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GCU Men’s Hockey Defeats Colorado in Back-to-Back Games

GCU Hockey
October 26, 2021

Lopes stay undefeated in conference play

By: Giovanni Hicks/ Club Sports Writing Staff

Let the streak begin!

The Grand Canyon University Men’s D1 Ice Hockey team extended its winning streak to three games with back-to-back home wins against the University of Colorado. After they took home a close 3-1 win over the Buffaloes on Friday, the Lopes pulled out an exhilarating 6-5 overtime win on Saturday. It was the Lopes’ first OT win in almost three years and snapped a six-game overtime losing streak dating back to 2019. The historic win puts GCU at an even 4-4 record on the season, and 3-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey League play.

“I’m a little speechless right now,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Danny Roy. “This is the first three-game win streak we’ve had at the D1 level. We’re finding ways to get the job done – no matter the circumstances.”

H3: Friday: GCU 3, Colorado 1

Coming off six days rest after defeating University of Arizona in GCU’s home opener, the Lopes’ offense started out shaky. After being held scoreless through the first period on only five shots on goal, GCU got their offensive scheme together throughout the rest of the game, recording 32 shots on goal in the second and third periods combined.

The Lopes rallied late in the final period, scoring two goals in the last four minutes of the game. GCU forward Jacob Cummings cemented the 3-1 win, notching the final goal with 50 seconds left in the contest.

H3: Saturday: GCU 6, Colorado 5 (F/OT)

Cummings and GCU teammate Blake Billings were a dynamic duo early on, as Cummings assisted Billings on two scores in the first three minutes of the game. The Buffaloes tied it with two goals late in the first period, and both teams traded scores in the second period, leaving the score 4-4 going into the final period. In the third, the Lopes’ Preston Larson slapped in the go-ahead goal with 13 minutes left, which left enough time for CU forward Mark Bonghi to notch the game-tying goal to force overtime. was not going to be satisfied going home with a tie. With four minutes left in overtime, Billings stormed down the ice and ricocheted a shot off the CU keeper. Lopes’ defender Dylan Dent then followed up the play, sneaking the puck past the goalie for the 6-5 win.

“I got a really good read off Blake’s shot, so I snuck around the back and was able to slip one in,” said Dent. “This is a huge win. We’re building one victory after another, and we’re solidifying our identity as a team.”

The Lopes are taking a much-needed break from games this weekend, resting and treating injuries before traveling south to face off against University of Arizona on November 5and 6 in Tucson. Both games begin at 7:30 pm.