Sac. State loses home opener
The U.C. Davis Aggies defeated the Sacramento State Hornets 4-2 in their season opener at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Saturday.
The Aggies held a 4-0 lead until the third period, when the Hornets’ Neil Caeton scored two goals about a minute apart with 12:42 remaining to play. Right winger Adrian Yerby had assists on both goals and center Chris Perry had one assist.
“Our boys sort of laid back a little and let Sacramento State dictate the plays to us, whereas it had been us with them in the first two periods,” said Ian May, the Aggies’ head coach. “They started standing us up at the blue line and that made a big difference.”
The Aggies changed their lineup at the beginning of the third period and scored two goals within the first minute.
“We put the experienced players together and it paid dividends,” May said.
The Aggies changed their lineup later in the game due to injuries and some equipment problems.
The rivalry between the two teams is new to May, who is a first-year coach. But the physical play late in the game suggested the two teams have some history.
“I try to keep my hot heads on the bench. Boys will be boys, but the last thing I need to do is lose some players for the next game,” May said. “It did get physical, but that’s hockey. Sac State is a very physical team.”
“The boys were pretty pumped about the game,” said Ian May, a first year coach at U.C. Davis. “It’s a series that they want to win.”
The Hornets had four penalties to the Aggies’ two. Two of the penalties were in the final period, as were the Aggies’ two.
Sac state much improved over what I was led to believe.
“We made some changes on the bench to shorten our bench a little bit. We put strength out there in the middle of the third periord.
Getting beat up at the end of the sec per. made some adjust ment and it resulted in about two golas in about 45 seconds.
Line changes going into the third.
Switched up some pairings.
Have mix of experience,
We made adjustment due to injuries later in the period.
“That is a beautiful facility. My only complaint is that it’s cold. Down here it’s normally a challenge to keep the ice from melting … But I’m sorry we didn’t have a couple games up there so we could have played longer.”
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