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Final season awards:
Sniper (most goals): Jeff Imahara
Playmaker (most assists): Berk Nelson
Sin Bin (most PIM): Berk Nelson
Eric Lindros (most often injured): Kiel Wheat
Rookie Freshman: Ben Dines

3/21/05: Playoffs: Grit...determination...adversity...all of these terms can be used to describe the UC Davis Ice Hockey team as they tried with all their might to make it to the championship game. Despite these efforts, they were left devastated when they lost in the semi-finals to Santa Rosa, after beating them just two days before. The playoffs were definitely a roller coaster ride for the Aggies, as game after game they alternated emotional highs and lows...

Thursday night...The Aggies faced off against the Santa Rosa Polar Bears, which was the third consecutive game against Santa Rosa. The Aggies came out flat footed and allowed Santa Rosa to score only 1:24 into the game. Nearing the end of the first period, the Aggies needed a rally before heading in to the break and Anthony Gadd answered to tie the game at 1-1. The second period was played tightly as both teams did not want to be down heading into the third. However, with the Aggies on the power play, Mike White put the puck in the net to give the Aggies a 2-1 lead. Moments later, Jeff Imahara was called for a 5 minute major penalty for clipping while Santa Rosa's Zach Brown was called for a 2 minute roughing minor. The Aggies were able to kill off Imahara's penalty and head into the intermission with momentum on their side. Unfortunately, Berk Nelson got hurt in the middle of the period when he strained what seemed to be his abdominal muscle. To start the third, the teams played tight hockey once again throughout most of the period. Then with about 5 minutes remaining, Jeff Imahara took matters into his own hands to give the Aggies a two goal lead at 3-1. Then the rain started to fall as Eddie Birnbaum scored a short handed goal less than 2 minutes later. Santa Rosa added a late goal, but to no avail as Mike White countered with an empty netter to finish the game. Aggies 5, Santa Rosa 2.
Notes:
The BIG line (Birnbaum, Imahara, Gadd) combined for 3 goals, 3 assists...Jeff Imahara hurt his wrist sometime during this game but continued to play...Berk Nelson did not play in the 3rd period due to his injury...he finished the game with 2 assists...

Friday morning...Maybe it was a case of lack of sleep, but the Aggies came out as slow as it gets against the Moorpark Raiders. Moorpark scored a quick goal 3 minutes into the game and the Aggies clung in there until near the end of the first period. Then at the 3:55 mark, the Aggies completely fell apart as they allowed 4 goals in a span of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Facing deficits had been a game the Aggies repeatedly faced during the regular season, but being down 5-0 would be a new challenge...it was a challenge the Aggies would not be able to answer. To add insult to injury (no pun intended), Mike White separated his shoulder midway through a second period in which Moorpark added two more goals to put the Aggies down 7-0.  To start the third period, Christy Roberts came in between the pipes to relieve Richard Niedzwieki to see her first game ever in the playoffs. She played stellar as she stopped shot after shot to rally the Aggies. Ben Dines would ruin Moorpark's shutout with about 4 minutes left in the game, but that was the Aggies only high point of the game. Moorpark scored one last goal when Christy Roberts was screened by teammates and foes and could not find the puck. Aggies 1, Moorpark 8.
Notes:
In the process of a big hit, Jeff Imahara broke a Moorpark player's helmet...The Aggies took no penalties in the game...Mike White sat out the third period due to his injury...Christ stopped 9 out of 10 shots faced...

Firday night...Needing a victory to move on to the semi-finals, the Aggies came out strong as ever against the defending champion College of the Canyons. Anthony Gadd got the show started just two minutes into the contest. The Aggies would not score again until the second period, when Anthony Gadd scored again shortly into the frame to put the Aggies up 2-0. The situation got tense when Jeff Imahara and the COC goalie scrambled for a loose puck at the hash marks. Jeff Imahara went into a slide to attempt to knock the puck past the goalie, but wound up crashing into the goalie. The goalie took offense and swung his stick over Jeff Imahara, but he only received a 2 minute minor. The Aggies dominated the entire game when Captain Nick Rood finished the scoring at 12:11 of the third period to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead. Nearing the end of the game, COC got chippy as it was apparent that the Aggies had the game in the bag. Aggies 3, COC 0.
Notes
: Anthony Gadd finished with 2 goals...Andrew Le led the team in PIM with 6...Eddie Birnbaum shifted to defense because Mike White could not suit up...no players were hurt in this game...

Saturday night...There could be no more losses if the Aggies were going to win the PCHA Championship. The Aggies faced off once again against Santa Rosa, except this time the Aggies were marred by new injuries in addition to lingering ones: Kiel Wheat pulled a chest muscle and Matt Coleman had a rib injury. Both teams came out strong, showing that they did not want to lose this game and go home early. Santa Rosa got on the board early as they scored near the end of the first period. The game continued to be played tightly, until the injured Berk Nelson scored late in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Now the crucial moment of the game occurred near the end of the second: Todd Guay took a freak 5 minute high sticking penalty and was also ejected from the game. A Santa Rosa player collapsed on the Aggies net and Todd Guay swung around instinctively and unfortunately clipped the player in the neck. The Aggies killed the rest of the second period, but the penalty carried over into the third. Coming out to play the third, the Aggies tried desperately to kill the penalty, but Santa Rosa scored twice to put the Aggies down 3-1. The rest of the game, the shorthanded Aggies battled ferociously, but to no avail as the game ended. Aggies 1, Santa Rosa 3.
Notes:
At one point late in the game, Berk Nelson, Jeff Imahara, Matt Coleman, and Mike White took the ice...all of whom were injured...Kiel Wheat was injured during warm-ups...still to this day, no one knows how that happened...Overall, Anthony Gadd led the team in goals with 3 and Jeff Imahara led the team in assists (5) and points (6)...Andrew Le led the team in PIM with 8...

...and thus, this marked the end of the line for the UC Davis Aggies season. The Aggies said goodbye to 8 departing seniors and welcomed 8 new alumni: Joe Angus, Jeremy Brooks, Matthew Coleman, Peter Derounian, Todd Guay, Berk Nelson, Nick Rood, and Michael White. It was a great season played by all and this was arguably the best team ever in UC Davis history to take the ice. Last but not least, the UC Davis Ice Hockey team would like to thank all the fans who came and supported the hockey team. Until next season...

 

2/27/05: The fans definitely showed up for the last home game of the season. The Aggie fans packed the house for the first time this season and there was only standing room left to see the highly anticipated game against the rough Santa Rosa Polar Bears. After an amazing national anthem was sung by Sheryl Salamanca, the Aggies were pumped and ready to show the fans a great game. Right out of the gate, Pete Derounian scored less than two minutes into the contest to put the Aggies up 1-0. Santa Rosa did not help their cause by taking a slew of penalties (39 PIM in the game). The game also marked the return of the oft-injured Kiel Wheat, who scored on a breakaway short-handed goal midway through the 1st period. Richard Niedzwieki stood on his head to keep the Aggies in the game, as Santa Rosa could not muster any goals. The Aggies however struggled mightily to find its power play touch, not scoring on any power play after the first goal by Derounian, including a few 5 on 3's. Halfway through the 3rd period, Anthony Gadd showed some great poise by causing a turnover through his efforts on the forecheck and scored on his mini-breakaway to put the Aggies up 3-0.

The next night in Santa Rosa, the Aggies took a page out of Jekyl and Hyde and quickly found themselves down 4-0 after a period in which Santa Rosa scored the 4 goals in less than 2 minutes. After being chewed out by a furious Berk Nelson, the Aggies rallied for 2 goals in the 2nd period from Ben Dines and superstar Jeff Imahara. Just as the Aggies were feeling the momentum going their way, Santa Rosa's Zach Brown scored his 3rd goal of the game to give the Polar Bears a 5-2 lead. Santa Rosa added another goal late in the 3rd period for a 6-2 lead. With the game out of hand, Joe Angus scored with 11 seconds left in the game.
Notes: The Aggies combines for 44 PIM in the two games...Santa Rosa combined for 61 PIM...The Aggie fans were led by the UC Davis Women's Rugby team on Friday night, who came out to support the Ice Hockey team...The UC Davis Synchro Ice Skating performed at intermission on Friday night...The shutout was Richard Niedzwieki's 2nd of the season and 3rd overall including his combined shutout...Berk Nelson finished the season with 65 PIM...

2/21/05: The Aggies went 2-1 on their road trip to Southern California, losing to College of the Canyons while defeating CSU Northridge and Moorpark. Friday night, the Aggies came out slow following the 6 hour drive from Davis to play COC. The Aggies could not find their legs until the third period, which they were already down 0-3. The Aggies also faced various injuries throughout the game to rookies Eddie Birnbaum and Ben Dines. They scored 3 goals in the third, but to no avail as COC won 5-3. They Aggies had momentum very late in the game, scoring twice in the last minute to salvage some pride out of the game. After the game, Berk Nelson gave one of his most inspiring speeches of the year to rally the troops for the final two games of the trip.

With a full day of rest, the Aggies came out Saturday pumped and ready to play. Unfortunately, CSUN got the first goal right off the bat to put the Aggies down early. The teams traded leads many times in the game, with CSUN taking a 4-3 lead in the 3rd period. With the Aggies down a goal late in the game, can you guess who scored a clutch goal to tie the game? If you said Jeff Imahara, you are exactly right. On his 2nd goal of the game, Jeff gave the Aggies a huge burst of momentum with only 2:48 remaining. The Aggies almost scored the go ahead with Berk Nelson getting tripped up and making a pass from his knees to Pete Derounian, but the CSUN goalie made a huge save. Heading into overtime, the Aggies were on the power play for a good minute or so on a carry over penalty. Right when the penalty expired, Mike White scored yet another game winning goal on a sweet back hand play. The Aggies would have gone into a frantic celebration, but Berk Nelson was being mugged by Mike Rhodes of CSUN. Captain Nick Rood was almost destroyed trying to hold back Berk Nelson.

With the win, the Aggies looked to take on the league leading Moorpark Raiders. It wasn't for lack of effort, but the Aggies found themselves down 0-3 after two period of play. Berk Nelson once again rallied the troops for the third period, predicting a win ala Mark Messier. The Aggies quickly scored two goals to start the third, with Berk assisting on Ben Dine's goal and scoring one of his own. Halfway through the period, Ben Dine's put in his 2nd goal of the game to tie the game at three a piece. This goal was originally called off, but after the referees conferred, the goal was counted. Shortly after, Pete Derounian scored a huge goal with about 6 minutes to go in the game. The Aggies then played some shutdown defense to preserve the win.
Notes: The Aggies can take first place with a little bit of help...Fresno State needs to lose its last game against SDSU...Berk Nelson had 2 goals and 4 assists in the weekend in addition to his prediction of a comeback...Jeff Imahara had 3 goals to pad his lead to 26 goals...The Aggies had 34 PIM during the weekend, not counting Mike White's 10 minute misconduct...

2/5/05: The Aggies came out slow expecting SDSU to be the same team from their previous road trip in which the Aggies won 4-0. The Aztecs have improved under the tutelage of savvy coaches Dave Mischel and Dave Hough who are both UC Davis Alumni. The scoring got started by none other than Jeff Imahara at 5 minutes into the game. SDSU responded right away with a goal 5 seconds later, charging the net right off the face-off. The game was played tightly with no more goals until the third period, when SDSU scored to take a 2-1 lead. With the Aggies getting desperate for goals, the BIG line answered with two huge goals. Only 5 minutes remained in the game when Eddie Birnbaum hit the back of the net on a feed from Jeff Imahara. The game looked like it was heading to overtime when the BIG line went coast to coast starting with an outlet pass from Eddie Birnbaum to Jeff Imahara and then, Jeff took control of the play. After trying to pull the same deke all game, it finally worked out when he went between the defender's legs, recovered the puck, and scored high glove side on the goalie with about a minute left.
Notes: Jeff Imahara's new name is "Clutch" Imahara...Jeff also had the hugest hip check of the year, flipping the SDSU player end over end...Jeff Imahara is still one assist shy of matching Berk Nelson for the team lead...Matt Coleman has set a new career high in PIM with 4...Berk Nelson has crossed the half-century mark with 51 PIM...

1/30/05: Going into the game, the Aggies sought redemption for losing to the College of the Canyons in the championship game last spring. The Aggies came out strong, but only had one goal to show for at the first intermission by Mike White, who ripped a slap shot over the goalie's shoulder. There would have been a two goal lead after the 1st period, but Jeff Imahara had a goal called off because of a man in the crease. Shortly into the 2nd period, Andrew Le scored his 3rd goal of the year on a beautiful pass from Pete Derounian, which would stand to be the game winner. Once again a goal was called off as Anthony Gadd appeared to score, only to have the whistle blow right before it went in the net. So instead of a 4-0 lead, the Aggies went into the 2nd intermission with a 2-0 lead. About 7 minutes into the 3rd period, Anthony Gadd got his goal back from a Jeff Imahara pass. Halfway through the last period, Richard Niedzwieki lost his bid for a shutout when Jason Feller scored, cutting the COC deficit to 3-1. The Aggies iced the game with a goal from Eddie Birnbaum with about 3 minutes left and another from Jeff Imahara with only 6 seconds remaining.
Notes: Jeff Imahara is only 1 assist away from tying Berk Nelson for team lead...Jeff currently leads the team with 21 goals...the BIG line (Birnbaum, Imahara, Gadd) had 3 goals and 3 assists...Berk Nelson is a penalty away from crossing the 50 PIM mark...Of his 3 goals on the year, Andrew Le has scored 2 game winners...

1/23/05: The Aggies called out some alumni to have a fun scrimmage in which defense would not matter. After one period though, the score was only 2-0 in favor of the Blue team. The score repeatedly went back and forth until the Blue team scored 5 straight from the late 2nd period and early 3rd. The White team scored a few down the stretch, but the Blue answered back every time.
Notes: The Aggies were blessed to have the presence of Bruce German, who was on the founding team...Nick Rood had 7 goals and 4 assists...and a penalty for boarding Joe Angus...Richard Niedzwieki played a great game, allowing 9 goals for the win...Joe Angus absolutely laid out Mike Idarola...twice...Pete Aiello was the only player to go pointless in the game...THE BIG ALUMNI GAME WILL BE ON PICNIC DAY 4/16/05!!!

1/22/05: The Aggies looked to start their three game home stand off right with a win and continue building their momentum from the previous two wins (against Cal and Palmer). The game started off as a tight one, with no scoring until midway through the first when veteran Pete Derounian hit the back of the net. The Aggies quickly added another one about a minute later as Anthony Gadd found his scoring touch. Northridge answered with their first goal with about two minutes left in the first period to try to slow the Aggies down. One minute later, Joe Angus scored his first goal in over a year on a centering pass from Berk Nelson to put the Aggies up 3-1. With momentum definitely in the Aggies favor, Pete Derounian scored right off the bat in the second period to put the Aggies up by three. Northridge answered with a goal of their own fifteen seconds later and another five minutes after that to narrow the Aggie lead to 4-3. The turning point in the game was when the Aggies were already on the power play with about 6 minutes left in the third and a Northridge player took a 5 minute major penalty for cross checking Mike White, who showed poise in not retaliating. The Aggies iced the game with a hat trick goal by Pete Derounian and another goal from Anthony Gadd.
Notes: Anthony Gadd surpassed his rookie goal total from last season with 7 this year...Pete Derounian passed the injured Ben Dines for second on the team in goals behind sniper Jeff Imahara...Jeff Imahara did not score...but he notched 3 assists...Berk Nelson did not take a penalty...but Pete Derounian had 2 penalties...Chris Cress did not play in the 3rd period due to injury...

1/15/05: UC Davis dropped a bomb on Palmer...an Eddie Birnbaum. The up-and-coming rookie came through with a hat trick as the Aggies defeated the chiropractors by a score of 11-7. Playing with a bench of only 10 skaters, the Aggies felt a sense of urgency to get on the board quick and not allow Palmer to gain any momentum. Although the score indicated that the game was relatively close, the Aggies were in full control throughout, scoring 4 quick goals to start. Palmer continually chipped away at the Aggie lead and were able to put together some goals in bunches, but were never able to take control of the game. Play got chippy towards the end of the game as 2 skaters from both teams were sent to the box for roughing penalties. Eddie Birnbaum put the icing on the cake with an empty netter to finish his hat trick.
Notes: Fellow rookie Ben Dines also had a hat trick, his second of the year...Ben Dines also partially tore his shoulder and will be out at least two weeks...Jeff Imahara scored 2 goals to get his 20th of the year...Defenseman Mike White led all Aggies with 5 points...Every Aggie skater received a point in the game...At one point, the Aggies only had 7 skaters available due to injury and penalties...Most of the fans in the stands were cheering for UC Davis.

1/9/05: Over the weekend, the Aggies split the home and home series with the Cal Bears. Friday night at the Berkeley Iceland, the Aggies came out strong with two goals from rookie Ben Dines. Goalie Richard Niedzwiecki stood on his head in the first two periods to keep the Aggies in the game, stopping a flurry of shots from the Bears. He could only do so much though, as the Bears continued to fire and put in four straight goals to take a 4-2 lead. Jeff Imahara continued to prove why he is a sniper, scoring with just under 2 minutes remaining in the game to trim the Cal lead to 4-3. The Aggies looked like they were about to tie the game late, but Brad Buss made a spectacular save on Jeff Imahara's tip off of Matt Coleman's blast from the point. The Bears scored on an empty net to defeat the Aggies 5-3.

Redemption came the next day as the Aggies looked to defend their home ice. The Aggies came out strong, but Brad Buss would not allow them to score in the first half of the game. The Aggies found themselves on the power play for much of the first period, but were unable to capitalize. Chris Moulton of Cal scored the first two goals of the game to put the Aggies in a hole early on. The Aggies received a 5 minute power play at 9:29 of the 2nd period and were finally able to cash in on the opportunity. Jeff Imahara and Mike White both scored during the major penalty to tie the game at 2. Mike White added another power play goal early in the third period to put to Aggies up 3-2. Cal tied the game on Chris Moulton's hat trick goal with about 5 minutes to go in the game. Aggie veteran Berk Nelson scored the eventual game winner less than a minute later to give the Aggies the 4-3 lead and Eddie Birnbaum followed suit 30 seconds later to go up 5-3. Cal pulled Brad Buss near the end to go for a last minute push, but Jeremy Brooks scored the empty netter as the Aggies won 6-3.
Notes: Berkeley's first line (Chris Moulton, Sean Haq, Amir Moazeni) scored 7 of their 8 goals in the home and home series...The Aggies BIG line (Birnbaum, Imahara, Gadd) recorded 3 goals and 7 assists over the 2 games...Jeremy Brooks received a 10 minute misconduct penalty, but was not stripped of his assistant captaincy duties...The Aggies won the season series, going 2-1 against Cal...

12/3/04: The Aggies came out hard in UC Berkeley's home rink with Pete Derounian putting a quick goal on the board to give the Aggies the early lead. There would be no more scoring until the middle of the 2nd period, when Anthony Gadd pulled out a Jeff Imahara-like move to freeze the goalie and stuffed the puck into the empty net to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead. Late in the 2nd period, the play got chippy as Andrew Le got into a scrap with Berkeley captain Chris Dang and Francois Pellerin. Andrew Le was given a 5 minute major for slashing while Pellerin received 2 minutes for roughing. This would prove costly, as Berkeley trimmed the lead to 2-1 with an early power play goal in the third. The game remained close all night until about 5 minutes left in the third, when the Aggies slammed the door with two quick goals by Jeremy Brooks and none other than Jeff Imahara. With the game just about over, there was another scrap as Anthony Gadd mixed it up with Dylan Taylor. While both players received matching minor penalties, the game finished cleanly.
Notes: Jeff Imahara had two goals called off, which would have given him another hat trick...Captain Nick Rood was not the captain by the end of the night as the referees stripped him of his captaincy and gave him a 10 minute misconduct...Jeremy Brooks took over the captaincy...the season series with UC Berkeley is currently 1-1.

Gold Rush Tournament: Battle for NorCal bragging rights
12/3: UC Davis 4, UC Berkeley 1
12/3: San Jose State 13, Stanford 1
12/4*see below*: San Jose State 7, UC Berkeley 5

*Note about Gold Rush: The Aggies were not able to make the championship game with San Jose State because many players had finals and UC Davis was already riding a short bench as it was (with only 11 players healthy after the Berkeley game). Only about 7 players would have been able to play in the championship game, so Berkeley was asked to play in UC Davis' place.

11/20/04: On Saturday, the Aggies proved that a 3 hour car ride and a shortened bench couldn't stop them from beating Fresno State in their home arena. In the only game Fresno State would play in the Save Mart Center, the Aggies were only able to suit up 11 skaters because of various reasons. Heart and determination would lead the way as the Aggies quickly went up 2-0, with goals by from Aggie snipers Jeff Imahara and Berk Nelson. Fresno State struck back with two goals of their own to tie the game. Berk Nelson added another goal to give the Aggies a brief lead, but Fresno State countered once again to tie the game at three. The game was so close that only a defensive letdown would mean the difference. With about 5 minutes remaining in the third period, Aggie veteran Mike White carried the puck into the Fresno zone with Ben Dines on the wing. Although Mike lost the puck at the top of the circles, he and Ben tied up the opposing players while Andrew Le snuck in and scored with the aid of a huge screen. The last 5 minutes of the game were hectic as the tired Aggies battled to dump the puck and not let Fresno State gain control. The Aggies held on to the slim 4-3 lead to win the game and head into Thanksgiving with a win.
Notes: Andrew Le scored his first of the year in 10 games...he had 10 goals last year in 15 games as a Freshman...Berk Nelson narrowly missed an open net at the end of the game, which would have made a hat trick...Matt Coleman was assessed his first penalty since the 2002-2003 season...

11/12/04: The Aggies were defeated by the Moorpark Raiders Friday night by the score of 6-2. Penalty trouble once again cost the Aggies as they gave Moorpark two 5-on-3's in the first period. Facing a 3-0 deficit heading in to the 3rd period, Aggie sniper Jeff Imahara got the scoring started by putting in a power play goal. Shortly after, Berk Nelson followed with his own power play goal to cut the lead to 3-2. Feeling destined for a come back, the Aggies played hard, only to have Moorpark score three straight goals to end the game. The Aggies look to right the ship as they head to Fresno to play the Bulldogs in the only game Fresno State will play in their home arena.

11/6/04: Facing off against UCSD on Saturday, the Aggies were seeking revenge for their loss in San Diego a few weeks back. The Aggies came out strong and were never down in the game, finishing off UCSD by a score of 5-2. Aggie superstar transfer student Jeff Imahara had his third hat-trick in three games through hard work, determination, and one sick toe-drag through two UCSD defenders. The game was filled with penalties and special teams were a key factor in the Aggie's win. Two of Jeff Imahara's goals were on the power play (both of which were scored in the third period) and the Aggies were able to kill off a 5 on 3 and subsequently scored right after. The Aggies will look to keep up their three game win streak on Friday against Moorpark.

10/30/04: UC Davis 17, Stanford 0...and that is not a tribute to the football team. On Saturday night, your Aggies came out pumped and ready to pummel the Stanford Cardinals. This game was in the Aggie's control right from the get-go, as UC Davis was up 4-0 after the first period. Shortly thereafter, Christy Roberts got her first taste of action for the season as she replaced Richard Niedzwiecki between the pipes. By the end of the night, she finished the game to corecord back to back shutouts. Four Aggies had recorded a hat trick (Jeff Imahara, Pete Derounian, Ben Dines, and Anthony Gadd). Rookie freshmen Ben Dines (3 g) and Eddie Birnbaum (2 g) recorded the first goals of their UC Davis careers.
Notes: The other shutout was against SDSU 10/23/04. Berk Nelson (6 assists) broke Mike Idarola's record of 5 assists in a game. Matt Coleman, Anthony Gadd, Jeff Imahara, and Eddie Birnbaum each recorded 5 assists. Ben Dines is the second rookie in two seasons to record a hat trick as his first three goals (the other being Andrew Le).

10/29/04: The game between UC Davis and Stanford was cancelled in the second period due to a ferocious hit delivered by Michael White to a Stanford player that broke the door to the rink... no make up has been announced

10/25/04: The Aggies split this weekend in San Diego losing to UCSD 3-4 and beating SDSU 4-0. Against UCSD, the Aggies were coming fresh off an 8 hour car ride anxious to play against their cross state rivals. The game went back and forth, including a goal called off by a phantom "man in the crease" by UC Davis and a few calls going UCSD's way. In the end however, UCSD pulled out a victory by breaking the 3-3 tie with 2.2 seconds left in the game. The next day, the Aggies were left looking to redeem the road trip with a match against SDSU. The first period was a good one for the Aggies as they outshot SDSU 13 to 4, but couldn't muster a goal. Finally in the 2nd period, rookie transfer Jeff Imahara broke the tie to give the Aggies the lead 1-0. That opened the flood gates as UC Davis added 3 more in the 3rd, including two more by Imahara for his team leading 7th goal and first career hat trick. Richard Niedzwiecki notched his first ever UC Davis shutout for UC Davis' 3rd win of the season.

10/16/04: The Aggies defeated Fresno State by a score of 4-3 on Friday night after not leading for most of the game. Facing 0-2 and 1-2 deficits, the Aggies battled back and rallied to tie the game twice thanks to rookie Jeff Imahara (including once short handed). Finally, the Aggies got the lead with a miniscule 5 seconds left on the board thanks to a clutch goal by Mike White right off the face off. The Aggies played strong all night and every line on the ice was looking solid. A key factor in the game was that the Aggies stayed out of the penalty box, unlike previous games.

10/10/04: UC Davis had a productive weekend splitting the games by beating Stanford 8-4 and losing to San Jose State 1-4. Against Stanford, UC Davis was rolling after the 1st period leading 5-1 and cruised to the season's first victory in front of many Aggie fans although it was an away game to a score of 8-4. The next day, Logitech Ice was packed with rowdy San Jose State fans with Aggie fans here and there. The Aggies found themselves down early 0-3 at the end of the 1st, but followed with two strong periods of hockey to break the shutout but lose 1-4. This was a re-acquaintance of sorts as UC Davis has not played San Jose State's top hockey team in a few years.

10/1/04: Your team suffered a tough loss to UC Berkeley 3-4 as the Aggies lead at one point 3-2. The game was filled with penalties (23 total between both teams) as the referees really clamped down on any infractions. Not to be lost in all this was Jeff Imahara's first career UC Davis goal and a great game played by the Aggies. We will look to rebound against UC Berkeley for a rematch on December 3rd at Berkeley.

9/28/04: Practices are tentatively Monday @ 10:45 PM and Wednesday @ 9:15 PM.

9/20/04: We're proud to announce that we have made the jump up from the PCHA (Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association) to the American Division of the PCHA.


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