The last time Oklahoma and Texas faced off on the ice, the Sooners took a 18-2 and 14-0 victories. Fast forward 8 years, and the rematch nearly ended the same way for Texas.
Division II Texas traveled to Oklahoma City for the Sooners home opener weekend. They made the trip, with the rest of their season on doubt. Word is that they will be losing their home ice in the coming months, putting the team in jeopardy unless they manage to find a new home.
Fridays home opener started with the team making their leader assignments, Senior Blake Martin was named as Captain, Jesse Bryant and Troy Puente being honored as Alternate Captains.
Oklahoma would run away with a 16-0 thrashing of the University of Texas Friday night. After a slow start in the first period, Oklahoma would score 7 in the second, 6 in the third period. Texas would fail to get on the board, not able to covert off of 7 power play chances. The night marked freshman Colin Fernandes’s first night in goal for OU, but would not work up a sweat with the Longhorns only putting nine shots on goal the entire game.
Sophmore Alex Jacobs would score his first goal as a Sooner in the blowout on a shorthanded chance in the first period. All but two players on the Sooner bench would score either a goal or an assist point against Texas in the win.
Texas netminder Jason Magusiak alone faced 61 shots in the loss. Magusiak has played in the D2 level with Saint Louis University and is now playing his final year of eligibility in Texas. Although enjoying beating Texas to the ground, several Sooner fans started to cheer for Magusiak who was still managing to play a good game and came up with some impressive saves.
Saturday afternoon was nearly a repeat performance, with the Sooners closing out their home opener with a 13-0 shut out win.
Junior forward Nic Power pulled out a hat trick in the first period plus one to help the win. The four goals tied an OU Hockey record for most goals scored by an OU player that was previously set by Justin Hall and Dan Carmody in the 2003 matchup against Texas.
Senior netminder Matt Pombo and incoming freshman, Fancy-pants Louis Libin shared time in the net for Saturday’s game, facing a combined 8 shots on goal.