The #7 Oklahoma Sooners (10-4) will be hosting the #2 ranked, well rested, Lindenwood Lions (6-2) this weekend (7:30 Fri., 4:00 Sat.) at the Blazers Ice Center, after coming off a successful weekend against Texas A&M. The Sooners are 6-0 at home and hope to remain undefeated on home ice. Lindenwood last faced University of Central Oklahoma before their bye-week, taking down UCO 6-3 and 4-1.
OU came out fast and hard Friday night against the D2 Texas A&M team, bringing in a 13-1 win in the first ever meeting between the two clubs. Both Broderick Browne and Jon Schanke each scored two goals, Schanke scoring one of his on a shorthanded chance. Travis McKinney and Alex Jacobs ended the night with 3 assists, while nine other Sooner players put up markers.
Colin Fernandes started in net in Friday’s game, earning the win, stopping 4 of the 5 shots from the Aggies, playing just over 30 minutes. Tender Matt Pombo came in for relief and stopped all five shots he had to face.
Saturday’s early start might have had some effect on the Sooners, as they managed to only put up a few goals the 4-0 shutout win. A hard hitting game, OU just couldn’t find a way past A&M’s Clair Gannon, who stopped 22 pucks in the 33 minutes of relief in Friday’s game. The Sooners only put 4 fewer pucks on net Saturday than Friday’s game (44 vs 48).
With a smidgen of fouls trouble, forwards Taylor Paziuk and Nic Power were each able to put up a shortie each, with Shane Vorndran scoring on a power play chance. Vorndran now leads the Sooners with 18 goals so far this season. Jesse Bryant scored the lone even strength goal in the win.
Goaltender Louis Libin (1.09) got his start in net, albiet seeing little action on his side of the rink. Libin would earn the shutout, his first with the Sooners, stopping all 12 shots from the Aggies.
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