Patriots Defeat UTSA and Finish the Season 26-3-0-1

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The DBU Patriots Ice Hockey Team won their two final games of the 2012-2013 season against the UTSA Road Runners to finish the season with a final record of 26-3-1. The Patriots won on Friday night by the score of 9-2 and 5-3 on Saturday night. Freshmen Carson Combs and Bobby Jones showed vital offensive power as they each tallied six points for the weekend. Freshman goalie Josh Messick, from Ft. Worth, Texas, and the Patriots newest addition to the team, started in net both games. Messick allowed only five goals on the weekend after facing a total of 82 shots.

These two final victories stretched the Patriots’ final regular season record to 26-3-0-1; an impressive finish for a third year program. The Patriots proved to be very strong offensively this season as they led the league in scoring and forced a total of 234 goals against their opponents. The Patriots also showed their defensive power and allowed only 78 goals against in the 29 games played this season. Jones, a had an impressive year as he finished first in the league in the categories of goals, assists, and points scored. Jones has shown himself to be a valuable asset to the team offensively as well as defensively with 44 goals and 65 assists through 29 games to bring his points total to 109 for the year. Micah Koutros, a returning sophomore from Midlothian, tallied 34 goals and 33 assists to finish the season with 67 points and 10th overall in the points category.

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The Patriots will look toward new talent next season to fill the roster places of graduating seniors Jeremy BrownEric Niederhauser, and team captain Joe Yeado. Brown, Niederhauser, and Yeado are the three remaining members of the inaugural Patriot Hockey Team from the 2010-2011 season. Yeado earned a total of 23 goals and 37 assists to total 60 points during his three seasons as defenseman for the Patriots. Yeado has been a valuable asset to the team both on and off the ice and had this to say about his time with the Patriots.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to be part of the DBU Hockey Team. I enjoyed each year and the way we finished up this season. I could not have asked for much more as a player. I would like to thank my teammates for all of their hard work and dedication to the team, as well as to our AD and Coach, Ryan Erwin, for sacrificing so much of his time and efforts for this program. We could not have done any of this without him,” Yeado said.

“I could not be more proud of these guys for the remarkable season and the success the team enjoyed.  I believe we exceeded many expectations and were able to put DBU Hockey on the map across the region and in the hockey community.  It was a joy to work with these men on a daily basis and while our seniors are going to be hard to replace, I am looking forward to next year and building on the success we enjoyed this past year,” Erwin said.

The 2013-2014 hockey season will be a very competitive and exciting year for the Patriots with the promise of a stronger schedule, which will provide the team with a chance to advance to regionals for the first time in the history of the program.