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.