Frozen Tide Opens SECHC Play With Strong Win

The Frozen Tide won 11-1 against Mississippi State in their first South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference game of the season.

“Mississippi State came out hard, but I don’t believe they had enough legs at the end,” head coach Mike Quenneville said. “We kept on grinding them down to an advantage. I’m happy with the win, but we have some things we have to work on.”

Seven out of the eleven goals scored Friday came from freshmen. Kenneth Grabeldinger scored two goals and an assist. Reed Finch also scored for the Frozen Tide. Clay Link celebrated his birthday with four goals and an assist.

“Those kids played very well,” Quenneville said. “It’s great to have freshmen contributing for the win.”

Friday night’s game was Link’s first collegiate hat trick. Two of his four goals were scored short handed. Link said that his line of freshman Kenny Janssen and senior Sean Keeler made it possible for him.

“If we all three work together, then its real easy for one of us to get one,” Link said.

Mississippi State’s Power scored their only goal of the game in the first period tying the game at 1-1.

Mark Wysock, Keeler and Zach Dailey also scored for the Frozen Tide.

Senior John Bierchen played in the net for the first time this season. He had 26 saves for the night.

“He made the stops when he had to,” Quenneville said. “I thought he did a great job tonight.”

The game became more physical during the third period and the game totaled 69 minutes of penalties.

The Frozen Tide (2-1-0) and Mississippi State (0-3-0) will return to the ice tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Pelham Civic Center.

“Mississippi State might try to take us off our game, but as long as we focus on ourselves and execute on what we are supposed to do, then we will come away with a win once again,” Bierchen said.