Alumni Game recap:
The game was back and forth, as the score difference was never greater than 3 goals. Matt Coleman and Eric Chao lead the Alumni with 2 goals a piece, while Andrew Le paced the current Aggies with 3 goals, and Alternate Captain Tobin Dennis and rookie phenom Charlie Cohn had 2 goals each. One of the best players in team history, Jeff Imahara, only scored one goal on the night due to the amazing saves the trio of current Aggie goaltenders made (Firrend Naaman, Angelo Arias, and Jon Drinnan). You could say that he's kind of washed up. Speaking of goalies, Christy Roberts came back to strap on the pads after 1 and half years off, and Mike Amerikaner played as well.
Notes: The game wasn't without controversy as departing graduate student Jeremy Brooks was set to play for the current team, but Nick Rood stole him away for the Alumni...Tobin Dennis played his final game as an Aggie and had 4 points (2 g, 2 a)...Andrew Le scored his 3rd ever hat trick...but this doesn't really count...Stephen Priest scored his first ever UC Davis goal...too bad it doesn't count either...Dave Kim missed the game, because it was a Friday night and he had no way to get from downtown Davis to the game...Dr Bruce German broke 2 ribs and suffered a partially collapsed lung in the 1st period, but still managed to finish the game.
Alumni game stats:
1/29/07: After taking the tough 3-0 loss
against Fresno State the week before, the Aggies came out energized to
play ACHA ranked San Diego State. After an amazing 1st period, where the
Aggies battled to keep the game tied 1-1, the flood gates opened as the
Aztecs scored 10 unanswered goals. The Aggies could not bail out goalie
Jonathan Drinnan with some goals, as the opposition put 55 pucks on
nets. Tobin Dennis scored the only goal on a tip from a shot from
Charlie Cohn in the 1st period.
1/23/07: The Aggies came off a tough road trip, going winless against UCSD, SDSU, and UC Irvine. Playing UCSD Friday night, the Aggies came out strong, but a momentary lapse led to two quick Triton goals in the middle of the first. After the 1st period, the Tritons took over scoring nine more goals for the 11-0 win over the Aggies. The 2nd and 3rd periods were full of penalties, including a melee in front of the Triton net as Andrew Le got called for charging the goalie while Andy Roberson and Dan Nguyen jumped in to fight off Tritons. Another time in the 3rd period, while the Aggies were on a 5 on 3 power play, there became a 5 on 3 fight on the fight with all 8 players being sent to the penalty box. While the theatrics made for an exciting game for the fans, Coach Rood could be seen shaking his head at all the action.
The next night against SDSU, the Aggies came out as strong as ever, even though Eric Wulfemeyer was suspended and Chris Cress was at a family function. Sean McGill would not be stopped and he put the Aggies on the board first for the 1-0 lead. It was all for naught, as SDSU mounted a quick comeback led by #52 Ben Nicoll, who scored a natural hat trick in the 1st period with all three goals being short handed. The Aztecs scored nine goals total for the 9-1 win.
The Sunday game against UC Irvine featured a hungry Aggie team still looking for their first victory. The 1st period was one they would love to forget, when Irvine scored 4 unanswered goals. After the 1st, the rest of the game was played 0-0. The game featured only three penalties between the two teams, but of course the Aggies took two of the three. A few goals here and there and this would have been a great game down to the wire.
1/7/07: Congrats to the Aggies for notching their first
point of the season with a tie against Palmer College. More to come.
10/25/06: After having 17 players the week before, the Aggies barely managed to throw 3 lines out on the ice this past weekend. With some players out due to injury and others due to previous engagements, the Aggies fought as hard as they could against ACHA DII teams Cal and Stanford. The Friday night game against Cal proved to be a difficult game when they jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after the 1st period. The Aggies, with only 13 players suited up, fought back hard in the 2nd period and matched Cal goal for goal with three. Rookie defenseman Nick Stromberg scored the first of his Aggie career with a blast from the point after Tobin Dennis made the play to get Stromberg the puck. The Aggies finished the 2nd period with two goals in under two minutes, with Andrew Le scoring on a semi-breakaway power play goal and rookie Charlie Cohn putting in a short handed goal. Cal finished just like they started and outscored the Aggies 4-1 in the 3rd period to put the game away. Andrew Le scored the lone 3rd period goal after Tobin Dennis caused all sorts of commotion in front of the net.
The next day against Stanford, the Aggies brought
only 11 players to the game, as Calvin Chu hurt his back and Stephen
Priest had grad student matters to take care of. Stanford scored the
first goal of the game, but the Aggies came back with two straight to
take the lead with an unassisted goal from Tobin Dennis and also Dan
Nguyen's first career goal. The lead did not last, as Stanford quickly
tied it up and also regained the lead with a heartbreaking goal late in
the 1st period. Not discouraged, Ben Dines came out of the locker room
furious and put one in the back of the net early in the 2nd period.
Stanford mimicked the 1st period and scored two more goals to take a 5-3
lead. Once again, Ben Dines put the puck in the net with only 8 seconds
left in the period to bring the Aggies within one goal! Unfortunately,
Stanford did not pay for enough ice time, so the 3rd period was running
time. Instead of a 20 minute period, the Aggies probably played about 10
minutes. Nonetheless, the Aggies were not able to mount a comeback and
10/15/06: Starting the season for the
2006-2007 Aggies were Tobin Dennis (C), Ben Dines (LW), Calvin Chu (RW),
Chris Cress (D), Charlie Cohn (D), and Jonathan Drinnan (G). Rookie
freshmen Chu, Cohn, and Drinnan impressed during tryouts and were
rewarded for their hard work. Finally, the drop of the puck came and we
officially started the season. Both teams battled hard in the 1st
period, but UC Irvine managed to outshoot the Aggies by a wide margin of
14 to 6. Drinnan made some phenomenal saves to keep the Aggies close,
but Irvine scored a huge momentum swinging goal with just under a minute
left in the 1st to take the lead. Coming out strong in the 2nd, Irvine
added another goal about 2 minutes into the period for the 2-0 lead, and
also scored another late one for a 3-0 lead. The Aggies were playing on
their heals as Irvine once again outshot the Aggies 14-2. The forward
lines just were not clicking, so the coaching staff made a change,
switching Andrew Le and Calvin Chu. During the intermission, Captain
Chris Cress fired up the team with a motivating speech. After the game,
Cress told us, "I just wanted to see some more passion from the boys.
It's our home opener and we don't want to go out by getting shut out."
The team came out strong to begin the 3rd period and late in the penalty
kill shift, Ben Dines rushed in and fired the puck over the goalie's
shoulder for his first of the year. Aggies down 3-1. Irvine
responded with another goal of their own to take back the 3 goal lead.
Then, Charlie Cohn rushed the puck up on the power play and skated in 2
on 1 with Andrew Le. Cohn faked the goalie out and put the puck in
himself, scoring his first ever UC Davis goal. With the pressure still
and a 2 goal deficit, Andrew Le took a pass from Charlie Cohn and skated
down the left wing. He picked up his head and fed a backhand saucer pass
to Ben Dines for the easy tap-in power play goal to bring the Aggies
within one. With the momentum in the Aggies favor, an unfortunate
penalty gave Irvine the power play, which they scored on. The Aggies
were not able to overcome this last 2 goal deficit and lost 5 to 3.
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