Lexington, Ky- This past weekend was the series most circled on their schedules when it was released before the season, the series with rival Eastern Kentucky. This series is heated, hard fought, and there isn’t any love between these two programs.
The series meant more this year and it was A means of revenge for splitting last season, with the one loss giving EKU the Bourbon Barrel trophy. So it was time to bring it home.
Game one on Friday was a very hard fought game, as expected. Max Proctor would light the lamp first for UK, but EKU would even things up not long after to tie the game at 1-1. The Cats would go on the power play and Kentucky would make the most of the man advantage when Jordan Shannon would net one for a 2-1 UK lead.
The second period would start off fast and furious again, but a little to much by EKU would lead to another UK power play. Again, Kentucky would make them pay when Shannon netted his second power play goal and a 3-1 lead. Jordan wasn’t done though when he would strike again in the period for a Kentucky 4-1 lead.
The third would be back and forth between the two teams. Mikey Liszka would score for the Cats and a 5-1 lead. EKU would strike back, making it 5-2. Ryan Duffy would answer for UK and extend the lead to 6-2, but EKU would net one late and making the final score 6-3. Victory Kentucky and moving them to 19-1-1 on the year.
Game two would be Saturday night and the weather was rough with the snow. But the crowd still made it in and was loud! Tonight was the night, the Battle for the Bourbon Barrel.
The first would be all Kentucky. Jordan Shannon would continue to be on fire, scoring the first goal of the game. Max Proctor would score his second goal of the series, giving the Cats the 2-0 lead.
EKU would score first in the second, making it 2-1, but it was all Cats after that for the rest of the period. Gary Eastlack would get a breakaway goal, Jordan Shannon would net the Cats second goal of the period, and his fifth of the series. Then Ryan Huesman would make it 5-1.
The third, like the night before, was back and forth with a lot of scoring on both sides. Eastlack would score his second of the night, 6-1 UK. Eastern Kentucky would score back to back goals and trim the UK lead to 6-3, but Mikey Liszka would extend Kentucky’s lead to 7-3. The Colonels would get one more, but UK shut the door with a power play goal from Ryan Duffy and Gary Eastlack completing the hat trick. The final was 9-4 Kentucky and moved the team’s record to 20-1-1 on the year, but also brought the Bourbon Barrel home!
UK announced today that the February 15th and 16th dates will filled by a visiting UConn. The 15th will be Senior Night and the 16th will the the Taylor Vit Leadership Award presentation. We are proud to once again partner with the team to present the award, and to bring sponsor Deemer Wealth Management into the fold this season. This is something we are extremely proud of and are very thankful the team has allowed us to be involved in.
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