Weekend Wrap Up – Alabama Bounces Back, Florida Gets Underway With Win

September 27, 2010

Alabama – After a tough opening weekend against the top two teams from the south last season, the Frozen Tide rebounded in a big way with two wins over the weekend.

On Friday night, Alabama played its first conference game of the season against South Carolina, picking up an important first win with a 7-1 victory over the Gamecocks.

It took a while for the Frozen Tide to get going, as they found themselves in a scoreless tie after one period. However, the Tide’s weekend got jumpstarted with a three goal second period, followed by a 4-1 final period.

On Saturday night, the Tide was a part of the first big upset for an SECHC team on the year. Alabama knocked off former D3 champion, and D2 ranked Kennesaw State, 6-4.

It wasn’t all glory, as Alabama found themselves trailing by one after the first period, despite goals from Brandon Butler and David Mosier. In the second period, the Tide took control of the game and tied it up at 4 off of goals from Chris Heidkamp and Sean Keeler.

Alabama took the third period on the road at Kennesaw by storm, scoring the go ahead goal 9 seconds in the period of the stick of Jeff Pease. After holding on to the lead through the whole period, Pease added a clincher late in the game with an empty-net goal.

Florida – After a tune up game against a Non-ACHA team from North Florida, the Gators kicked off their regular season with a game at home against Florida State.

The in-state rivals found themselves tied at 1 after the first period.

But, the Gators found the form they carried to a national tournament appearance last season in the second and third periods. Florida added three goals in each period against the Seminoles, while only giving up one in the third, to win 7-2.

South Carolina – The Gamecocks started the season on a rough note, falling to Alabama 7-1 on Friday night. Alabama outshot USC 48-27 and managed only a power-play goal midway through the final period.

However, South Carolina was able to rebound against Mississippi Saturday night with a 9-3 win. The Gamecocks had 7 goal scorers in the game with Jeremy Davis and Will Chamblain getting two goals apiece.

Brendan Tammany stopped 24 Ole Miss shots for the first win of the season.

Mississippi – The Rebels struggled in their conference opening game against South Carolina Saturday night. Perhaps a couple of periods were needed to shake off the rust.

After two periods, the Ice Rebels were outshot 29-16 and found themselves trailing 5-0.

In the third period, they did give up four more goals, but Ole Miss did score three goals of their own from Cody Fullinwider, John Chicoli, and Timmy McElroy.