The DBU Patriot Hockey Team recorded their first victory in the program’s short history on Friday night in Richardson, Texas. The Patriots defeated SMU by the score of 6-5 and improved to 1-2 on the young season. After going winless in their inaugural season during the 2010-2011 season, DBU was able to secure their first win in a hard fought game against the Mustangs, in their third game of the 2011-2012 year.
The Patriots struck first, scoring three minutes into the first period when Freshmen Trent Newman beat the SMU goalie, which gave DBU an early 1-0 lead.
SMU responded with two goals late in the first period, to take an 2-1 lead into the locker room for the first intermission.
Sophomore Joe Yeado tied the game two minutes into the second period. Yeado was assisted by Newman to tie thegame at 2-2. The Mustangs managed to retake the lead, but DBU Sophomore Matt Bassett hit the back of the net to tie the game at 3-3.
Junior Tim Van Treuren gave the Patriots the lead once again, scoring his first collegiate goal by beating the SMU goaltender on a rebound off the stick of Bassett. DBU scored two minutes later, when Junior Nick Moroch scored an unassisted goal and gave DBU a 5-3 lead going into the third and final period.
SMU managed to score within the first 10 seconds of the third period, making the score 5-4. Yeado increased the Patriot lead back to two goals on a breakaway goal from Sophomore Ray Kizzie, five minutes into the third period. The Mustangs scored again halfway through the third period, closing the score to 6-5, but that would be all the offense for both teams on the nights, as the Patriots were able to preserve their first-ever victory.
DBU Goalie, Senior Taylor Jacobson let in a career low five goals on the night, despite facing many shots and even suffering an injury in the third period.
“Tonight was a total team effort and a very exciting victory for the entire team. Everyone one of these players have been working hard since the onset of the program and the coaching staff is proud of everyone of them,” said DBU Hockey Coach and Director of Athletics Ryan Erwin.
“We had a great game from all of our defensemen and Taylor played very well in the net for us. Nick and Tim both added big goals down the stretch and the team continued to skate hard until the final whistle. We are looking foward to many more victories in store for Patriot Hockey and are very thankful for the support we continue to receive from our fans,” Erwin added.
The DBU Patriots take on SMU again on Saturday evening at 6:00 at Ice Training Center in Richardson, Texas.