September 20, 2010
Vanderbilt/Auburn – For the Auburn Tigers, It may have not been the dream opening weekend it had in mind, but the program officially played its first two games and improvement was seen from the first game to the second.
For Vanderbilt, the opening weekend against Auburn was a stepping stone in the right direction under new head coach Thomas Bernstein.
On Friday night, Auburn played its first official game as a program but it was a tough night as Vanderbilt goalie Brenden Oliver was on his game. Oliver pitched a shutout from the crease with 13 saves and Vanderbilt used scoring from all four lines to win 13-0.
Chris Sperandio had a hat trick for the Commodores. P.J. Tatum and Kyle McCann each netted a pair of goals. In total, 8 different players scored for Vanderbilt, but the Commodores also had 11 penalties for 24 minutes as the first weekend rust was still apparent.
On Saturday night, Vanderbilt picked up another win, 12-4, but Auburn made big strides offensively as the young team had another chance to get use to eachother. The Tigers nearly doubled their shot total from the previous night, putting 24 shots on net.
Trevor Hightower had a hat trick for War Eagle and Brandon Polk also had a goal.
Nathan Tardiff had a hat trick for Vanderbilt, as nine players scored for the Commodores.
Alabama – The Frozen Tide had a tough, but expected, weekend against two of the South Regions premier teams. Alabama started the weekend off with games Friday and Saturday night against Central Florida.
Night one was tough for Alabama, as they fell to the #2 team in the south last season 8-2. However, they found themselves in a much closer game Saturday night, falling to the Golden Knights 5-2.
On Sunday, Alabama made a stop to play Florida Gulf Coast, the top team in the South last season. While Alabama picked up a loss, it was a close battle that wasn’t settled until late in the third period, as the Frozen Tide fell 3-0.