Hockey downs USC and DU

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Authors: Nick Piburn

Third-period domination is becoming a common theme for the Rams

hockey team this year. After coming back against Weber State from

three down to tie the game two weeks ago, the Rams again dominated

the final period Friday as they beat Southern California 4-2.

The game was very close in the first two periods, as the teams

went into the third period tied at two.

“The game was pretty much back and forth the whole way,” said

CSU hockey President Jordan Stover. “Neither team could really

sustain any type of pressure.”

As the final period began, the game took on a whole new

existence.

“Both the intensity and the hitting really started to pick up in

the third,” Stover said. The Rams were able to use it to their

advantage though, as they scored the game-winning goal with about

four minutes left in the game.

After the goal, the Rams took a couple of bad penalties,

including a five-minute major and a game misconduct for Stover’s

rough play.

The Rams were able to hold the lead after the penalties, and

they even added an empty netter on a 6-on-3 situation to seal the

victory.

“Although we won, our coaches grilled us for the penalties we

took at the end of the game,” Stover said.

The Rams carried over the confidence boost they received from

the USC win to help them outplay the University of Denver Saturday

at the Ikon Center in Cheyenne, Wyo. The Rams won the game 7-2 and

improved their season record to 10-1-2.

The Rams again will play DU this Sunday in Denver. The big

matchup will come on Nov. 20-21 as the Rams face off against

Colorado. The Rams, No. 1 in the Western Conference, will travel to

Boulder to face No. 2 CU on Nov. 20. The teams will turn around and

come back up to play here in Fort Collins at the Edora Pool and Ice

Center on Nov. 20.

Loss to CU ends women’s rugby season

The CSU women’s rugby team played its season finale against

Colorado on Sunday in Boulder. The Rams came out flat to start the

game and fell behind by three tries in the first half. The score at

halftime was 21-0 as CU dominated the play.

The Rams were not willing to let this one go easily as they came

out on fire in the second half. The team scored four tries in all,

one each by freshman Amanda Kehmeier and senior Joelle Milholm and

two from junior Koreen Padjen. The comeback effort was not enough

as CU added two more scores in the second half to win the game

45-24.

The Rams finished their season at 4-5. The team is off until

next semester when it begins the spring season at the Valentine Day

Massacre in mid-February in Breckenridge.

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