Frozen Tide Sweeps Auburn Tigers For Iron Cup

 

The Alabama Frozen Tide swept the Auburn Tigers and earned the second annual Iron Cup trophy this weekend.

The Frozen Tide (11-9) returned to Southeastern Conference play this weekend, while the Auburn Tigers (3-11) played their last home games of the season.

“We’re pretty happy with winning all three games against Auburn,” head coach Mike Quenneville said. “We had some injuries and sickness, but I’m proud that we got all three wins.”

Game two sealed the Iron Cup’s fate when the Frozen Tide won the game 9-5 on Saturday.

Last year’s MVP Zach Dailey scored a hat trick in the game and earned five goals and an assist throughout the weekend.

“It felt great to get the hat trick against Auburn,” Dailey said. “This game was difficult but our offense was able to regain the momentum after the first.”

Auburn found the back of the net first when Jeremy Fisher got the puck past Alabama goalie Sean Vinson.

Alabama’s Sean Keeler would score the first two goals for the Frozen Tide on the power play.

Alabama had a total of 5 power-play goals, while Auburn was able to score two power-play goals.

Auburn’s Pete Leone totaled two goals and an assist on Saturday.

The Frozen Tide opened play on Friday by having double the shots the Auburn Tigers had in the first period.

The Frozen Tide opened the scoring with two power-play goals from Sean Keeler and Cody Colbert.

Auburn would score their only goal in the game when Leone scored on Vinson in the second period.

Alabama would end the game 7-1 with goals from Zach Dailey, Kenny Janssen and Jeff Pease.

With the Iron Cup clinched, the play on Sunday was chippy on the ice, but that didn’t stop the Tide from outshooting the Tigers again.

Alabama defenseman Jordan Ricks would get a breakaway for an unassisted short-handed goal to open game three.

Alabama got four more goals from Jeff Pease, Alex Dubrinsky, David Hewson and Reed Finch to take the final to 5-1.

Auburn’s lone goal came from Seph Kestner with an assist from Pete Leone.

Auburn’s Leone recorded three goals and two assists in the series.

This year’s MVP in the series was senior Sean Keeler. Keeler had four goals and an assist facing the Auburn Tigers.

“It means a lot to get named the MVP,” Keeler said. “This was my last chance to play against these guys and it’s always great to beat Auburn.”

The Frozen Tide will return to the ice against Ole Miss on Dec. 9-10 at the Pelham Civic Complex.