By ALEX BARBER
Eastern beat Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (0-2) twice over the weekend to keep a four-game winning streak rolling. Eastern won the first match 16-0, and the second 17-2.
The Colonels (4-1) started fast, scoring three consecutive goals by the end of the first period. IUPUI’s goalie stopped 20 shots in the first period, but Eastern came out firing again in the second and could not be stopped. The Colonels sealed the win by a final score of 16-0.
Goalie Kris Renfro started and stopped 14 shots to earn the shutout. Following the match, the Colonels had not given up a goal since Sept. 19 against Xavier.
The second match saw the Colonels carry over its hot scoring as Eastern jumped out to a 8-0 lead by the end of the first period. Sammy Jones was in net for the Colonels and faced 12 shots, but the shutout streak ended in the second period when IUPUI scored the first goal for its hockey program. Scottie Miller and Ryan Gustafson both scored of a combined seven goals for Eastern, and Aaron Bevins scored his first college goal. Eastern won by a final score of 17-2.
“For a goalie its hard to stay focused because we are not getting a lot of action,” said Eastern Jones about the shutout streak. “But it is good game speed practice to work on our systems, so when we play against bigger and better teams we will be prepared.”
The Colonels scored a combined 39 goals in a span of just three games for an average of 13 goals a game. Eastern worked on its systems during the game, but was looking for something to build off of.
“When you play teams like them it is hard to find something to work on or to improve after the game,” Forward Andrew Whitehead said.
Eastern is looking to keep its hot streak going when it travels to Marshall on Oct. 16 and 17.