HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–The University of Alabama Frozen Tide took home the Army Strong SECHC Tournament Cup for the first year in their program history after beating the University of Florida Ice Gators 7-2 on Sunday at the Benton H. Wilcoxon Ice Complex in Huntsville, Ala.
Alabama sophomore Zach Dailey earned two goals and an assist during the game, with one of his goals being scored during an unassisted breakaway.
Matt Mayes scored the opening goal of the game and recorded an assist for the Frozen Tide, earning the Player of the Game.
The Frozen Tide outshot the Ice Gators 50-33, with Alabama goalkeeper John Bierchen earning the tournament’s MVP award. Bierchen only allowed two goals in 120 minutes of play during the tournament.
The Frozen Tide ended the first period 2-0 after goals from Huntsville native Matt Mayes and Alex Dubrinsky.
The Frozen Tide added two more goals at the beginning of the second period from Huntsville natives Zach Dailey and Mark Wysock.
The Ice Gators took advantage of Alabama’s penalties in the second period when Michael Dutka and Zach Roesch found the back of Alabama’s net to take the score to 4-2 with their power-play goals.
Alabama senior defenseman Chris Edge tallied the final goal on the second period with 7:23 left.
Wysock and Dailey added the only goals in the third period taking the final score to 7-2.
Power-play goals were a big contributor in the game, with four out of 9 goals scored on the power play.
In the third place game, Vanderbilt defeated Georgia 5-2.
The league announced that the SECHC Tournament will also take place in Huntsville, Ala. next year as well.
The Alabama Frozen Tide will compete in the ACHC National Championships that will take place on March 14-17 in Vineland, N.J.