The Tennessee Ice Vols went 1-1 against the College of Charleston Cougars this weekend, winning 6-5 on Friday and losing 8-6 on Saturday, to move to 4-2 on the season.
In the first game of the weekend, Jake Fountaine scored the game-winner on the power play with 1:17 remaining in regulation. The goal came after the Cougars had scored twice less than two minutes apart to tie the game. It was the second instance of adversity the Ice Vols overcame Friday night. Tennessee gave up a power play goal after a failed clearance just 17 seconds into the game. Tennessee had to kill off a short 5-on-3 power play before Chris Weilandt tied the game on a 2-on-1 rush.
Ice Vols head coach Cole Burkhalter said that having the right attitude and strong effort was a significant part of their success, and it started last weekend in the third period against Georgia.
“We’ve got a no-quit attitude,” said Burkhalter. “We saw that we came out rusty last weekend in the Georgia game. (We’re) battling some injuries right now with the team, but we put a good strong third period in in that game, and we saw that whole effort here tonight, battling some penalty kill situations. We had a lot of time in the box tonight.”
An emerging star for Tennesse is Ben McParlan. The do-it-all Ice Vol was creating scoring chances and drawing penalties for much of the games this weekend. His efforts resulted in an assist on the game-winning goal Friday and two goals Saturday. Burkhalter noticed his hard work.
“(McParlan is) one of our strong guys,” said Burkhalter. “He’s been asked to do a lot. He was playing (defense) tonight. He’s usually one of our top centermen. He’s a guy that doesn’t complain when we put him anywhere. He’ll do whatever you ask.”
McParlan’s goals were not enough for the Ice Vols Saturday, as College of Charleston used four unanswered goals at the beginning of the game to defeat the Ice Vols 8-6. The Cougars withstood a furious Tennessee comeback attempt, but Ryan MacDonald scored the game-winner in the third period.
Connor Every-Andrews tallied four goals and an assist in the Cougars win.
The Ice Vols will be on the road at Radford University for another two-game weekend series.
Ice Vols’ locker room broken into: The Tennessee Ice Vols had their locker room broken into Friday, and the perpetrators stole more than $700, according to Ice Vols Director of Hockey Administration Dawn Liner.
“This was money that was given to the team for jersey orders. The team will now have to pay for those jerseys out of pocket,” Liner said in an email Sunday.
The theft took place while the Ice Vols were playing College of Charleston at the Icearium in Farragut, Tennessee, late Friday night.
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