Aztecs break out the brooms to start the season
–by Karl Miller
In front of an electric crowd and record opening night attendance, SDSU stepped out onto the ice against a bitter foe in CSU Long Beach, with questions about how the new faces on the 2012-2013 squad would make an impact. Just minutes into the first period, Swedish newcomer Eric Anderberg provided the answer in the form of a killer wrist shot from the right wing circle.
At the midway point of the first, two other newcomers, Travis Sevilla and Eric Stelnick, along with superstar senior Kevin Vaughan had subsequently scored, sending the Aztecs off and running towards their first victory of the season with an early 4-0 lead. With additional goals from Carl Jablonski, Ryan Williams, and Joey Janowski, and bone-crushing hits from many on the team, including Matt Bouchard, the Aztecs proved themselves too much to handle for Long Beach. Despite some late third period drama, SDSU prevailed in an exciting 7-5 win to begin the season.
If the four third period goals gave Long Beach some confidence heading into Saturday’s rematch, the Aztecs did a good job of squashing it from the beginning. The Aztecs won every period en route to a 6-2 victory, defeating Long Beach in both games, sweeping the season series. Janowski (2), Anderberg (2), Vaughan, and Kevin Lapp netted the goals, while Filip Curkovic had an impressive Aztec debut in net as he stopped 39 of the 41 shots he faced.
Next on tap is a huge early season test against one of the top ranked teams in Division 2 hockey, Colorado State University. Last season, when the Aztecs opened their four game road trip in San Jose, they defeated CSU 3-0, becoming the first team to shut out their high powered offense in five years. Their comment to SDSU after the game was, “See you in regionals.”
The teams didn’t end up meeting in the playoffs last year, making this the Rams’ first opportunity to exact revenge. Should the Aztecs win both of these games, or even split the weekend series, it would send a message to the league that they are a force to be reckoned with.
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