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Ben Dines: All Time Goal Scoring Leader*
While it happened before this weekend, it was not made aware until now. Ben Dines surpassed Andrew Le with his 42 career goal! As Ben Dines has two more games until his ACHA D3 eligibility runs out, he looks to tack on more goals and attempts to put the record a little farther away from anyone else. It most be noted though that many years of statistics are missing, and alumni have informed us that Dave Renz is probably the all time goal scoring leader. However, congrats to Ben Dines!

11/10/08: Aggies lose to CSUN 8-4; Suffer heartbreaking defeat to Fresno State 3-2.
After driving 6 hours down Interstate 5, the Aggies came out flat footed against the talented Northridge team, giving up a 4 goal deficit before Ben Dines scored to get the Aggies on the board. The 2nd period featured the same score differential, with alternate captain Keisuke Teeple netting the Aggies lone goal. The 3rd period started off with an Aggie power play, the result of a late penalty in the 2nd period to Northridge. Teeple lit the lamp once again just 13 seconds into the period, closing the gap to 8-3. Alternate captain Alex Sloan scored midway through the 3rd period and the game ended 8-4, which featured a spirited battle between both teams, including many hits and goals (although mostly Northridge goals).

The next day, after driving 3 hours up Highway 99, the Aggies played Fresno State to a stalemate until 5 minutes into the 2nd period when the Bulldogs put in a goal. The game would remain this way for another 20 minutes when Fresno State tallied another goal to create a two goal lead. Ben Dines scored a huge power play goal with about 8 minutes left to cut the deficit to one, but Fresno State scored their own power play goal just two minutes later. Shortly thereafter, a scrum ensued in front of the Bulldog netminder and the Aggies found themselves on a power play. Keisuke Teeple was able to convert with two minutes remaining in the game, however the Aggies could not tally another goal and lose the game 3-2.
Notes: Keisuke Teeple led all Aggies with 3 goals on the year...The Aggies played against CSU Northridge with only 10 skaters...Jon Drinnan made 40 saves in the CSUN loss...3 more skaters magically appeared for the Fresno State game...Nick Stromberg played his first game in a while...Patrick Langham is out indefinitely with an upper body injury...The return of Eric Wulfemeyer seems close...Joaquin Rodriguez is out for the year due to personal reasons...

10/19/08: Aggies win close game in overtime against Gonzaga! Aggies then lose to College of the Canyons
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After killing a 5 on 3 in overtime, the Aggies clear the puck up to Alex Sloan, who had just stepped out of the penalty box, who slips a breakaway pass to Keisuke Teeple for a shorthanded game winning goal! Aggies win 5-4
-The next night, the Aggies were handed a defeat by a score of 7-2 to COC. A much improved team this year, COC showed some depth and a lot of skill, often rolling all 4 lines. The Aggies played short handed, missing Eric Wulfemeyer (again), Stephen Gribble, and Calvin Chu.
Notes: Bink (aka James Hinkle) scored two goals against Gonzaga...Greg DePalma scored a goal against his former team (COC)...DePalma played for COC the last two seasons...Head Coach Nick Rood took a minor for unsportsmanlike, joining Firrend Naaman as coaches who have been penalized...Joaquin Rodriguez was seen hunched over a trash can during the COC game...

10/12/08: Aggies win first game of the year!
(Game recap comes from Coach Le's blog)
"I was just as nervous before this game as I was nervous for any 1st game of the season...this was my 1st game coaching UC Davis because Coach Rood was out of town. Before the game, I was already dealt a bad hand when Joaquin and Wulfy weren't going to suit up. Obviously, the game plan was to run lines 1, 2, 3 so everyone got ample rest. So what a better way to calm my nerves and implement that plan than to have to kill a 5 on 3 just minutes into the game! Sloan and Eddie sat in the box, while Nate was hurt, leaving me Stromberg (only defenseman left) on the ice with two forwards. (Penalties were the story of the night...) We soon killed it off and after 1 period, we were up 2-0. One of the goals, Captain Birnbaum completely dangled the goalie. The few UC Davis fans in attendance were in awe (and by the way, I feel like the competed well against the SCU fans). The 2nd period was hard fought, as both teams mustered 1 goal each to make it a 3-1 game. Heading into the 3rd period, I was hoping that the boys would ice the game with another goal. My wishes never came true as SCU scored two goals in about the 1st 5 minutes or so. 3-3 dead even game. With about 12 minutes left in the game, the bench shortened to 2 lines. At about the 4 minute left mark, SCU has full control in our zone. Keisuke decides to be sneaky and cherry pick, while the SCU defensemen either didn't know he was behind them, or didn't care. A SCU forward tries to pass to his pointman...but misses and the puck goes straight to Keisuke! Breakaway goal. Then we ice the game with another goal and the team won their (and my) first game of the year."
Notes: Nick Stromberg and Nate Clough absolutely wrecked some players out there...Greg was pushed into the goalie, yet was sent to the box...The big guns all scored: Greg with 2, Keisuke, and Dines...Firrend Naaman took a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.

10/5/08: Aggies suffer loss in season opener
-Penalty trouble in the 1st period gave way to a CSUN 6-1 lead. Sophomore Alex Sloan scored the Aggies first goal of the season while short handed. CSUN's Chris Gale had a hat trick in the period, en route to a 5 goal game. The teams alternated parades to the penalty box in the 1st and 2nd periods, with the Aggies taking every penalty in the 1st, while CSUN took the majority of the calls in the 2nd. After CSUN mounted a 9-1 lead, starter (and reining team MVP) Jon Drinnan was pulled in favor of Angelo Arias. The Aggies showed some life afterwards by putting up 4 straight goals to bring the game to a 9-5 deficit. CSUN scored one more time in the 3rd period to end the game 10-5.
Notes: Aggies rookies Greg Depalma and James Hinkle scored their first ever goals...Hinkle's was on a penalty shot...Due to injury, Spenser Wagner played defense for most of the game, a position he hadn't played full time since his freshman year...

New recruits and tryout information:
-If you have gotten into school and are interested in trying out for the ice hockey team, please contact Coach Rood (nrrood@gmail.com) with your basic information: height, weight, position(s), years played, and where you have played.
-Tryouts will be held Monday 9/22 and Wednesday 9/24 at 9:15-10:45PM at the Vacaville Skating Center
-Please be aware that undergraduate students must be enrolled in 12 units (full time students), while graduate students must be enrolled in 6 units
-Students must also have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA to play

Player dues will be approximately $900-$1200 this season, pending potential regional and/or national tournaments. Dues includes ice time and all travel costs. New players must pay a one time fee of $150 for jerseys, socks, and a sweatshirt.

 


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