Last weekend your Auburn Tigers traveled to Huntsville to play the University of Memphis Tigers. It was the first time the two young clubs have met. Memphis is in their second year as a club, something the Auburn Tigers can appreciate, playing in only their third season this year. The two Tigers teams would end up splitting the series, Auburn winning Friday’s game and Memphis winning Saturday’s game.
The weekend was a homecoming of sorts for many of the Auburn players who are Huntsville natives and the Ice Plex stands were full of their family and friends.
Auburn came out strong Friday night in front of freshman goaltender Tyler Givens who was playing in his first game for Auburn. Sonny MacCurrach opened the scoring for Auburn with a shorthanded goal early in the first. Yiannis Kapetanopoulos and Armin Gierow both also scored in the first giving Auburn a 3-0 lead.
Four minutes into the second, Sonny MacCurrach scored his second goal of the night to put Auburn up 4-0. The Tigers then got a goal from captain Trevor Hightower making it 5-0. Memphis finally got on the board with a powerplay goal and scored a second goal late in the second. In the final minutes of the second period, MacCurrach scored again, completing his hat trick and giving Auburn the 6-2 lead.
Neither team scored in the third period making the final score 6-2.
The Auburn Tigers did not fare as well in the rematch on Saturday. Memphis opened the scoring in the first with a powerplay goal giving them a 1-0 lead.
Auburn found themselves in the penalty box for much of the second period and were unable to generate any offense.
Penalties continued to hurt Auburn in the third as Memphis scored three more goals, two of which were on the powerplay. Auburn’s Amrin Gierow scored the only goal for the Tigers late in the third period. Memphis picked up their first win of the season with a final score of 4-1.
Auburn’s next games are November 2nd and 3rd when they will travel to Taylor, SC to face-off against the Clemson Tigers.