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College Hockey: Aurora falls 5-2 to Indiana U.

Updated: December 19, 2012 1:12PM



Like any hockey player worth a sharp blade, Max Obriecht was overjoyed when Aurora University decided to put a team on the ice.

Hockey pretty much runs through the sophomore’s veins. Obriecht has been playing hockey since before he entered elementary school.

“I was really excited,” Obriecht said. “I played with a couple of the guys when I was in high school (Naperville North). It’s just awesome to get back on a team.”

While the Spartans, who dropped a 5-2 decision to Indiana University Saturday at the Fox Valley Ice Arena, haven’t been able to win (0-4) a game there has been improvement.

Obriecht scored both AU goals and now has five for the short season. He gave AU a 1-0 lead, their first ever lead, with a score off a breakaway with 1:17 remaining in the first period.

“It was pretty standard,” Obriecht said. “It was a 2-on-1 and I thought about going back door but I saw the goalie going down so I just put it up high and it went in.”

His second goal gave AU a 2-0 lead and it came less than four minutes into the second period. Obriecht took control of the puck at the blue line and sped in on IU goalie Justin Madigan.

“Before we came out for the second period our coach (Ryan Buchanan) told me that he’s (Madigan) going to be looking glove-side this period,” Obriecht said. “So I went left.”

He went left with a backhand shot that Madigan had no chance stopping and the Spartans were in a position they’ve never been in before — holding a commanding lead.

Of course it didn’t last. The Hoosiers, who outshot the Spartans 53-13, dominated the remainder of the period, scoring twice to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the second intermission.

That’s the way the score remained until six minutes were left on the scoreboard clock. IU put three shots past AU goalie Rafer Cooley and skated off the ice with their second win over the Spartans in as many days.

Yet there is no mistaking the improvement in the AU team.

“Oh yeah,” Obriecht said. “The second game we were closer to a win and, today, even closer. I think we’ve gotten to the point now where we’re not just satisfied scoring a couple goals. We want to win.”

That first win will have to come on the road. The Spartans play all of their final eight games away from the Fox Valley Ice Arena.



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