Aztecs on a Roll
–By Karl Miller
The Aztecs (4-0-0-1) have yet to be defeated in regulation this season after another strong victory this weekend against rival CSU Fullerton.
On Saturday, the team traveled up to Anaheim for revenge after being shut out there 3-0 last year due to the superhuman 60-save effort of Titan goaltender Brandon Heethuis and a horrific officiating display of legendary proportions. This time, 10 months later, there would be no shutout.
The Aztecs defeated Fullerton 4-2 with another third period come-from-behind victory. After falling behind in the first period 1-0, SDSU tied the game in the opening shift of the first period on a shot from Eric Anderberg (4). The Titans scored again in the second, heading into the third with a narrow 2-1 lead.
The ensuing frame was all Aztecs. Travis Sevilla (4) scored to tie the game just two minutes into the third period, continuing his strong freshman campaign. Kevin Vaughan (5,6) later added two goals in a three minute span to give the Aztecs their first lead of the night and to put Fullerton away for good.
Brandon Heethuis started again in net for the Titans and was pelted with a barrage of 48 shots throughout the night. Alex Corbin got the start in net and was solid despite facing just 18 shots from the opposition.
As usual in meetings between these two teams, the game took a nasty turn towards the end, with a couple misconducts being handed out in the final seconds. The Aztecs played the game without defenseman Brandon Nevarez, and top forward Joey Janowski, who sat out due to injuries incurred in last weekend’s physically brutal series against Colorado State.
Next on tap is another huge challenge against Colorado University Boulder. The stakes are much the same in this upcoming contest as they were a couple weeks ago when the Colorado State Rams came into town. Colorado plays against, and regularly defeats, very good hockey teams on a regular basis. Another strong showing against them, especially if it results in a victory, would send another strong message to the rest of the league.
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