An uncharacteristically sluggish Lobos hockey team rallied to beat the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Ore Diggers last night by a final score of 5-4.
The Lobos, who seemed to lack their usual speed, started the scoring off in the first frame. UNM's #85, Max Smith, had a goal waived off at 14:48 in the first, but teammate Jake Crappell, who wears #11 for the Lobos, was able to ring home an unassisted goal at 10:28. The Ore Diggers answered at 4:40 sending both teams to the locker room with a goal apiece.
The second period brought more scoring action from the visitors. The CSM team, a better forechecking team than many expected, scored twice in the second frame. UNM's Daniel Bency scored for the home team off a rebound midway through the frame, but the Lobos headed into the intermission trailing the Ore Diggers 3-2.
The visitors scored twice in the third period, putting CSM up by a score of 5-3. The Lobos, however would rally and would score three unanswered goals in the last six minutes of the game. Nick Madrid, who now stands fifth in points in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, would score at 6:19. UNM's Don "Woogie" Gadomski put a goal past the visiting goalie on the stick side at 4:52. Daniel Bency and Ben Njus assisted on the final goal at 1:54, putting UNM up by a goal. The Lobos would hold on to beat the Ore Diggers by a final of 5-4.
UNM's Ian McMaster was awarded a penalty shot during the third period after being dragged down on his way to an empty Colorado net, but failed to score.
The two teams face off again tonight at 8:00 PM at the Outpost Ice Arena in Albuquerque.