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UTEP hockey ends regular season 24-4 and heads to playoffs

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The Miners hockey club win versus Longhorns, 2019.

The 2019-2020 regular hockey season has ended for the UTEP hockey team with a 24-4 record and now the team heads with a ton of momentum into the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference (TCHC) playoffs.

The defending TCHC champions are coming off a series sweep against Texas Tech University, defeating the Red Raiders 16-2 in game one and 8-1 in game two.

Ten different Miners scored for a combined 24 points through the two games.

The Miners went 17-3 in conference play and earned first place in the south division of the TCHC, which earns the squad a first-round bye of  the TCHC playoffs. UTEP started off the season 13-0 and did not have a blemish on its schedule until its shutout 7-0 loss against Northern Arizona University. Home ice advantage was evident this season as the squad had just one loss at the El Paso County Events Center going 13-1.

Sophomore forward Austin Simpson’s  72 points and 33 goals led the Miners during the season. Simpson’s points scored  is second best in the TCHC. Simpson also had two five-goal performances this season in the Miners’ 11-4 win over Arizona State and its 8-1-win over Texas Tech.

In the TCHC championship run last season, Simpson was named the TCHC Most Valuable Player and the TCHC All-Conference first team.

Earlier this season, the team ranked eighth in the American Collegiate Hockey Association in the west region.

The Miners were solid on the ice this season scoring 180 points, which is second best in the TCHC.

Heading into the playoffs, the Miners could end  with a TCHC championship for the second season in a row. With a TCHC tournament championship, the Miners would earn an automatic bid to the American College Hockey Association Western Regional Tournament.

Last season the Miners fell in the first round of the tournament against Utah State.

Isaiah Ramirez may be reached at [email protected]

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Isaiah Ramirez
Isaiah Ramirez is a senior multimedia journalism major at the University of Texas at El Paso. Isaiah has worked for the university’s paper The Prospector since Spring 2018 and has held the position as a sports editor and is currently a reporter at the publication. During the fall semesters he also works as an on-air reporter for Football Friday Nights a weekly radio show showcasing local football games broadcasted by 600 ESPN El Paso. He covers local news as well as local and UTEP sporting events such as football, men’s and women’s basketball, and has covered the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl game and two-time NBA champion Danny Green’s basketball camp here in the Sun City.
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UTEP hockey ends regular season 24-4 and heads to playoffs