IRMO, S.C. – The Commodores held off a charge from South Carolina to defeat the Gamecocks Friday night 5-4
Vanderbilt (3-0, 1-0 SECHC) came out with a swag that was unmatched by the Gamecocks (0-1, 0-1 SECHC). The Commodores netted a goal just three minutes in to the on the power play via Brad Pesce.
The first period proceeded on with the South Carolina on its heels in the defensive zone, barely escaping each offensive attack by Vanderbilt. With less than seven minutes to go in the period, the Commodores struck again. This time, Ryan Weekes scored unassisted and short handed.
After the second goal, the Gamecocks were playing to just make it out of the period, but Kyle McCann scored for Vanderbilt, making it 3-0 going into the locker room.
The second period told a different tale. South Carolina came out with a chip on its shoulder and changed the momentum of the game with a bang. Kevin Gjetley scored on the power play midway through the period.
South Carolina made it a one-goal game with just over six minutes remaining in the period. While on the power-play, Sterling Brown picked up a goal off a chaotic rebound in Vanderbilt’s zone making it 3-2.
Jordan Zauderer answerd for Vanderbilt a few minutes later, but it was South Carolina who carried the momentum into the final break.With less than two minutes remaining in the period, Michael Jonas picked up a short-handed tally for the Gamecocks and bringing the Commodore lead back to one.
In the third, the game became a physical battle with multiple penalties by both sides. It bit South Carolina first.
Midway through the period, Vanderbilt capitalized with a power-play goal from McCann, his second of the night.
With two minutes left the Gamecocks pulled goalie Jordan Dunning and the move for six skaters paid off.
Hayden Lancaster scored to bring the Gamecocks to within one.
South Carolina did it again just seconds later, however the Commodores were saved by the time clock as the buzzer went off just a second before the puck crossed the line and Vanderbilt escaped with a 5-4 win.