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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
With 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.
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.
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.