop Believing by Journey while skating around the ice. These guys are playing for each other and one goal, to build a program.
You can catch the team at home on December 1st and 2nd as they take on DePaul at the Lexington Ice Center. It’s a great time and fun atmosphere. Come on out and support the team!
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