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:
http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=BAMAHOCKEY&s=hockey&p=custom&pagename=Broadcast

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.

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 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.

Auburn Hockey partners with Gameday for Heroes

The Tigers return to home ice this weekend as they take Ole Miss, Friday and Saturday night at 8pm EST.

Auburn is hosting their second annual Military Appreciation Night on Saturday. In collaboration with Gameday for Heroes, the Tigers are inviting anyone with a military ID to attend the game for free. The first 150 will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

The Tigers are donating all ticket sales from Saturday’s game to Gameday for Heroes. Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for adults, children under 8 and students with ID get in free.

Click here for more information about Gameday for Heroes.

Alabama Takes Iron Cup 2013

Aubie watches the game

 

This weekend Auburn and Alabama took the ice in the third annual Iron Cup. The match up brought out a large crowd to
the Pelham Civic Complex both Friday and Saturday night.
Friday’s crowd included a special guest from Auburn, as Aubie was on hand to cheer on the team and mingle with the many Auburn fans.

Friday’s game turned out to be Auburn’s best showing against
the much more experienced Frozen Tide to date. This marked improvement from year to year shows the young Auburn club’s growth as a team and organization.

 

 

Alabama came out strong scoring a quick goal to start off Friday night’s game. Auburn answered with a goal from #28 Dion Moore assisted by #21 Evan Barber at 10:42 in the first. After one period, the score was tied 1-1.

The Frozen Tide struck quickly again at the start of the second, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the period. Alabama would score again with nine minutes left in the second, making the
score 4-1.

#25 Armin Gierow takes a shot

Although Auburn was unable to find the back of the net in the second, they came out determined in the third and scored two goals within the first minute. Both goals were scored by Tigers’ captain #3 Trevor Hightower. This cut Alabama’s lead to 4-3. The Frozen Tide then answered with two goals making the score 6-3 with 7 minutes left in the game.

The Auburn Tigers weren’t ready to give up and got a goal from #13 Will Cancilla assisted by #14 Sonny MacCurrach and #21 Evan Barber at 16:05 putting the Tigers back within 2 goals. Auburn then pulled goalie Miles Bishop for an extra attacker. Alabama took advantage and scored an empty net goal. With only six seconds remaining in the game Auburn’s #6 Jake Redfearn scored a goal, assisted by #8 Sean Kemp and #13 Will Cancilla, making the final score 7-5.

 

#21 Evan Barber

Auburn didn’t fare as well in the rematch on Saturday.
The game started out in a similar fashion to Friday’s with Alabama picking up a quick goal and Auburn answering with a goal at the 10 minute mark. Only this time it was #21 Evan Barber who scored for the Tigers. Alabama would score another goal and the first period ended with the Frozen Tide up 2-1.

The second period was looking up for the Tigers when captain Trevor Hightower tied the game at 2 with his third goal in two games. With 14 minutes left in the second, Alabama scored and regained the lead 3-2. The Frozen Tide would add another goal before the end of the period, taking a 4-2 lead into intermission.

Despite scoring four goals in the third period of Friday’s game, Auburn was unable to find the back of the net on Saturday. Alabama added four goals in the third to defeat the Tigers 8-2.

 

With an attendance of 1,800 Friday and 3,500 on Saturday, Auburn would like to thank the many fans that came out to support the team this weekend.

 

Auburn will travel to Knoxville to face-off against the University of Tennessee on January 25th and 26th.

 

Tigers prepare for the Iron Cup

The Auburn Tigers are preparing to take the ice for the first time in the new year. Auburn will face-off against Alabama Friday, January 11 at 8pm and Saturday, January 12th at 7:30pm. Both games will be held at the Pelham Civic Complex.

It is the 3rd time the two rivals teams will do battle in the annual Iron Cup. Alabama has prevailed over the much younger Auburn club in the two previous years.

For many of the Auburn players, it will be their first chance to play against Alabama. The Tigers are hopeful that their young group will perform well against the more experienced Frozen Tide.

Auburn fans are encouraged to come out to Pelham and support the Tigers as they take the South’s greatest rivalry to the ice.