In back-to-back games, the Tennessee Ice Vols returned to their winning ways in convincing fashion with 10-1 and 9-1 victories over the Johnson & Wales Wildcats this weekend.
The Wildcats only had 11 players, 10 skaters and one goaltender, travel to Knoxville for the games, which left them significantly shorthanded.
For the Ice Vols, Friday marked their first win since Oct. 24 at Florida and their first home game since Oct. 4.
Ice Vols head coach Cole Burkhalter said, “It’s nice to be back home and nice to get that burden off your back for sure.”
Other than tired Johnson & Wales players, the theme of the weekend was the hat trick.
Friday night, Jacob Favory recorded a hat trick after scoring twice in the first period and once in the second period. Saturday, Aaron Liner scored three goals in the first period, and Scott Carter scored a goal in each period to earn their respective hat tricks.
For the Wildcats, Casey Klaric scored both goals over the weekend, both a result of heavy slap shots.
Saturday’s game was the Ice Vols’ Military Appreciation Game. All military personnel received free admission and were honored in a postgame ceremony, along with family members of passed military members. Among those honored were players from each team– David Ayers of Tennessee, and Jordan Hollins of Johnson & Wales. The Ice Vols also donned American themed uniforms in appreciation to current and former military members.
The Ice Vols host Memphis next Friday and Saturday at the Civic Coliseum.