The Alabama Frozen Tide swept the Clemson Tigers 4-2 in two games this weekend.
“Clemson’s not a bad team,” Alabama coach Mike Quenneville said. “I think our players may have taken them too lightly. We played a much better game on Saturday than we did on Friday.”
The Tigers found the back of the net in the first six minutes with a power-play goal.
Freshman Clay Link scored first for the Frozen Tide on a power-play goal from teammates Christian Edge and Mark Wysock.
Sophomore Zach Dailey added two goals in the second period.
His first was a breakaway goal with assists from Alex Dubrinsky and Sean Vinson. He scored his second goal after stealing the puck from the Clemson Tigers in front of the net, bringing the score to 3-1.
Clemson was able to put another puck in during the third period, but Matt Mayes sealed the game for the Frozen Tide with an unassisted breakaway goal.
Even though Saturday night’s outcome was the same, it was a different game for the Frozen Tide.
Alabama had to battle numerous penalties, including a couple of five on threes.
The Frozen Tide’s penalty kill was very effective, allowing only one goal in on Clemson’s 18 penalty minutes.
“That’s part of our game,” Quenneville said. “Those guys really stepped up and did a great job on the penalty kill.”
Defenseman Tanner Himmelman scored the first two goals for the Frozen Tide.
“It was important for us to get the puck in deep,” Himmelman said. “We finally got shots on goal and found their goalie’s weakness.”
Matt Mayes scored a power-play goal on a rebound from Mark Wysock and Christian Edge.
Wysock also scored a power-play goal from Edge and Mayes in the third period.
Clemson tallied the last goal in the game, taking Saturday night’s final to 4-2.
The Frozen Tide will return to SECHC play against the Tennessee Volunteers Jan. 20-21 at the Pelham Civic Complex.