SECHC GOTW: Tennessee at Georgia

September 26th, 2014 | by Stan Laws
SECHC GOTW: Tennessee at Georgia
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After last week’s games, the East appears to be the division to watch this season in the SECHC. Three of four teams, with division games under their belts, have two points. The only team without a division game, has a 2-0 record and a 15 goal differential.

UTatUGA

The Tennessee Ice Vols travel to Athens, GA to take on the Ice Dawgs at The Classic Center, following the UT/UGA football game. Puck drop for the SHSB SECHC Game of the Week is 7:30 pm ET.

Tale of the Tape:

The Ice Vols, coming off a successful weekend against Eastern Kentucky, are looking to keep their unbeaten streak alive. Tennessee scored 18 goals in two games against Eastern Kentucky. Right winger Jacob Favory leads the team with four goals.

The Ice Dawgs are off to a 0-1 start after taking a 6-2 loss to the Florida Gators at home last Sunday. Without last season’s SECHC leading goal scorer, Peter Kacer, Georgia is looking for other guys to step up and provide that offense. Juniors Stephen Bray and David Bakin provided the only goals during the Ice Dawgs’ opening game.

 

Key Factors for Tennessee:

Score by Committee: Although Favory leads the team with four goals, 12 other players have scored for the Ice Vols.

Penalty Kill: In their first game, Tennessee killed 14 minutes of penalties. They need to keep this up against the Ice Dawgs who failed to capitalize on eight power play opportunities against the Gators.

 

Key Factors for Georgia:

Home Ice Advantage: The Ice Dawgs have a beautiful new barn at The Classic Center. Georgia can pack that place and have over 2,000 fans cheering for the red and black.

Between the Pipes: Goaltender Kevin Smith will have to be on his A game against UT’s high-powered offense.

 

Prediction:

The Ice Vols trip home will be much more pleasant after the win and tallying two very valuable points in the SECHC East standings.

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