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USU hockey to host Beehive Showcase this weekend

staff writer

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:11

Joel Basson skates against BYU skater in a game earlier this season

UTAH STATE’S JOEL BASSON muscles through a BYU skater in a game at the Eccles Ice Center earlier this season. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

The Utah State club hockey team will host the Beehive Grill Showcase this weekend, a tournament involving USU, the University of Utah, Boise State University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and San Jose State University.


The Aggies are excited to play this tournament in Logan.


“It’s an honor to host it at home,” said Aggie captain Brian Gibbons. “We’ve got the best fans definitely in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Every night it’s sold out.”


At this point in the season, the Aggies will have no problem physically playing three games in three nights. However, there is a mental aspect to the tournament as well.


“I try to just get my mind focused in on what we have to do this weekend and how to play against those teams and make sure I’m doing my job,” said forward Chris Videto.


Even though the University of Utah is involved in the tournament, the Aggies won’t get a chance at redemption this week after USU’s 6-2 loss earlier this season. Instead, they will play Boise State, UNLV and SJSU.


Boise State is having an average season so far: They are in 11th place in points. However, in the rankings, which takes strength of schedule into consideration, they were ranked 17th in the West in the last poll.


The Broncos and the Aggies share two common opponents in Weber State and BYU. While the Aggies defeated WSU handily and shut out BYU twice, the Broncos barely squeaked by the Cougars twice and lost 8-1 to Weber State.


Individually, of players who have played five games or more, BSU has only two players who are scoring a point-per-game pace while USU has seven.


As a team, Utah State has scored 12 more goals on the season than BSU while playing two less games.


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