The first game of the tournament for Vanderbilt had them going up against a Georgia Tech team, who coming into this tournament had been 3-0 against SECHC opponents on the season. In this game, freshman goaltender Jake Rubinstein would finally be able to make his first start in his college career. He would put up a really solid performance for the Commodores as he made 25 saves on 27 shots. In front of a crowd over 100 people, Vanderbilt would absolutely smash the competition as they would put up a tally of 13-2, which would consist of 2 hat-tricks being scored by Ryan “Superstar” Doppleheuer and Jack Gibbons.
The next day, Vanderbilt would go on to face a North Carolina team that had played one of the closest games of the tournament only losing to Florida by a score of 4-3, but this game wouldn’t be as close as the game UNC had played 13 hours ago. Vanderbilt, through two periods of play, had scored five unanswered goals, which included a power play goal by Ryan Doppelheuer and a shorthanded beauty of a goal by John Longman. It was from this point forward that Vanderbilt would not look back with the Commodores putting this game in the refrigerator by the final score of 6-2 Vanderbilt with Anthony Bilotta scoring the 3rd hat-trick of the tournament for Vanderbilt.
The closing out game of the College Hockey Scholar Shootout consisted of the Vanderbilt Commodores matching up with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, who got beat by a five-goal margin by Northwestern and a four-goal margin by Florida earlier in the tournament. The big news coming into the game was Anthony Bilotta would not suit up for Vanderbilt as he had experienced concussion-like symptoms and this gave forward Bobby Mallon a chance to play with the Longman-Doppleheuer scoring line. Coming into Sunday’s game, Bobby Mallon had four points in two games and with his promotion to the first line, he put up two goals and two assists as it helped Vanderbilt take control of the tournament as they blew out the Demon Deacons 9-2.
The stats this Vanderbilt team put in this tournament where absolutely ridiculous as the Commodores outscored their opponents 28-6. John Longman would come out with the Vanderbilt point lead in the Scholar Shootout with 11 points and right behind him was Doppleheuer with 10 points. The goaltending from Kellenberger to Rubinstein was solid throughout the tournament as they stopped 82 out of 88 shots with Kellenberger getting the bulk on saves with 57 saves on 61 shots.
Vanderbilt’s next home game will be this upcoming Friday as they will face-off against the Kennesaw State Owls at the Ford Ice Center at 7:45 P.M. After that game, the Commodores will take a week break from games until they head down to Alabama where they will go up against the Alabama Frozen Tide Oct. 24-25.
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