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Wildcats get checked by Metro State

Weber State University’s hockey team fell short with a 6–4 loss against Metropolitan State University on Jan. 28.

Robbie Brennan stops a shot on goal.
Robbie Brennan stops a shot on goal. Photo credit: WSU Hockey

Daniel Dvorak opened the game up with a goal for MSU with 16:58 remaining in the first period.

Not much scoring happened until Roadrunner Tanner Caldarola hit a goal with 7:50 on the clock, pushing their lead to 2–0.

Going into the second period, MSU kept their momentum with a goal from Dvorak after five minutes of play. Not too long after, Caldarola scored with 7:28 left on the clock, putting the Roadrunners up 4–0.

The Wildcats got their first goal of the night from Osman Cholak with 5:44 left in the second period. MSU responded with a goal of their own, making the score 5–1 going into the third period.

Isaac Espinosa skates past a Colorado University player.
Isaac Espinosa skates past a University of Colorado player. Photo credit: WSU Hockey

“We had a nice little talk from our coaches to get our mindsets a little more clear. I think we’re making good plays. We just had a hard time finishing,” Wildcat forward Jacob Besnilian said. “We’re doing the right things and making hard plays, but they’re getting to the net, as well, so credit to them. Our goalies and defenders were having a hard time keeping everyone from the net.”

The Wildcats started to make a comeback in the third period. Besnilian scored for Weber State with 18:49 left on the clock. Not long after, Besnilian scored another goal that off an assist from Will Fobair with 15:08 remaining.

With the score at 5–3, things started to heat up on the ice. After a fairly clean first two periods, both teams combined for five penalties in the second half.

Besnilian scored another goal for the Wildcats with 12:29 remaining in the game off a Fobair assist. The Wildcats’ comeback, however, was stopped by Trenton Queen for MSU, who scored the final goal of the night with 8:04 remaining in the game.

Andrew Gorges skates past a cluster of Colorado University players.
Andrew Gorges skates past a cluster of University of Colorado players. Photo credit: WSU Hockey

“We clearly weren’t ready to play. They came out and they were all over us,” Coach Yosh Ryujin said. “It took us to the third period to get in the game, and you know got to give the guys credit for climbing back in there and getting it to within a goal. We got to build on the last 20 minutes of this game.”

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