Hockey wins against Cal Lutheran


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From left: Enrique Galvan #9, Brandon St. Louis #20, Houston Reichel #2 and Joseph Brown #18 all celebrate making a goal against Cal Lutheran on Sunday Nov. 10, 2019, at the Rabobank arena in downtown Bakersfield.

Elisa Fuentes, Sports Editor

  The CSU Bakersfield Hockey Club played California Lutheran University on Nov. 10 at a veterans tribute game. The Roadrunners won 7-1. 

  “The boys, there’s eight guys, and they practice as hard as they can, harder than a lot of teams that I’ve had that have fifteen or twenty guys. So it had to come and start paying off, so tonight paid off for them all the way around,” Coach Robert St. Louis said. 

  For the first three minutes of the game, the Roadrunners traded possession of the puck with the Kingsmen until they finally scored the opening goal of the game. Enrique Galvan scored the first goal with assists by Niko Katsantonis and Houston Rechel. The Kingsmen then tied it up on a power-play goal, a tip-in that went right by goaltender Nathan Schwimmer.  

  In the second period, a fight broke out between the teams. With both teams being penalized, the game became a 4 on 4. Cal Lutheran incurred a major penalty, costing them a man for five minutes, while CSUB only got a three-minute penalty.  

  It was a tentative back and forth, but the moment the Roadrunners got their man back, they scored immediately. Galvan got his second goal for his team in a 5 on 4, with Brandon St. Louis and Brian Martinez assisting. Roughly two minutes later, Galvan tallied a hat trick with his 3rd goal for the Roadrunners. 

  The Roadrunners continued strong into the third period, as netminder Schwimmer blocked all shots after Cal Lutheran’s goal from the first period. The team showed they were a force to be reckoned with until the third and final period. Grayson Burt scored with Bryan Mccord and Joseph Brown assisting. Brown scored again shortly after, the fifth of the night for the Roadrunners, with Galvan assisting. Burt tallied his second of the night with an assist from Brown and Rechel. The final goal belonged to Mccord, with the help of Brown and St. Louis. 

  “It’s like most teams will have a hard hat that they give a player of a game. I haven’t done it this year. I can’t pick any particular guy. They’re all working that hard, every one of them from the goaltender and up,” Coach St. Louis said, expressing how dedicated the team is. 

  “Tonight, it was really big for us to get the win. These past couple of weeks we have come up short, having the short bench that we do have. But we always stick together… and tonight we just got the job done. Getting the hat trick isn’t as important as getting the win,” Galvan said after the game. 

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Greyson Burt #11 along with Joseph #18 brown scuffle with Cal Lutheran players over the hockey puck on Sunday Nov. 10 2019, at the Rabobank arena in downtown Bakersfield.

  The Roadrunners play CSU Northridge on Nov. 16, and the following day, Nov. 17, they go up against the University of California San Diego.