The Georgia Ice Dogs fell behind quickly Friday night, as Kennesaw State won 6-2. With two goals in the first three minutes, the Owls took control and never relinquished the lead.
Barron Sluder ignited the Owls’ offense a minute and a half into the first period. In less than a minute, Taylor Gibson followed suit with a rising blocker side shot. The 2-0 cushion grew once more in the first period when Daniel Tari was fed a quick pass from the slot and snapped it in.
“We waited too long to move it up on the breakout,” said former Owl and current Bulldog Peter Kacer. “We weren’t prepared. That’s what it comes down to. We weren’t prepared for this game.”
With the Ice Dogs trailing heading into the second period, Georgia continued to struggle at getting the puck out of its own zone. The Ice Dogs were able to get into the game but were never able to overcome the early deficit.
Georgia’s goalie, Vince DiCarlo, made some excellent stops, fighting to keep his team in the game. Brian Nahodyl, assisted by teammate Jared Reeves, scored for Georgia while on the power play at 14:31 in the second period.
Kennesaw replied with a breakaway goal by winger Ian Klip. The Owls scored again when Will Galucki capitalized on some confusion in DiCarlo’s crease, poking in a puck that appeared to be frozen making the score 5-1.
“This is their first year in this division,” said Kacer. “They had something to prove. They proved it.”
The third period grew increasingly chippy, and the game ended with a total of 70 penalty minutes and several misconducts.
Galucki scored once more, making it 6-1, but it was the Kacer who rounded out the tallies, blasting in a final unassisted goal for Georgia on the power play.