Two weekends ago the Muskies defeated their rivals from Louisville handedly in both games. Brian Campbell started between the pipes for the Muskies since regular goalie, Scott Caine, has a knee injury. The Muskies took two weeks of practice to prepare how they were going to help defend the forward turned goaltender. It seemed to work just fine for the Muskies as the won 7-5 Friday night and 12-5 on Saturday afternoon. The Muskies swept the season series with the Cardinals 4-0, to improve their overall record to 11-4-1
This past weekend, the Muskies traveled to Lexington, KY to take on the Colonels from EKU. The games were played at midnight in front of a raucous crowd. The Muskies got up early on Friday, scoring two goals in the first minute and thirty seconds, both by ACHA leading goal scorer Pat Reidy, only to find the game tied up late in the first period. The team regrouped and managed to pull away, winning the game 10 – 5.
Saturday night was a defining night for the season and a signature win for the program. As a result of some school obligations and injuries, the Muskies had a very short bench and combined with another late night game on the road, the team faced many obstacles. XU came out flat to start the game and struggled through two periods of very sluggish hockey and found themselves trailing the Colonels 5 – 3 after the second period. There was a sense of real determination in the locker room during intermission, with the players all very focused on finding a way to pull off a victory. Despite the positive attitude, the Colonels managed to get a quick goal at the start of the third and were in command of the game. Or so they thought… The next fifteen minutes the Muskies intensity was as high as it has been all season and the goals starting pouring in and the defense was relentless. When time expired, the final tally was Muskies 10, Colonels 6. Seven unanswered goals faulted the team to Victory and kept all the goals the team has set within reach. Coach Driscoll told the team “boys, this was a signature win. Make no mistake; the coaches knew you had the ability to pull it off with the right amount of effort and mental toughness. It was a lot of fun to watch you go to work.”
Special mention should go to Brian “Soupy” Campbell, who is 4 – 0 as a goal tender, having stepped in for the injured Scott Caine. Additionally, Pat Riedy continues to lead in goals scored (47), as a freshman. He has broken every goal scoring record in XU hockey history. Second on the team in scoring is Jake Van Onen, also a freshman. The Muskies record stands at 13-4-1 with three games to play.