By: Haley Hodoval
Athens – Following UGA’s fourth straight win against the LSU Tigers Friday night, the Mississippi State Ice Dawgs made their way from Starkville, MS to the Classic City on Saturday to take on the streaking University of Georgia Ice Dawgs. Mississippi State was hoping to rebound after losing their SEC home opener 5-3 Friday night against Auburn. After a physical game, the UGA Ice Dawgs ultimately took home the win, moving their record to 4-1, with a final score victory of 11-4.
Mississippi State started the game off strong with a power play goal from Ben Grace, just under two minutes into the game after UGA’s Riley Carlson was called for tripping. With aggressive play exhibited by both teams, each side held their own until UGA’s Stephen Bray tied the game 1-1 with an impressive wrist shot assisted by David Bakin. MSU’s Zak Seger had an unsuccessful breakaway midway through the first period but was given a second chance after UGA’s Lucas Warner was called for hooking, allowing Seger a penalty shot. The ensuing penalty shot was blocked by UGA’s starting goaltender, Nick Carlotto, which brought the crowd into it and shifted momentum and the game toward the home Dawgs.
UGA’s Alex Carey put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 with a nifty goal from the slot with 8:45 remaining in the first period, assisted by defensemen Clayton Demirtas. It was all Georgia from that point forward as the home Dawgs followed up with three more goals in the first period from David Bakin, Stephen Bray, and Eric Mauge to end the first frame with a four-goal lead over visiting MSU.
Despite being down 5-1, MSU’s goaltender, junior Stephen Diaz, made some notable saves throughout the second period and was able to hold off UGA until 11:42 when Eric Mauge tallied the first goal of the period assisted by Michael Falkenstein. With 2:39 remaining in the second period, MSU’s Ben Grace went to the penalty box for a cross check only to be released with 49 seconds remaining after UGA’s Zach Flasch scored to make it 7-1. The second period wrapped up with UGA leading by six, leaving MSU scoreless in the second period.
Seven seconds into the third period, sophomore Alex Carey put up his second goal of the night against MSU. Mississippi State’s Bobby White followed up with a goal just over a minute later to make the score 8-2. UGA defenseman Austin Shin then made his way to the box for a tripping penalty at 12:35 in the third period. UGA senior Tyler Glassman, native of South Windsor, CT, scored a shorthanded goal with 11:56 remaining in the third. Senior Scott Polley and Atlanta native Matt Benz then scored a couple of back to back goals for MSU to cut the lead to 9-4. After more physical play from both teams, UGA’s Flasch and Carey completed the scoring for the home team to make the final score 11-4. The University of Georgia’s Alex Carey was named first star of the game after his exciting hat trick and two assists gave him five points on the night.
The University of Georgia Ice Dawgs put their four game win streak on the line against Florida State this Friday, October 10, at 7:30pm, at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. To purchase tickets, please visit www.classiccenter.com.