The Ole Miss Rebels are longing for the friendly confines of the Mid-South Ice House in Olive Branch, Mississippi, after an unfriendly trip to central Florida. After beginning the season 4-0 with back-to-back victories over Memphis and Louisville, the Rebels dropped both games last weekend against the Central Florida Knights.
Special teams opportunities were a major factor as the Rebels gave up goals not only on the Knights’ power play but also on their own 5-on-4 advantage.
In the first game, Ole Miss jumped out in front as sophomore Cameron Cook set up fellow sophomore Cody Fullinwider for the goal at the 12:50 mark in the first period. But, with two minutes to go in the first period, the Rebels gave up a shorthanded goal from John Coliton.
Midway through the second period, the Rebels had the chance on the man advantage to take the lead, but instead surrendered another shorthanded goal, putting all of the momentum in the Knights’ corner. After two more Knights’ goals, Brendan Sullivan converted on the Rebels’ power play, cutting Central Florida’s lead to 4-2.
However, with 17 seconds to go in the second period, Knights’ forward Josh Drazin scored on the power play to increase the lead to three heading into the second intermission. Drazin added his second goal of the game in the third period as UCF took the first game 6-2.
The second game showcased the skills of the Knights’ Connor Cafferty, as the forward tallied five goals, including three on the power play. Cafferty scored his first with 14:00 remaining in the 1st period, as the Knights defeated the Rebels 8-1.
The lone goal for the Rebels was scored by freshman defenseman Zach Boynton, with Matt Obstarczyk getting the assist.
The Rebels look to a weekend off this week before returning to action Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th, as they face off against the Tulane Green Wave in Baton Rouge.