TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama Frozen Tide will return to the ice this weekend against Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State, dropping the puck on the 2011-12 season.
The team will look to come back strong after a solid season last year that saw the Frozen Tide finish up going 0-2 in the South Regional Tournament and 1-2 in the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference Tournament.
“The way last season finished was not at all what we wanted,” senior Sean Keeler said. “We didn’t play like we had during the season at regionals. It left a bitter taste in our mouths and gave us some motivation for this year.”
The team will be playing in it’s first games since losing a teammate and key contributor from last season, David Mosier, who passed away August 4.
“We have a big hole with the passing of David Mosier,” said head coach Mike Quenneville. “He was our second leading point getter behind Mark Wysock.”
The team will face a tough schedule with only three out of their first 20 games being at home.
“We’re going to have to prove ourselves early,” senior Chris Edge said. “But if you want to be the best, you have to play the best.”
The team has 16 returning players and 14 players that are new to the team this season.
“They’re some really talented new hockey players on the team that are a good fit for the rest of the team,” Edge said.
Keeler said the goal for the team this year is to win the SECHC Championship Tournament.
Quenneville added that the team is working on the basics right now to reach that goal.
The Frozen Tide will begin their season by traveling to the Atlanta, Ga. area on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 to face Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State.