Six Goal Second Period Pushes Horned Frogs Past Mavs
The TCU Horned Frogs used a dominant performance in the second period to pull away from the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks, 10-4 at the NYTEX Sports Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Fresh off of a hard fought loss to the opposing Mavs in a late Friday night tilt, the Horned Frogs came out strong in the first period of the back half of the home and home series with goals from juniors Cody Ross and Brett Jacobson. Both goals were assisted by senior Brian Graf.
The second period opened up a dominant twenty minutes for TCU. Brett Jacobson scored his second of the night and team-leading 14th goal of the season to push the score to 3-0, assisted by Cody Ross and junior Trevor Sullivan. Less than a minute later, freshman Josh Daniel fired home his sixth goal of the year, before adding his seventh shortly after, both assisted by senior forward Jake Wallstedt. Freshman forward Gunnar Roadfeldt added to TCU’s lead with a rebound opportunity assisted by senior defenseman Bill Atkinson and Wallstedt. Ross finished off a UTA turnover in the defensive zone to push the Horned Frog lead to 7-0 before UTA defenseman Michael Miggans finally solved TCU goaltender Thomas Scoggin with a shot from the left point. Daniel capped the second period off with his third goal of the night for an 8-1 TCU lead heading into the final period.
With a strong lead to start the final frame, the Horned Frogs needed to be ready for a possible pushback from UTA. Roadfeldt quickly dispelled the notion of a comeback with his second goal of the night, assisted by senior Captain Michael Authier and Graf. UTA responded with a goal by forward Nick Vigen before Ross completed his own hat trick of the day with his third goal, assisted by Sullivan. UTA scored twice more in the frame but it was too little too late.
Scoggin was strong in net yet again for TCU, stopping 24 of 28 shots, including a couple of his customary highlight reel saves. UTA’s net was a circus show as both goalies were used twice after pulls, combining to stop 16 of 26 shots.
This victory continues to add to TCU’s best season record to date with a mark of 6-10-0. The Horned Frogs next play a home series at NYTEX Sports Centre when they take on Texas State University on Feb. 13 and 14.