The Tennessee Ice Vols faced a tough task this past weekend, playing four games over four days. Tennessee struggled from start to finish losing three out of four and tying in the other.
Tennessee started the weekend in Lexington, Kentucky, playing two games against Kentucky. In the first game, the Ice Vols fell 6-2. The Ice Vols saw improvement in the second game, and they were rewarded with a tie and a victory in the shootout, 3-2.
Coach Cole Burkhalter’s team returned to Knoxville for two games against Xavier, and Sunday night’s game was a thriller. Xavier opened the game with a quick Dan Farogouhi goal, and Connor Crory added another goal later in the period. In the final two minutes of the first period, Chris Weilandt scored to cut the Xavier lead in half.
Early in the second period, Gage Despins scored on the power play to tie the game. But, Farogouhi scored later in the period to give Xavier the lead back, and Jacob Green added a late second period goal to give the Musketeers a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.
Early in the third period, Clint Burkhalter scored to cut into Xavier’s lead, and Michael Roulier scored midway through through the period to tie the game again. Just a minute later, however, Farogouhi scored his hat trick goal to recapture the lead for Xavier. The pesky Ice Vols fought back again, though, as Kyle Lyle scored with under a minute remaining to send the game to overtime.
It was Xavier who took the game in overtime on Crory’s second goal of the game.
By Monday, the marathon weekend caught up to the Ice Vols, and Xavier’s speed and physical game was too much for Tennessee.
The Ice Vols had an early power play that produced their best offense of the game, but they could not capitalize. A Tennessee turnover in the defensive zone resulted in a Jack Doyle goal to give Xavier a 1-0 lead. The Musketeers never looked back, adding three more goals in the first period, three more in the second period and another in the third period. After the Ice Vols best offense since the early stages of the first period, Gram Northern broke through for the Ice Vols, and the final score was 8-1.
The Ice Vols finish their home schedule this Friday and Saturday against Clemson at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.