Always an emotional match up, the #6 Oklahoma Sooners and #13 University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos met over the weekend in their 6th year of the bedlam series. Normally, OU comes out the victor in the series, alas this time UCO came out strong and dominated the weekend, sweeping the Sooners. The Sooners would go 5 periods of not scoring a goal by the end of Saturday’s game.
After coming off a very successful weekend series against #3 Lindenwood Lions (4-0 and 3-1) on the road, the Sooners would hope to carry on their luck coming into Edmond for the first of two against UCO. Earlier in the year, OU swept UCO with 7-3 and 4-2 scores. UCO was happy to return the favor, beating OU friday 5-2. The Sooners came out fast in the start, scoring just 48 seconds into the first with a rebound shot from Steven Behm. Shortly after, Jon Shanke would net another putting OU up 2-0 at the end of the first. Starting the second period, Jesse Bryant would ping one of the crossbar and be the last time the Sooners would get close to scoring.
The Sooners would allow 5 unanswered goals, letting UCO score twice while on a 5-on-3 and then on a 4-on-3 advantage. Matt Pombo had the start and would face 26 shots on goal.
Saturday afternoons rematch would not fare any better for the Sooners. The last game of the fall semester, OU would get shut out 4-0 by UCO. It would be the first time in the six year of playing against each other that UCO would sweep OU in the weekend series.
The Sooners would again have no luck with the power play, going 0 for 10 and did outshoot UCO 28-19. The Sooners had one chance to put a point on the board, but the goal was dis-allowed due to the net coming out of place (see pic).
UCO will play again this coming weekend (Dec. 9 & 10th), traveling to Robert Morris for 2 weekend games, then start there break. The Sooners will now rest and regroup and come back to ice on Jan. 7th hosting #1 Penn St.
***notes– The Sooners are sitting near the top of the ACHA Men’s Division 1 standings with 50 points, just behind Iowa St and Canton St. who both have 51 points.
Netminder Colin Fernandes sits in fourth place for minutes played with 1024.38 minutes.