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Hockey: Aurora University struggles in first game

Updated: November 9, 2012 11:42PM

One thing is certain — the Aurora University men’s hockey team will get better.

Purely for the record, the Spartans played their first ever game Friday night at the Fox Valley Ice Arena and were bounced, 14-0, by Concordia-Wisconsin.

The score isn’t the important part of Friday night’s outing. It was the history of the event that matters.

Junior Jack Meachum will be in that book as the first Spartan to take a shot (it was wide).

Sophomore Max Heytens owns a piece of the history — one he would probably want to forget. Heydens was the first Spartan to be sent to the penalty box. That came at the 10:25 mark of the first period when Heydens was whistled for boarding.

Freshman goalie Rafer Cooley didn’t need to wait long for his name to be etched into the history books. He made the first save in AU hockey history 10 seconds into the game when he used the glove on his left hand to haul in a wicked drive by a Falcon forward.

If AU named a star of the game it would likely have been Cooley. Although he gave up 10 of the goals, he made several outstanding saves on a night when the Spartans had 12 shots on goal to 51 for the Falcons.

While it would be easy to find fault, head coach Ryan Buchanan got pretty much what he wanted. The Spartans played 60 minutes and played hard all the way.

Buchanan also had ample opportunity to see his entire roster in game action and he didn’t waste it. All the Spartans played with sophomore Ashley Monzel taking over in the net in the third period.

The Spartans had two excellent scoring opportunities. Meacham found himself alone in front of the Concordia net in the second period, spun and sent a low shot at goalie Billy Sims who smothered the shot.

Max Obriecht will have nightmares over his missed opportunity. He had a breakaway in the third period but lost control of the puck as he headed in on Sims and never got a shot off.

AU did lead in one category. The Spartans were called for 10 penalties to just three for the Falcons.

The Spartans return to the Fox Valley Ice Arena to play Lewis University today. The puck is scheduled to drop at 1 p.m.

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