By Lezlie Patterson
A dozen different Gamecocks scored, and 11 had assists, leading the University of South Carolina to two wins against the University of Tennessee in less than 10 hours.
In front of 130 fans who celebrated Halloween with the Gamecocks, USC defeated the Ice Vols 7-3 in a game that didn’t end until after midnight. At 9:45 Saturday morning, USC won 8-2.
On Friday, Carolina’s Eric Patterson scored first, an unassisted short-handed goal with 3:50 left in the first period that started a 3-0 run for USC. Mike Borst scored next, assisted by Julian DiPaolo and Alec Gerred, then Mike O’Donnell scored assisted by Jim Hatton and DiPaolo.
Tennessee’s Chris Weilandt scored assisted by Aaron Liner to pull within 3-1 with 10:17 left in the second period. DiPaolo, who finished with a goal and three assists, scored to give the Gamecocks a 4-1 lead going into the second intermission.
The Ice Vols scored first in the final period on a goal by Jacob Favory assisted by Alec Tucker. But USC senior Derek Maggs quickly erased that with a goal assisted by Kyle Ware and Adam Hepp. With 10:04 left to play, Gage Despins scored for Tennessee with an assist by Tucker, but USC finished with goals by Brett Topolski (assisted by Sterling Brown) and Borst (assisted by Ware and DiPaolo) to give USC a 7-3 win.
John Musciano was in goal for USC, and notched 13 saves. USC had 35 shots against Tennessee goalie David Ayers.
On Saturday, USC scored four answered goals in the first period, and added three more in the second before Tennessee scored with 2:57 remaining in the second en route to an 8-2 win.
Taylor Wolf led USC scoring with two goals, and six other Gamecocks notched goals. Sterling Brown had a goal and two assists and DiPaolo had three assists. Zach Roepke, assisted by DiPaolo, scored first, followed by Mike Foster (from Brown), Mike Genau (from DiPaolo and Kevin Cotrone), Wolf (from Foster and Patterson), Billy Kuriger (from Maggs and Roepke), Patterson (from Brown) and Brown (from DiPaolo). Tennessee’s Lucas Despins stopped the streak with a goal, assisted by Ben McParlan and Aaron Liner. Wolf scored his second goal giving USC an 8-1 lead after two periods.
The third period was run clock, and Lucas Despins scored the only goal, assisted by Michael Roulier. That period was marred by 12 penalties, including seven on one altercation.
USC goalie Danny Collins had 24 saves for USC. Tennessee used three goalies: David Ayers had 15 saves on 19 shots, Franklin Calderwood had 19 saves on 23 shots and James Maples had two saves on two shots.
Carolina, 7-7-1, hosts Central Florida next weekend. Tennessee, 6-5-1, goes on the road again, playing Life University and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga.