Weekend Preview – West Division Favorites Face Off

November 4, 2010

Arkansas @ Alabama – The Alabama Frozen Tide will take to the ice Friday and Saturday night against Arkansas with control of the West Division potentially on the line.

Arkansas (9-3, 1-0 SECHC) and Alabama (7-5, 2-0 SECHC) are atop the overall standings entering the weekend and are favorites for the west championship.

Alabama is coming off two close losses to Florida Gulf Coast last weekend. In both games, FGCU added empty-net goals as the game were one-goal apart coming into the final minutes.

Arkansas is coming off two wins against Missouri State’s D2 program. On Sunday, Arkansas will face off against Auburn in a one-game set to close out a three-game weekend.

South Carolina vs Clemson – South Carolina will face in-state rival Clemson in a home-and-home series tonight and Friday. The Gamecocks (4-3-0, 3-1-0 SECHC) come into the series fresh off of two wins against Tennessee to move into contention for a top seed in the playoffs as we approach the midway point of the season.

Clemson (5-2) will be a big non-conference test for the Gamecocks.

Tennessee @ Ole Miss – The Ice Rebels will host the Ice Vols this weekend in the first matchup between the two schools. Friday night’s game will be a conference game with Saturday’s game counting as a non-conference game. The Ice Vols (2-10, 1-6) enter the weekend set on a 10-game losing skid after crawling through a tough schedule to start the year.

Ole Miss (5-2, 3-1 SECHC) come into the games after an off weekend. In their last test, the Rebels split a series with Georgia at home. The Ice Vols came from behind to beat Georgia in a close game in Knoxville at the beginning of the season.

Auburn @ Mississippi State – The Auburn Tigers will travel to Tupelo, MS this weekend to face off against Mississippi State. Auburn (2-6) is riding high coming into the weekend after collecting it’s first two wins of the young programs history two weeks ago. The Tigers defeated LSU twice before having an off weekend last week. On Sunday, Auburn will face off against Arkansas in a one-game set to close out a three-game weekend.

Mississippi State (1-3) has played a light schedule to this point with their lone win coming against Tulane in the season opener.

Georgia – After last weeks loss to the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, the Bulldogs come home for a set of games against Central Florida and Vanderbilt. Georgia (3-4, 0-3 SECHC) has had an up-and-down year thus far. Central Florida will be a big test as the Golden Knights have been a south power for several years.

Vanderbilt – The Commodores will travel to Georgia this weekend to take on Emory University and Georgia. Vanderbilt (4-1) played Emory two weeks ago in Nashville, blowing them out 14-1 in game one and squeezing by 6-5 in game two. After a travel day friday, its hard to predict the game for the Commodores.