Jaw-cracking memories of hockey

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The BYU hockey team is still in a rebuilding mode, but the season still had several memorable moments.

This year BYU went north to face Boise State in a three game tournament. The first game was close, with both teams trading goals. However, the game wasn’t the most memorable part.

In the third and final period, goaltender Caleb Thomas took a shot from the puck to his face that broke his jaw on impact. He didn’t ask to be pulled and stayed in to make some impressive saves and keep his team close late into the game.

After the game Thomas went to a local dentist for x-rays where they found the fracture and gave him a liquid diet. In the first week Thomas lost four pounds.

Just a few days later the Cougars faced their rival, the University of Utah, in a game with several twists and turns. The biggest twist came with the Utes up three and with momentum. Mitch Facer than made a momentum changing play with a rare goal.

A delayed penalty was called on the Cougars and the Utes had possession and an extra skater on the ice. Facer then pressured a defender and managed to push the puck into the empty net on a poke check. After the game Coach Jeremy Weiss said it was a goal he’d never seen occur before.

The season still isn’t over with several more games in Winter semester. Several players will be joining the team for Winter semester and creating more memories.

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