The Alabama Frozen Tide hosted the Huntsville Showcase this weekend, which featured top teams from all over the country.
“This tournament is not only a great tournament, but great experience for the players,” Alabama head coach Mike Quenneville said.
The Frozen Tide went 1-3 this weekend with senior Mark Wysock, a Huntsville native, recording a goal in each of their four games and a total of five assists.
“It’s a lot of fun to be back at home,” Wysock said. “This is where I grew up playing.”
Alabama gave their last game in the Huntsville Showcase their all in a 3-2 overtime loss on Sunday against No. 2 Florida Gulf Coast.
The score would remain at zero until Florida Gulf Coast scored two goals within a minute of each other in the third period.
Senior captain Chris Edge put the Frozen Tide on the scoreboard with a power-play goal.
Alabama succeeded in pulling their goaltender with a goal from Mark Wysock with 2.8 seconds remaining to tie the game.
Florida Gulf Coast would clench the win 55 seconds into overtime to end Alabama’s time in Huntsville.
Power-play goals would play a large factor in Alabama’s games on Friday and Saturday.
Friday night’s game started off in favor of the University of Colorado with an early lead of 2-0 in the first period.
Both Alabama and Colorado would earn four power-play goals each.
Kenny Janssen opened the scoring for Alabama with a short-handed unassisted goal.
Clay Link and Mark Wysock would also score for the Frozen Tide in the second period taking the score to a 6-3 deficit at the end of the period.
The Frozen Tide would score four goals from Alex Dubrinsky, Matt Mayes, Cody Colbert and Kenny Janssen.
Though the Frozen Tide battled back with seven goals, it would not be enough to overcome Colorado’s eight goals.
“It was a good game,” Wysock said. “I was glad I could contribute tonight. We almost won; it was a good team effort. We just gave up too many penalties and power-play goals.”
Saturday night’s game against the University of California-Northridge had its fair share of power-play goals.
Cal. State-Northridge and Alabama each recorded three power-play goals.
Alabama gained momentum by taking the early lead of 3-2 after the first with goals from Alex Dubrinsky, Zach Dailey and Mark Wysock.
“Scoring early was helpful for us,” Quenneville said. “It got us in the game.”
After a close second half of the game, Alabama won 5-4 after two power-play goals from another Huntsville native Matt Mayes.
“It’s great to play in front of my family and friends that don’t usually get to watch me play,” Mayes said. “The games have been tough. We’ve played some of the best teams around the country.”
The Frozen Tide opened their weekend with a 7-2 loss to No. 1 Central Florida on Thursday night.