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Hockey team defeats Portland State University

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Duncan Jack preparing for a faceoff in the third period. // Photo by Ben Olson

The Western men’s hockey team improved to 3-0-0 with a 6-0 victory over Portland State University on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Bellingham Sportsplex.

Junior goalie Robert MacDonald earned his first shutout of the year, and five different players scored for Western in a game which saw Portland State goalie Nick Alberts under constant pressure.

First-year head coach Larry MacDonald said he is excited by the talent of the team.

“We have depth. We have the scoring ability,” MacDonald said. “It’s just a matter of putting it all together and putting the right chemistry and the right lines out there, and it will happen.”

Western opened the scoring with a power-play goal from senior forward Andrew Liebel at 6:14 of the first period.

“We’re disciplined. We’ll play well, and we’ll come out and play our game again.”

Larry MacDonald

Western got off to a flying start in the second period with freshman forward Denton Hymer scoring off a rebound 16 seconds into the period. Senior forward Duncan Hack and senior forward Billy Holbrook also found the back of the net in the second frame.

Senior forward Riley Gundersen got the scoring in the third period started with a goal at 1:35. Hack added his second goal of the night at 6:17 to wrap up the scoring.

“We’re disciplined. We’ll play well, and we’ll come out and play our game again,” MacDonald said.

The Vikings take on the University of Idaho at home on Friday, Oct. 7 at 10:15 p.m.

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