Last night Kentucky got a bounce back win against EKU after dropping the first game in the series. Even though the game was at the Lexington Ice Center, it was a road game for UK as both teams share the center. With the win last night, the Cats move their record on the season to 15-7-1-1 (2-0 SECHC).
The crowd was mainly in EKU maroon and rowdy, but UK showed last night wasn’t going to happen again as the game got going. Both teams came out playing fast and hard, checking and showing why this is a rivalry game. A few minutes in, Jimmy Kasch would knock in back to back goals to give UK a 2-0 lead that would carry to the first intermission.
The second started with penalties on both teams (5 minute major for EKU, two 2 minute minors on UK) that happened as time expired in the first, which would result in a 4 on 3 power play for EKU. UK would kill off the 2 minute 4 on 3 to get a three minute power play which they would capitalize on. Beck Schultz would knock in the power play goal for UK and give them a 3-0 lead. EKU would get another power play chance a few minutes later, but it didn’t help them as Beck Schultz would score a short handed goal to give UK the 4-0 lead. Jordan Shannon would get in on the scoring with a power play goal of his own in the later stage of the second period for a 5-0 cushion.
UK would carry that 5-0 lead into the 3rd. EKU would capitalize on a UK penalty to score their only goal. Kentucky would keep the pressure on the Colonels and get the 5-1 victory. Jeff Ison played great between the pipes for Kentucky, keeping EKU off the board for over two and a half periods.
The Wildcats will now get into the heart of SECHC play these last two weeks of the regular season starting this coming weekend with a big road series against Vandy. The games will be played at the Ford Ice Center in Nashville, Tn on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th. If you are in the Nashville area come out a support the Cats as they go for two big SECHC wins.
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