New Goalie Still Not Enough to Get Tigers Their First Win

There was a new goalie in net this weekend for the Tigers. Mike Robinson, the team’s adviser and assistant coach agreed to play in net for the Tigers. The new goaltender was able to stop approximately 85% of the shots, but the Tigers were unable to match the scoring.

Friday against Georgia the Tigers played tough, however a few penalties got them in trouble in the second period and UGA capitalized on their power plays. Tigers would eventually fall 6-1. Michael Ritter tallied the Tiger’s lone goal. Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech started with great promise. After 1 period the Tigers trailed 1-0. Auburn was short benched and it showed starting in the second period. Georgia Tech took over after that. Tech would eventually fire 73 shots on net. Final score, 11-1 Tech. Assistant captain, Chris Hickley, would get Auburn’s only goal assisted by captain Carter Rivers. Sunday versus Tennessee saw much of the same as Saturday’s game. Already short benched and fatigued from the previous games, Auburn found themselves struggling after a questionable game misconduct was given to Freshmen Braden Pichel. Auburn found themselves having to kill 2 five minute major penalties in the second period. The loss of Pichel and 10+ minutes of penalty kill in the second period proved to be to much for the Tigers. Tennessee would go on to win 14-2.

Though the scores were lopsided, there were a lot of positives to come out of the weekend. The players started to show a lot of grit over the weekend. With all the extra ice time, many started to get a better feel for the speed and physicality of the game. Hopefully this added experience will help the players improve for the future. If the Tigers can get the entire team together back from injuries, and other outside obligations, they should prove to be a competitive team.

Tigers take on Mississippi State this Friday and LSU on Saturday. Both programs are recovering being on probation. LSU is coming back from being away from hockey for a few years. Both games this weekend start at 8:00pm at the Columbus Ice Rink.


Player Spotlight: Sonny MacCurrach

In this week’s player spotlight, we’ll take a look at Sonny MacCurrach (6’1″ 210lbs). Sonny is a junior studying in the College of Ag, and hails from Jacksonville, FL. Sonny was born on July 14, 1994. Sonny has played for TPH Thunder AAA, Jacksonville Ice Dogs. Sonny’s favorite NHL team is the Tampa Bay Lightning.

When Sonny’s not playing hockey, he likes to hangout with friends, do anything on a boat, fish, study and play golf.

Do you have any particular goals for the season? Improve team chemistry both on and off the ice which hopefully leads to some quality wins and good fun.
What influenced your decision to come to Auburn? The well respected College of Ag and turfgrass program is what convinced me to attend Auburn University.


Player Spotlight: Carter Rivers

We’re reviving the player spotlight this season! So over the course of the season we will feature a brief profile on each player, new and returning. First up, captain Carter Rivers.

Carter is (5’11”- 165). He was born on February 8th, 1994 and is from Madison, AL. He is a Junior studying Horticulture. Carter is a defensemen that started playing hockey in 1st grade. He played for Bob Jones High School and AA travel for the Huntsville Chargers travel team since Peewees.

His favorite NHL team is the Nashville Predators. When he is not playing hockey, he enjoys fishing, traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and taking long walks on the beach with teammate Joe Richard.

Do you have any particular goals for the season? My goal for the upcoming season is to create a hard working, winning environment on the team and to improve my overall game..

What influenced your decision to come to Auburn? I came to Auburn mainly because I loved the small town family environment it had.

Carter was awarded the captain’s “C” in the middle of last year. He has stepped up as a excellent leader, and we expect great things from him this season!


The Officers of Auburn Hockey

While your Auburn Tigers are out on the ice, another group of students are working just as hard to make sure the game runs smoothly. These unsung heroes are the officers of the Auburn hockey team. You know them as the smiling faces that greet you at the Ice Rink, work the ticket booth and merchandise table, and keep score during the game. You might even see one run by franticly with a walkie-talkie.
While a large majority of the officers’ work happens before game-day, games are the culminating point for everyone and the reason for it all.
To provide a little more insight into the world of the officers we’ve asked them a few questions.

James, Game-Day Officer
Call-sign: Maverick
Game-Day Responsibilities: Overseeing of all game-day operations, Announcer

Favorite Team: Detroit Red Wings

Favorite Player: Brendan Shanahan

Favorite Hockey Movie: Slap Shot

Favorite AU Hockey Moment: “The first time I realized Trevor Hightower looks like Ash Ketchum.”

Andie, Scheduling Officer
Call-sign: Lightning Fury
Game-Day Responsibilities: Visiting Team and Referee Ambassador, also mans Auburn penalty box

Favorite Team: Detroit, son!

Favorite Player: Pavel Datsyuk

Favorite Hockey Movie: D2: The Mighty Ducks

Favorite AU Hockey Moment: Pete’s 5 on 3 shorthanded goal.


Jackie, Graphic Design Officer
Call-sign: Serif
Game-Day Responsibilities: Scoreboard operations and keeping Maverick sane

Favorite Team: Nashville Predators

Favorite Hockey Movie: Youngblood

Favorite AU Hockey Moment: The road-trip to Tupelo.


Katy, Webmaster Officer
Hot Diggity
Game-Day Responsibilities:
Updating AU hockey website and facebook page, selling merchandise

Favorite Team: Nashville Predators

Favorite Player: Shea Weber

Favorite Hockey Movie: Mystery, Alaska

Favorite AU Hockey Moment: Winning.


Erica, Statistician
Call-sign: Ginger Spice
Game-Day Responsibilities: Scorekeeping

Favorite Team: Detroit Red Wings

Favorite Player: Nick Lidstrom

Favorite Hockey Movie: The Mighty Ducks

Claire, Secretary
Call-sign: Blades
Game-Day Responsibilities: Mans the visiting team penalty box

Favorite Team: Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks

Favorite AU Hockey Moment: Finding out there’s an Auburn hockey team

Fun fact: Claire is an extremely skilled figure skater.


Clay, Equipment Manager
Call-sign: Tiny
Game-Day Responsibilities: Keeper of the jerseys, also goes on banana and Gatorade runs

Favorite Team: Winnipeg Jets/ Atlanta Thrashers

Favorite Player: Evander Kane

Favorite Hockey Movie: Miracle

Favorite AU Hockey Moment: When Auburn scored with less than two seconds left to beat South Carolina 9-8.


David, Game-Day Staff
Call-sign: Badger
Game-Day Responsibilities: Selling tickets and merchandise, also runs the scoreboard

Favorite Team: Detroit Red Wings

Favorite Player: Pavel Datsyuk

Favorite Hockey Movie: Miracle

Favorite AU Hockey Moment: Cramped in the backseat for a five hour car ride to Tupelo and being rewarded with an AU victory.







Tigers End Weekend With A Win

The Auburn Tigers were on the road this past weekend in Pelham, AL where they participated in the SECHC Showcase hosted by Alabama Hockey. The Tigers had two games lined up for the weekend the first of which took place last Friday night January 27 against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The game was a tough one for the Tigers who were shut out 6-0 by the Commodores. The first period seemed an even match between the two teams until the end of the period when Vandy began the scoring with a goal at the five minute mark. The Commodores used the last minute of play to their advantage and scored three more goals before the end of the period. The Tigers’ goalie Miles Bishop would hold off the Commodores from scoring any in the second however they scored two more times in the third to make the final score 6-0.

The second game of the weekend took place on Saturday night, January 28 against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The many Tiger faithful present were hopeful that the team would prevail despite the shut out from the previous night. Their hope was rewarded as the Tigers went on to beat the Gamecocks in a win of epic proportions.

Carolina would take an early two goal lead halfway through the first period. The Tigers cut the lead to one with a goal by Yiannis Kapetanopoulos assisted by Anthony Generotti and Jeremy Fisher. The Gamecocks made it 3-1 with 6:56 left in the first. A goal by the Tigers’ Jeremy Fisher assisted by Max Coyle and Anthony Generotti would end scoring in the first period and the teams would head to the locker rooms with Carolina up 3-2.

The second period saw many goals by both teams and would end with South Carolina in the lead 6-5. Carolina scored first in the second, then the Tigers answered with three consecutive goals, temporarily gaining the lead. The first was by Anthony Generotti assisted by Yiannis Kapetanopoulos and Shane Brunstein. The Tigers would tie the game 4-4 with a goal by Captain Seph Kestner assisted by Shane Brunstein and Frank Elsbree. A goal by Anthony Generotti assisted by Pete Leone and Max Coyle gave Auburn the lead until just a minute later South Carolina scored two goals before the end of the second.

The third period was perhaps one of the most exciting ones in Auburn hockey history with an amazing comeback in the last minute of the period that would give the Tigers the win.  Auburn tied the game 6-6 with a goal by Jeremy Fisher assisted by Pete Leone and Frank Elsbree halfway through the third. South Carolina went on to score two more times making the game 8-6 with about 8 minutes left.  Auburn fought to stay in the game and would succeed with 5 minutes left with a goal by Max Coyle assisted by Brian Parkinson and Pete Leone. It appeared to be a South Carolina win until Auburn Captain Seph Kestner scored his second goal of the game to tie it up 8-8 with 29 seconds left in the period. Overtime was definitely on everybody’s mind when Auburn’s Jeremy Fisher scored with a shot off the face-off. The goal completed Fisher’s hat trick and, with only 1.9 seconds left on the clock, it gave the Tiger’s a 9-8 win over the Gamecocks. Auburn Tigers’ goalie Miles Bishop would take the win.

After being shut out the night before, nine Auburn players would register points.

The Tigers have added two more games to their schedule for the upcoming weekend against the Florida State University Seminoles at the Columbus Ice Rink. The first game will be Saturday at 1 pm ET and the second will be Sunday at 10 am ET.



Player Spotlight: Anthony Generotti

This week’s player spotlight is on second year player Anthony Generotti (5’10”- 170) who is a senior at Auburn University studying Biosystems Engineering. Anthony was born on March 12, 1989 and is from Franklin, Tennessee. He started playing youth hockey in Pennsylvania in 1997 then played youth and high school hockey in Franklin at Independence High School. He plays center on the ice for the Tigers and serves as Assistant Captain.

Anthony’s favorite NHL teams are the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Nashville Predators’ logo is a Smilodon floridanus aka a saber-toothed cat. It was chosen because in 1971 a partial Smilodon skeleton was unearthed during construction in downtown Nashville.

When he is not on the ice for the Tigers, he enjoys being outdoors, hunting, and watching or playing sports.

Do you have any particular goals for the season? To compete in the SECHC tournament.

What influenced your decision to come to Auburn? The beautiful campus and engineering.



Tigers Sweep Ice Dawgs

This past weekend was an exciting one for the Auburn Tigers with a two game sweep of the Mississippi State Ice Dawgs. The two victories mean Auburn is now qualified for the SEC tournament, which will be played in Huntsville, AL at the end of February.

The Tigers took on the Ice Dawgs’ at their home rink, BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Mississippi. Although the first game of the series was played on Friday the 13th, the game ended up being a lucky one for the Tigers who won by a score of 6-3. Tiger’s Captain Seph Kestner scored a hat trick in the win.

Saturday night’s game was a physical one between the Tigers and the Dawgs with both teams fighting for the win. About 20 seconds into the first period Auburn gets on the board with a goal by Pete Leone assisted by Seph Kestner. Mississippi State answered with a goal by Miller, tying the game in the first. Auburn would break the tie with two more goals, one from Anthony Generotti, unassisted and a shorthanded goal by Pete Leone assisted by Sean Kemp, before the end of the period. During the second period, Mississippi State’s Barclay and Moore both scored to tie the game 3-3. However, Auburn would regain the lead with a goal by Brian Parkinson assisted by Jeremy Fisher. The Tigers finalized the win during the 3rd period by scoring three unanswered goals. The first was a powerplay goal by Seph Kestner assisted by Pete Leone and Shane Brunstein. The last two goals of the game came within 10 seconds of each other and were scored by Pete Leone, completing his hat trick, assisted by Anthony Generotti, and Jeremy Fisher who scored unassisted. Auburn split goaltending duties between Miles Bishop who played Friday’s game and Elliott Chenger who played Saturday’s game.

Overall, this weekend was an exciting and hard-fought series between the two teams both physically and emotionally. This is the first time the Tigers have swept a series as the visiting team this season. These two wins also qualify Auburn to participate in the SEC playoffs. The Auburn Tigers will play their next two games in Pelham, AL on January 27th, against the Vanderbilt Commodores at 6 pm, and January 28th, against the South Carolina Gamecocks at 3 pm.




Alabama Takes Iron Cup 2011

This past weekend was the 2nd annual Iron Cup between the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Frozen Tide. After a weekend filled with exciting plays and some unfortunate injuries, the Frozen Tide would take all three games to win this year’s Iron Cup.

Alabama won game one on Friday night with a score of 7-1. Alabama’s goals were scored by Colbert, Pease, Bailey, with two goals scored by Keeler and two scored by Janssen. Auburn’s only goal in this game occurred in the first period by Pete Leone and assisted by Frank Elsbree and Seph Kestner with 2:52 left.  Shots on goal were 55 Alabama and 32 Auburn. Miles Bishop made 48 saves in the loss for Auburn.

Auburn made a much better showing in the second game of the series with Alabama winning by a final score of 9-5. Auburn was first on the board with a powerplay goal by Jeremy Fisher and assisted by Anthony Generotti about one minute into the first. Alabama would tie it by the end of the first with a goal by Keeler. The second period was filled with penalties, 9 in total called on the two teams, which resulted in 3 powerplay goals and a shorthanded goal. Alabama’s goals were scored by Keeler, Janssen, Finch, Vinson, and Dailey. Auburn scored one goal in the second by Seph Kestner and assisted by Trevor Hightower and Pete Leone. Compared to the second, the third period was more civil with only 6 penalties called between both teams. Auburn would score 3 goals in the third, two by Pete Leone and one by Trevor Hightower. Alabama would score two times both by Dailey to make the final score 9-5. Shots on goal were 55 Alabama and 34 Auburn. Charlie Lindner started in goal for Auburn and made 38 saves before being replaced by Miles Bishop at the start of the third after suffering an injury earlier in the game.

The final game of the series was another close one for the Tiger’s where they held Alabama to only 5 goals. The Frozen Tide would get on the board first with two goals at the beginning of the first period. One was scored shorthanded by Ricks while the second goal was scored by Hewson. Alabama scored two more goals in the second period to make it 4-0. Dubrinsky scored about two minutes in and was followed by a goal from Pease about five minutes in. Auburn would score their only goal of the game not even a minute later on the powerplay by Seph Kestner and assisted by Pete Leone and Jay Chenault. Alabama answered with a powerplay goal by Finch. Shots on goal for this game were 38 Alabama and 17 Auburn. Elliott Chenger made 33 saves in the loss for Auburn.

Sunday was the last home game for the Auburn Tigers with the rest of the season being played away.



Auburn and Alabama Take It To The Ice

The Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Frozen Tide face off this weekend  in the 2nd annual Iron Cup in Columbus, GA. The Iron Cup is a 3 game series which take the rivalry of Auburn and Alabama to the ice. The team that wins best 2 out of 3 will be awarded the Iron Cup. Last year, the series was played in Pelham, AL at the Frozen Tide’s home rink the Pelham Civic Complex. This year it will be played on the Tiger’s home ice at the Columbus Ice Rink. The Frozen Tide won all 3 games last year in decisive victories against the first year Auburn team. However this year, with more experience and new talent, the Auburn Tigers will be a better match against the six-year Tide team.

So far this season, the Auburn Tigers have a record of 3 wins out of 11 games, while the Frozen Tide has a record of 8 wins out of 17 games. The Tigers will be coming off of two losses against the Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Ice Dawgs in the College Clash that happened on Nov. 18-19. The Tide will be facing the Tigers after a 3-2 win against Virginia Tech in the Tornado Disaster Relief Game held on Nov. 19. Both of these teams will be sure to provide an exhilarating match-up over the weekend.

Game 1 will take place Friday, December 2 at 7:45 pm CST (8:45 pm ET), game 2 will be at 4 pm CST (5 pm ET) on Saturday, December 3, and game 3 will be at 12 pm CST (1 pm ET) on Sunday, December 4. Tickets will be sold at the door. The prices for these games will be $5 for adults, $4 for students with their ID’s, and kids 8 and under are free. For Saturday’s game, the Tigers will be hosting a special Military Appreciation Night. Auburn has invited 200 military personnel to attend the game for free through the Gameday for Heroes organization. The Tigers will also be providing them with a commemorative Military Appreciation Night t-shirt. For more information about Gameday for Heroes, visit their website.

Be sure to come out and support your Auburn Tigers this weekend in this thrilling rivalry against the Frozen Tide!

Links to the facebook events can be found here, here, and here.



Tigers Face the Green Wave

The Auburn Tigers hit the road this coming weekend heading to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to play Tulane University’s hockey team, the Green Wave. The Green Wave are also in their second season as a team and play their home games at Leo’s Ice Palace. This will be the first match up between these two teams. The first game will take place this Friday November 11th at 10 pm and the second will be Saturday November 12th at 3:30 pm.

The Tigers are coming off of an almost 3 week long break with their last two games played against the Georgia State University Panthers on October 21 and 22. They won both games against the Panthers 7-5. Tulane is coming off of two impressive wins against the Memphis Tigers this past weekend. They beat Memphis both games 10-3. So far this season the Tigers have a record of 3 wins and 4 loses while Tulane has a record of 4 wins and 3 loses.

The Tigers will return to their home ice Friday November 18th against the Ole Miss Rebels and Saturday November 19th against the Georgia Ice Dogs.



Player Spotlight: Seph Kestner

This week’s player spotlight is on returning player from last year’s inaugural team, Seph Kestner. He is a senior at Auburn University studying pre-Dentistry. Seph (6’0-190 lbs.) was born on May 23, 1990 and he originates from Huntsville, Alabama. He has been playing ice hockey for 17 years beginning when he was four years old.  Last season, he occupied the position of a defenseman; however this season he plays center for the Tigers as well as being named the captain of the team.

Seph’s favorite hockey team is the Detroit Red Wings, whose unofficial mascot is a purple octopus named Al. The octopus derives from a tradition started in 1952 when NHL teams had to win 8 games in the post-season to win the Stanley Cup.

When he is not on the ice for the Tigers, he enjoys playing other sports like volleyball and golf. He also enjoys hanging out with his friends.

Do you have any particular goals for the season? To make it to the SECHC tournament and to beat Bama of course.

What influenced your decision to come to Auburn? I had some good friends from home come here and so it was a no brainer.

So far this season, Seph has had 7 goals, which include a hat trick against Georgia State, and 4 assists.




Tigers Take the Weekend

This past weekend was an exciting one for the Auburn Tigers picking up their first two wins of the season against the Georgia State University Panthers at the Columbus Ice Rink.

The Tigers came out strong in the first period Friday night, scoring four goals and allowing only two goals against. Brian Parkinson and Alex Farrell each picked up a goal in the first, while the Tigers captain, Seph Kestner, scored two. Tempers flared in the second and the two teams combined for a total of 32 penalty minutes. But this did not stop the Tigers, as Kestner would further the lead by scoring his third goal of the game and completing his hat trick. The Panther’s attempted to comeback during the third period scoring two goals. However the Tiger’s would seal the deal with two more goals, from Seph Kestner and Pete Leone, putting the final score at 7-4. Tiger’s goalie Elliott Chenger gained his first win of the season with a total of 34 saves.

Saturday’s game started out just as thrilling as Friday’s with the Tigers again scoring four goals in the first period. Frank Elsbree and Chris Brown each scored one, while Pete Leone scored two. The Tigers also produced 28 shots on goal compared to GSU’s 7 in the first period.  Frank Elsbree and Ryan McCaugherty furthered the Tiger’s lead with two more goals during the second, while GSU countered with two goals of their own. The seventh goal of the game for the Tigers came from Scott ‘Bear’ Thomasson about 6 minutes into the third period with a lucky ricochet off of a GSU player. The Panthers would score one last time before the end of the period giving a final score of 7-4. Auburn ended the game with a commendable 63 shots on goal. Goalie Elliott Chenger made 21 saves on the way to his second win of the season.

For their next games, the Tigers will travel to Tulane to face the Green Wave on November 11 and 12. The Tigers will be home again on November 18 to play against the Georgia Ice Dogs and November 19 against the Ole Miss Ice Rebels.




Tigers Face Off Against Panthers

The Auburn Tiger’s face off against new opponents with two home games this Friday and Saturday at the Columbus Ice Rink. They will be playing the Georgia State University Panthers for the first time in the both of the club’s histories. GSU is a newly formed ice hockey club for the 2011-2012 season. Both teams will be coming off of losses, with Auburn losing against Arkansas two weekends ago and GSU losing against Georgia and Florida last weekend.

The first game will be Friday, October 21 and the puck drops at 8:30 pm EST. The second game of the weekend will be Saturday, October 22 at 9:30 am EST. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $5 for adults, $4 for students with ID, and kids 8 and under are free.

This will be the only match-up between the Tigers and the Panthers this season.

Links to facebook event are here and here.



Player Spotlight: Scott Thomasson

This week’s player spotlight is on a player that is new to the Tiger’s team this season. Scott Thomasson (5’10”- 245 lbs) is a 22 year old junior at Auburn University studying Information Systems Management. He is from Birmingham, Alabama and was born on June 28, 1989. He has 18 years of experience playing hockey in Birmingham, AL starting when he was 4 years old. He plays on defense for the Auburn Tigers.

His favorite hockey team is the Pittsburgh Penguins which was founded in 1967 as one of the first expansion teams from the NHL league’s original expansion from six to twelve teams. They have won 3 Stanley Cups in the franchises’ history.

When Scott is not playing hockey, he enjoys listening to music, hanging out with his friends, and riding motorcycles.

Do you have any particular goals for the season? To not get into any fights and get less penalties.

What influenced your decision to come to Auburn? My whole family has gone to Auburn so it was just a natural choice.





Player Spotlight: Pete Leone

This week’s player spotlight is about forward and assistant captain Pete Leone (6’1”-190) who is a returning player from last year’s roster. Pete is a senior this year at Auburn studying Supply Chain Management. He plays center and left wing on the ice. He was born on May 9, 1990 and he is from Newton, Connecticut.

Pete has had an extensive career playing hockey starting out when he was 3 years old in Connecticut. He then played in Italy when he was 5 until he was 10 years old. He moved back to Connecticut and continued playing until he was 18 years old.

Do you have any particular goals for the season? Help make our team one of the better teams in the conference

What influenced your decision to come to Auburn? Ms. Auburn

His favorite hockey team is the Hartford Whalers which used to be part of the National Hockey League and was based in Hartford, Connecticut. Its franchise moved in 1997 to Raleigh, North Carolina and became the Carolina Hurricanes.

Pete has 1 goal and 1 assist in the first three games of the season.




Tigers Prevail Over the Seminoles

Saturday’s game against the Florida State Seminoles was definitely one to keep the Tigers’ fans on the edge of their seats. The first period was a daunting one for the Tigers with the Seminoles scoring two unanswered goals. The first Seminoles goal came at just 1:27 into the first by Gabe Glaun with an assist by Patrick Nolan. The second occurred halfway through the second by Randy Veliky and assisted by Frank Donofrio. The Tigers had only 7 shots on goal while the Seminoles had 13. The period ended 2-0 Seminoles.

The second period did not begin much better for the Tigers with another goal by Florida State 2:47 into the period. The goal was the second one by Gabe Glaun with assists by Jacob Mabie and Matt Cazes. About four minutes later, the Tigers finally answered with an unassisted goal by Trevor Hightower. The Seminoles accumulated 18 penalty minutes in the second while the Tigers only had 4. The score at the end of the period was 3-1 Seminoles.

The third period was a tight one for both teams with the Tigers trying to make some plays and the Seminoles trying to extend their two goal lead. However the Tigers made an epic comeback by putting more points on the board. The first Tigers goal of the period came at 4:27 into the third by Trevor Hightower and assisted by Jeremy Fisher. The second goal of the period was scored also by Trevor Hightower which completed his hat trick and was assisted by Anthony Generotti and Yiannis Kapetanopoulos. The game was now all tied up and the suspense was rising between the two teams of who would break the tie first. The Tigers’ Brian Parkinson broke that tie with about 3 minutes left in the game with an assist by Michael Withrow giving the Tigers a 4-3 lead. The Tigers’ ended up on the penalty kill for the last 30 seconds of the period however they held off the Seminoles and gained their first win of the season. It was also the first win for goalie Charlie Lindner as an Auburn Tiger.

Final score was 4-3 Auburn.



Seminoles Overcome Tigers after Wild Second Period

The second game of the season was an exciting one for the Auburn Tigers against the Florida State Seminoles. The Tigers came out as the dominating team in the first period. Brian Parkinson got the first goal 5:24 into the first with assists by Ryan McCaugherty and Dion Moore. The second goal was scored not even a minute later by Seph Kestner with assists by Frank Elsbree and Pete Leone. FSU picked up play after the two goals which created a lot of back forth between the two teams. Before the end of the period Trevor Hightower would put the Tigers on the board again with 58 seconds left in the first with an assist by Yiannis Kapetanopoulos. Score at the end of the first period was 3-0 Auburn.

The floodgates opened in the second period with numerous goals and penalties. Six goals were scored between both teams and there were 65 penalty minutes including two disqualifications and a game misconduct. Auburn goals were scored by Seph Kestner on the power play with assists by Sean Kemp and Yiannis Kapetanopoulos and a shorthanded goal by Brock Bauza. FSU had goals by Matthew Klein, Randy Veliky, and two goals by Trip Fessenden. The Seminoles pulled their starting goalie Blake Wladyka with 4:38 left in the second and replaced him with Victor Gaigano. Score at the end of the second was 5-4 Auburn.

The third period saw fewer penalties but just as many goals, mostly by FSU. The Seminoles’ Andrew Everly scored the first goal 52 seconds into the period, followed by two from Matt Hastings and another from Everly. The Tigers gained their sixth and final goal on the power play 14:42 into the third by Brian Parkinson and assisted by Yiannis Kapetanopoulos and Frank Elsbree. The Tigers pulled their goalie Miles Bishop at 1:11 for the extra attacker. FSU then gained an empty net goal by Randy Valiky with 40 seconds left in the third.

The final shots on goal were Auburn 42 and FSU 56. Final score was 9-6 FSU.



Player Spotlight: Brian Parkinson

Brian Parkinson vs. GA TechWith so many new players on the team, we wanted to give the fans a chance to get to know their Tigers a little better. So over the course of the season we will feature a brief profile on each player, new and returning.

The first player profile is Brian Parkinson (6’2”- 190). He was born on November 25, 1989 and is from Livonia, Michigan. He is a junior at Auburn University studying Human Development: Child Life. On the ice, he plays center for the Tigers. Brian has been involved in hockey for about 12 years since playing as a Mini Mite.

His favorite hockey team is the 11 time Stanley Cup winners, the Detroit Red Wings. When he is not playing hockey, he enjoys playing Golf as well as hanging out with his friends and girlfriend.

Do you have any particular goals for the season? As a team, for us to qualify for the SECHC tourney. Individually, for me to shake the rust off of my stick handling ability and light the lamp a couple of times.

What influenced your decision to come to Auburn? The atmosphere that surrounds Auburn University: the people, the campus, and the academics.

Brian is a new and welcome addition to the roster and we look forward to his contributions to the team. In the second game of the season, Brian lit the lamp twice against FSU.


Tigers Take On the Seminoles

The Auburn Tigers will take on the Florida State University Seminoles in two games this weekend at the Columbus Ice Rink. This is the first time the Seminoles and the Tigers have faced off and it is sure to be an interesting matchup. Both the Tigers and the Seminoles use the Columbus Ice Rink as their home ice, so the teams will be playing a home and home series.

The first match up will be Friday, September 30 with a puck drop at 8:30 pm ET with Auburn as the home team. The second match up will take place Saturday, October 1 at 5 pm ET with Florida State taking the ice as the home team. Tickets will be sold at the door and as usual they are priced at adults $5, students with ID $4, and kids 8 and under are free.

The Tigers will be entering this weekend’s match up with a previous 11-3 loss against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets last Sunday while Florida State will be coming off a 5-3 win against Embry-Riddle last Saturday. However this will not affect the Tiger’s stride and determination going into the weekend.

“Our first game was telling in how far we have come since last season and with some more hard work and determination, I know we can give our opponents a challenge on the ice this season.” says Tiger’s Coach Mike Robinson.

This will be the only match up against the Tigers and the Seminoles this season.

Links to facebook events here and here.



After a strong start, penalties hurt Tigers

The Auburn Tigers’ opened their second season this past Sunday against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Many eager fans gathered for an action-packed two and a half hours of southern hockey. The Tigers and the Yellow Jackets both came out strong in the first period. Georgia Tech struck first at 6:59 into the first with a powerplay goal by Warren Sheak and an assist by Matthew Zaske. The Tigers answered with a goal also on the powerplay by Seph Kestner with assists by Frank Elsbree and Trevor Hightower at 13:56 tying the game. The score would remain tied at one through the end of the first.

At the start of the second period it was clear neither team intended to back down and the physical play picked up.  Georgia Tech saw goals from Ryan Krusko, Zack Berry, Kenny McCrary, and Allan Degasse two of which were on the powerplay. In the last three minutes of the second the Tigers got a goal from Dion Moore with assists by Michael Withrow and Jeremy Fisher. The period ended with the Tigers down 5-2.

In the third period Georgia Tech extended their lead with goals by Nicki Gralli, Ryan Krusko, Matthew Zaske, Andy Cryan, and two goals by Kenny McCrary, completing his hat trick. The Tigers spent a majority of the third on the penalty kill, but picked up a late goal from Pete Leone with an assist by Anthony Generotti. Final score was 11-3.

Tigers’ goalie Elliott Chenger had 35 saves in the loss, while the Yellow Jackets’ Michael Klein had 21 saves.

Georgia Tech finished the game with 7 minor penalties. Auburn received 9.

The same two teams will meet again in Cumming, GA on Jan. 8th.



Auburn vs. Georgia Tech Home Opener

Auburn vs. GA Tech
The Auburn Tigers are opening the 2011-2012 season at home against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 25th.  Puck drop is set for 1 pm Eastern Time. This will be the first of many exciting match ups in the newly completed Columbus Ice Rink, which is the new home of the Tigers. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $5 for adults, $4 for students with IDs, and kids under 8 are free.

Auburn is not in unfamiliar territory facing Georgia Tech, as they played two games against them in their inaugural season last year, once at home and once in Atlanta. Both of which were thrilling games filled with high emotion and a few unfortunate injuries. This season’s match ups against the Yellow Jackets promise to deliver that same level of intensity.


Auburn and GA Tech benches“We are developing a rivalry with GA Tech. We will be playing them twice again this year and we plan to come out strong on Sunday to set the tone for the entire season,” says Coach Mike Robinson.


Georgia Tech will also be enjoying a new rink this season for their home games in Cumming, GA. The Tigers will travel there on January 8, for their second game against the Yellow Jackets.

Link to facebook event here.


Player Spotlight: Brandon Polk

The player spotlight is Brandon Polk (5’6”- 160). He was born April 14, 1986 and grew up in Lawrenceville, GA. Polk began playing hockey at age 7. He spent three years playing varsity hockey at the Kent school in Connecticut. He also spent a year playing for the University of Kentucky.

As one of the team’s seniors, Polk did not expect to ever be able to play again after transferring to Auburn his freshman year.

“It’s been great to finally play again,” said Polk. “Playing with hockey with the boys has been some of the best times throughout college years.”

Polk is a center for the Tigers. He has used his hockey background and skills to become one of the leaders for the team, both on and off the ice.

Off the ice, Polk also enjoys spending time with friends and traveling as much as he can, before he enters the real world after graduating in May.




Auburn selected to play in SEC Tournament

The SECHC is proud to announce the names of the eight teams participating in the SEC Hockey Conference’s Championship Playoffs for the 2010-11 hockey season.  The three-day tournament will take place at the beautiful 8, 200 seat Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, GA.  The tournament starts on Friday afternoon, February 25th, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

The eight teams participating this year will be, from the SECHC West Division: The University of Alabama, The University of Arkansas,Auburn University and Ole Miss. Joining them from the SECHC East Division will be: The University of Florida, The University of South Carolina, The University of Tennessee and The University of Georgia.

The actual first night match-ups will not be known until the final SECHC standings are posted on February 11th, 2011.  However, the tournament format has been finalized by the SECHC Board of Directors.

Day-1, February 25th, 2011

1:00 PM Game – East Division # 2 vs. West Division # 3

3:30 PM Game – West Division # 2 vs. East Division # 3

6:00 PM Game – East Division # 1 vs. West Division # 4

8:30 PM Game – West Division # 1 vs. East Division # 4

Each team will also be seeded by vote of the commissioner and participating coaches in order to determine the match-ups for Day-2 of the tournament.  The highest seed team (Lowest Number) Losing team from Day-1 will play the lowest seed (Highest Number) Losing team from Day-1 with the two remaining losing teams squaring off against each other.

Also, in the two semi-finals games on Day-2, Saturday, February 26th, 2011, the highest seed team (Lowest Number) Winning team from Day-1 will play the lowest seed team (Highest Number) Winning team from Day-1 with the two remaining Winning teams squaring off against each other.

Day-2, February 26th, 2011:

12:00/Noon (7th Place Game), 2:30 PM (5th Place Game),                                                 5:00 PM (Semi-Final Game), 8:00 PM (Semi-Final Game)

Day-3, February 27th, 2011:

The 3rd Place Game will take place at 1:00 PM

The Championship Game will take place at 4:00 PM.


Player Spotlight

This week’s feature player is Trevor Hightower (6’2”- 185). He was born February 12, 1992 and grew up in Birmingham, Ala. Hightower played junior hockey in Birmingham until age 12, when he began playing for the TPH Thunder AAA team. He then played on Team South for 5 years during the summer seasons.

As a freshman at Auburn University, Hightower thinks this team is a great opportunity for the school and for himself. “I think the team is a great thing for me right now, these guys are some of my best friends here at Auburn already,” Hightower says. ”I love playing here at Auburn because I grew up an Auburn fan and it’s awesome to be a part of the beginning of our program.”

As the Tigers starting right wing, Hightower has started the season with some impressive accomplishments. On top of scoring the first goal in the new team’s history, Hightower also earned himself a hat trick, by scoring three goals in one game against Vanderbilt.

Off the ice, Hightower enjoys golfing and being out on the lake. He also enjoys watching his favorite hockey teams, the Nashville Predators and Atlanta Thrashers, play.

Tigers Expecting Positive Results in This Weekend’s Iron Cup

After a long break since their win against Georgia, Auburn hockey will face off against arch rival Alabama this weekend in the annual Iron Cup series at the Pelham Civic Complex. The Tigers have added key players since last semester that should help with depth on the bench. A couple of key additions are goaltenders Matt Gray and Mitch Kestner. Both goalies had to tend to academic responsibilities last semester, keeping them off of the ice. Gray is returning for his second season. He is a proven goalie at this level and stood out in big games last season, including games against Alabama. This is Mitch Kestner’s first season between the pipes for Auburn. Kestner comes from a hockey family in Huntsville. Mitch’s older brother Seph was previously a captain for the Tigers, and his brother Josh is currently playing at the University of Alabama Huntsville. “We’re looking forward to big things from both goalies this season and beyond”, says Assistant Coach Mike Robinson.

Alabama come into this weekend ranked #2 in the ACHA DIII South Region. Though Auburn’s season started a little rough they have turned things around and are riding a 5 game winning streak.

This weekend’s events will get started at 8pm in Pelham. Saturday’s game will start at 7pm with a pre game ceremony including the national anthem being preformed by Jess Meuse from American Idol. Sunday’s puck drop is at 2pm.

If you can’t make it to Pelham, be sure to watch or listen online:

Small Numbers, Long Trip, and Injuries to Much for the Tigers

The Auburn Ice Hockey Team traveled to Springdale, AR this past weekend to take on ACHA Div III powerhouse Arkansas. Arkansas has 4 SECHC championships and is consistently qualifying for ACHA Div III nationals. Auburn is still a growing program, and is struggling with it’s number of players and a lack of a goaltender this season. Auburn traveled with a total of 11 players. To say that Auburn had a tough task ahead was an understatement. Though both teams voiced concerns to the SECHC commissioner, Auburn still made the trip to follow SECHC rules and guidelines.

It became apparent early that Auburn would struggle. Arkansas showed no restraint throughout the game. Going up 12-0 after the first period, then 22-0 after the second. The final ended up 29-0. Shots for Arkansas 65. Shots for Auburn…3.

During the first game, Auburn incurred a few injuries. With the limited numbers already, compounded by injuries, Auburn was forced to forfeit the second game due to lack of numbers to compete.

Since Auburn made the trip in an attempt to fulfill our conference obligation, the SECHC and the ACHA will not punish the team for the forfeit. Auburn is still working on getting competitive numbers on it’s roster this season as well as a regular goaltender. Injuries suffered in the first game against Georgia Tech do not help as well. Both Brandon Dively and two time leading scorer Sonny MacCurrach suffered concussions against Tech. Both have questionable return times.

Auburn Opens the Season in Search For a Goaltender

Auburn Ice Hockey opened their 2014-2015 campaign this past Saturday against Georgia Tech. There were questions leading up to the weekend of if the club would be able to fill an ACHA roster due to a lack of a goaltender. The team decided to go ahead and push through the ACHA schedule this season with the uncertainty of who would be in net. Without a goalie with previous experience on the roster, the team needed to select a forward or defensemen to fill the roll.

Wil Rodell, a forward and the club’s vice-president, volunteered to play in net against the Yellow Jackets. Wil had no previous experience playing in net before, but knew the team needed someone to fill the roll in order to play. Wil stepped in and played admirably, but was not able to fend off the attach of Georgia Tech. Though he started shaky early in the game, he started to get comfortable and gain more confidence as the game progressed.

Auburn was able to tally 2 goals against Tech. Auburn struck in the 2nd period as assistant captain Chris Hickley was able to score on a wrap around. Auburn later scored in the 3rd as freshmen Braden Pichel was able to find the back of net from an assist from Hickley.

Auburn would eventually fall 12-2. The team looked very good and skated with the Yellow Jackets. The Tigers are looking to improve in the net as Rodell get’s more experience in net, and as they continue to look for and recruit another goalie.

Auburn Invited To Play In The Civil War Showcase

The Auburn University Ice Hockey Club has accepted an invitation to participate in the Civil War Showcase. The showcase will take place in Huntsville, AL over the weekend of Oct. 4-6. Auburn’s schedule will be as follows:

Oct. 4 @ 9:30pm vs Grand Valley State
Oct. 5 @ 8:30pm vs Davenport
Oct. 6 @ 9:30am vs Michigan – Flint

We’re excited about the opportunity and the challenge.

Other teams involved in the showcase are Ole Miss and Alabama.

Game On!

Auburn’s game vs Georgia Tech that was suspended has been scheduled to continue this Friday, Sept. 27 at 10pm in Cumming, GA. The game on Sept. 15 was suspended due to unsafe ice conditions at the Columbus Ice Rink.

Both teams will face off again on Saturday Sept. 28 at 9pm, also in Cumming, GA.

Game vs Georgia Tech Suspended

Sunday’s game vs Georgia Tech was abruptly suspended with nearly 16 minutes left in the 2nd period due to unsafe ice conditions. A hole had developed in the ice that went down to the floor underneath. Both the officials and the rink staff determined that the ice was unsafe and the game was then suspended. Auburn and Georgia Tech are working together to find a time and location to complete this game. Both teams face off again on Sept. 28th in Cumming, GA.

Auburn falls to Ole Miss

Auburn Hockey took on #7 ranked Ole Miss this weekend at the Columbus Ice Rink.
Ole Miss opened the scoring Friday night with a goal 13 minutes into the first period. The Tigers answered with a goal from #10 Chris Hickley assisted by #14 Sonny MacCurrah and #21 Evan Barber. The Freshmen’s goal tied the game 1-1 with two minutes left in the first.

Auburn’s Sonny MacCurrah scored the only goal in the second period with an assist from #37 Jeremy Fisher, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead going into the third period.

Ole Miss took advantage of a power play to tie up the game 18 minutes into the third. The Rebels scored the game winning goal with six minutes left in the game, making the final score 3-2.

The Rebel offense dominated Saturday’s game, scoring two goals in the first, four goals in the second, and four goals in the third, for a grand total of 10 goals.

The lone Auburn goal came three minutes into the third from #44 Colby Stevens assisted by #3 Trevor Hightower and #6 Jake Redfearn. It was Stevens first goal of the season.

Auburn will host the University of Tennessee this weekend for the final home games of the season.
The puck drops at 8pm EST on Friday, Feb. 15th at the Columbus Ice Rink. Saturday’s game is at 3pm EST at the Columbus Civic Center.

Friday Feb.15th is USA Hockey’s “Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day.” The Tigers are encouraging all fans that participate to send in pictures sporting their favorite jerseys on Friday to auhockeyclub@gmail.com. We will post the pictures to our Facebook page and whichever photo gets the most likes by Friday, Feb. 22nd will win a free Auburn Hockey t-shirt.