Weekend Wrap Up – Ice Vols, Frozen Tide Take Division Leads

October 4, 2010

Tennessee – The Ice Vols kicked off their season with a pair of games against long-time rivals, Georgia Tech and Georgia. On opening night, UT blew a 3-0 lead by the middle of the second period.

However, Jeong Choe made his first game as an Ice Vol a memorable one, scoring two goals to help the Ice Vols regain the lead. Evan Cherry also added a goal in his first game as a Vol. Robbie Banks, Donald Williams, and captain Kevin Jones also added goals to help Tennessee win 7-5.

On night two, Georgia was the opponent. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Tennessee. This time, Scott Andrews started the comeback with a pair of goals for Tennessee and the Ice Vols picked up their first conference win of the year 6-5.

On a side note, the win Saturday night for Tennessee was Steve Durrigan’s 100th win as head coach of the Ice Vols.

Alabama/Vanderbilt – The Frozen Tide only had one game this weekend but they made it count, defeating conference opponent Vanderbilt 9-3. Alabama found themselves down quickly, giving up a power-play goal to Vandy’s Kyle Brennan less than a minute into the game.

Before the end of the first however, Alabama had a 3-2 lead and took control from there. Mark Wysock had three goals in the game, along with two assists, and was named player of the game.

Alex Dubrinksy, Brandon Butler, Sean Keeler and Jeff Pease all added goals for the Frozen Tide, which is now 2-0-0 in conference play.

Vanderbilt fell to 2-1-0 in conference play with the loss.

Arkansas – The Razorbacks started off the weekend where they left off a few weeks ago. Arkansas defeated Nebraska 5-0 as Razorbacks goalie Brendan Desjardins earned his second shutout of the season.

Marcel Toure had two goals on the night. Bill Dolan, Just McDowell an Easton Oliver each added a goal.

On Saturday, Nebraska turned the table on Arkansas and handed them its first loss of the season, 3-0. The Cornhuskers found the back of the net three times and managed to shutdown Arkansas with the help of the post and solid goaltending play.

Arkansas fired 49 shots on net and hit the post three times. They also failed to score on four breakaway opportunities, getting shutout a night after posting a shutout.

Georgia – The Bulldogs split their games on their opening weekend. Before their Saturday night loss to Tennessee, Georgia picked up its first win and conference win of the season in a home game against Auburn.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and held off a vastly improving first-year team from Auburn. Georgia held on and defeated the Tigers 6-3.

Mississippi State – Mississippi State took on Tulane this past weekend, earning a split. On Friday night, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 6-2 in the middle of the second period.

The Bulldogs used four powerplay goals to tie the game at the end of the second period before outscoring Tulane 2-1 in the final frame to win 8-7.

On Saturday night, the Bulldogs were unable to find the drive to comeback like the previous night. After the first period, the score was tied at one. But, Tulane struck gold in the second with five goals on their way to a 9-3 win.

South Carolina – The Gamecocks traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida this weekend to take on Embry-Riddle. The Eagles took control of both game and defeated the Gamecocks 7-4 on both nights.

Auburn – After a 6-3 loss to conference opponent Georgia, the Tigers took on one of the South Region’s top programs in the last decade, Georgia Tech, Saturday night. The Tigers were unable to pick up a win, but contained Georgia Tech’s offense to only six goals.