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.