Vanderbilt opened up their season against the Mississippi State Ice Dawgs this weekend at the Ford Ice Center in Nashville.
Starting for the Commodores were forwards Nick Honkala, Ryan Doppelheuer and Tucker Rhodes with Bobby Mallon and Zach Satin on defense and Ryan Kellenberger in net.
Starting forwards for the Ice Dawgs were Joey Tufts, Patrick Katz and Liam Benson with defensemen Dylan Zurita and Grant Santilli. Morgan Terranova started in goal.
The Dores were on fire during the first putting up ten points against the Ice Dawgs. Honkala and Doppelheuer claimed the first two goals with assists from Daniel Huyler, Rhodes and Satin. Huyler claimed goal number three followed by a pair of goals from Josh Meyer. Halfway through the first, Patrick McNamara, Honkala, Ray Xie and Huyler light the lamp for the Dores. With thirty seconds left in period one, Meyer notched his hat trick bringing the score 10-0.
Meyer didn’t stop there, as he scored the only goal during the second period with assists from McNamara and Jake Bogrsma.
At the start of the third, Huyler grabbed a hat trick assisted by Rhodes, followed closely by another from Xie. Huyler and Jeremy Gross wrapped up the Commodore’s scoring bringing the tally to 15-0.
With four minutes left in regulation, Mississippi State freshman Liam Benson puts the Ice Dawgs on the board, finishing the game at 15-1.
“Vanderbilt is a very fast, fundamentally sound team that knows how to put the puck in the net,” said Mississippi State senior Matt Benz. “We had a great time playing them and are excited to continue growing and competing this season.”
Mississippi State travels to face Auburn this weekend while Vanderbilt hosts South Carolina.
Reported by: Kellie Walton
Kellie is a graduate of Mississippi State with a degree in Communication and Public Relations. During her four years at Mississippi State, she served as the Assistant Manager of the Ice Dawgs and founded the Ice Dawg Ice Girls. Kellie now works for a community magazine in her hometown of Franklin, Tenn., and serves as the Assistant Director of the Nashville Youth Hockey League.