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CHS Week 13 Recap

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By: Danny Baum

The Savannah Hockey Classic lived up to its name this past weekend with four action-packed games that left us counting the days until the next one!

Georgia (D1) vs Georgia Tech (D2)

The Georgia Ice Dawgs completed the season sweep over Georgia Tech with a 7-1 win on Friday night. Georgia outscored Georgia Tech 22-2 in the three games played this season. 

 

Forward Josh Mesaros (26) led the way with two goals and two assists for the Ice Dawgs, and Evan Parente (3) chipped in with three assists.

Tennessee (D2) vs Florida (D2)

The Florida Gators completed a season sweep of their own on Friday night at the Savannah Hockey Classic, beating Tennessee for a third time, 5-1. 

 

The Ice Vols scored first in this game but then yielded five unanswered goals to the Gators. Nicholas McCann (29) scored twice for Florida, and goaltender Nathan Shield (39) stopped 31 of 32 shots in the Gator victory.

 

Florida’s triumph over Tennessee set up a rivalry showdown in the championship game between Florida and Georgia. Tennessee beat Georgia Tech 7-3 in the third-place game.

Savannah Hockey Classic Championship Game: Georgia vs Florida

Player of the Week Graphic - Week 13

The two bitter, border rivals battled for more than bragging rights on Saturday night, they wanted to win the Classic. 

 

The defending champion Florida Gators opened the scoring and dominated the majority of the first period, but Georgia would rally with two goals in the final minute of the first to take the lead. 

 

Jackson Choi (4) tied the game for Florida in the second period, but the Dawgs would score another last-minute goal to steal the lead back. The two teams traded goals in the third period, and Georgia would hold off the Gators to win the Savannah Hockey Classic, 4-3. 

 

Vanderbilt (D2) @ Clemson (D2)

 

The Vanderbilt Commodores entered their weekend set against Clemson on the brink of a playoff spot, but they left South Carolina with an impressive sweep and four massive points. 

 

Vanderbilt dominated Clemson in game one, 6-1. The Commodores mounted a 4-0 lead after two periods and cruised to the victory.

 

Game two was a tale of missed opportunities for Clemson. Vanderbilt took six minor penalties in total, including four in the first period alone. The Tigers piled up 40 shots on goal but couldn’t find the back of the net. Vanderbilt shut out Clemson 3-0 to win the weekend series.

 

Vanderbilt goaltender Andrew Shearson (35) was the star of the weekend, winning both games for the Commodores and stopping 60 of 61 shots in the process.
 

Auburn (D1) @ Tampa (D1)

 

The Tampa Spartans proved why they’re the top-ranked CHS team by crushing Auburn twice. Cole Vallese (21) and Colm Trainer (93) both scored twice, powering Tampa to a 6-2 win in game one.

 

The Spartans continued their dismantling of Auburn in game two, shredding the Tigers 9-0. Eleven different Tampa Spartans had a point in game two, and William DeCaro (38) stopped all 32 shots to record the shutout.

 

South Carolina (D1) @ Alabama (D1)

 

The South Carolina offense continued to roll, piling up 11 goals in two games against Alabama. Carson Skove (18) scored twice in game one to pace the Gamecocks to a comfortable 5-1 over the Frozen Tide.

 

In game two, six different players scored for South Carolina, including another goal for Skove (18), to give the Gamecocks a 6-1 win and a series sweep.

 

Week 12 Player of the Week, Tommy Marvin (6), registered three assists in the two games in Pelham, Alabama.

 

Player of the Week: Goalie Andrew Shearson (35), Vanderbilt.

 

Andrew Shearson went 2-0 with a shutout and stopped 60 of 61 shots over both games to help Vanderbilt earn four huge points against division rival, Clemson. 

ABOUT College Hockey South: Founded in 2008, College Hockey South is a 29-school, 46 team intercollegiate hockey conference spanning seven southeastern U.S. states that competes in AAU College Hockey. College Hockey South is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

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