Last night the University of Kentucky Hockey Club came up a goal short against rival Eastern Kentucky in the yearly battle for the Bourbon Barrel 6-5. This moves UK’s record to 14-7-1-1 (2-0 in SECHC).
The team got a pregame talk from UK quarterback Stephen Johnson, and the team came out and took a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period. Second semester addition, Patrick Lehmann, got his first goal as a Cat to give the team a 1-0 lead. Kentucky would take advantage of EKU mistakes by scoring on two straight power plays with goals by Beck Schultz and Griffin Stulman, another second semester addition, for a 3-0 lead. EKU would get on the board and the first would end 3-1.
The second saw EKU make the best of the man advantage as they scored off two Kentucky penalties to tie the game at three all. In a 4 on 4 situation, Schultz would score on a pretty wrap around to give UK the 4-3 lead, but EKU would score again to end the 2nd all tied at four each.
EKU would score early in the 3rd for a 5-4 lead, but Jordan Shannon would answer on UK’s next power play to tie the game again. EKU would get a short handed goal on a UK power play turnover to take a 6-5 lead and that would be the final score of the game.
You could tell this was a big rivalry game from the atmosphere in the building. The stands were split down the middle, half UK and half EKU, and they would go back and forth with each other as the play on the ice did. If you would like to be apart of a really cool environment, then come down to the Lexington Ice Center tonight for the second game of the series. Tonight EKU will be the home team because the two teams share the center. The game starts at midnight, but I would suggest getting there early because last nights game sold out. It is $7 to get in to the game. Come early, wear blue, and BE LOUD.
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