By ALEX BARBER
Eastern’s hockey team split its weekend series against Wright State by winning on the road 3-2, then falling short at home to the Raiders 6-5.
At Wright State (2-10), the Colonels were ready to make a statement to the league by beating a team that Eastern (7-4) had not won against in a long time.
The Colonels struck first with a score from Corey Jenks, but Wright State answered right back by scoring two unanswered goals. Midway through the third period Eastern scored back-to-back goals. Jenks and Eric Jones put in the the two goals to help left the team to a comeback victory on the road.
After the first game, the series shifted to Lexington as the Colonels dedicated the game to Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis, who lost his life the week before. The team had an officer do an honorary puck drop before the game.
“It was one of the most powerful games emotionally and played I have ever been through,” Ryan Gustafson said following the game.
Once the game started the Colonels started out slow by giving up three goals right away, which put Eastern down 3-0 at the end of the first period. The second period was different as the Colonels clawed its way back to tie the game up at 3-3. Towards the end of the second period Wright State scored two more quick goals which made it 5-3.
Midway through the third period the Colonels once again tied the game up at five-all, but in the final two seconds Wright State scored a goal to silence the crowd and steal the win.
“It was disheartening and just jaw dropping for that to happen,” Gustafson said.
“It just sucks,”Jenks said about the Wright State goal.
Jenks, Austin Roman and Eric Jones are line mates which means they’re always on the ice together. This past weekend they were clicking by scoring all of the Colonels goals but two.
“We just found success and we must keep it up for the upcoming games,”Jenks said.
The other two goals were scored by freshmen Tim Muhsman.
These past two games have taught the Colonels and ultimately helped the team come together as one.
“We came out weak in both of those games,” Jenks said.
“We just need to calm down and come together as a team,” Gustafson. “When we relax and trusted one another we started scoring.”
Eastern has a UNC Chapel Hill Tournament that is scheduled for the coming weekend, which gives the team an opportunity to play for a trophy and make a statement to the American College Hockey Association.