MTSU’s scoring onslaught of 2015 continued Thursday as they outworked Vandy’s B Squad team by a score of 9-3. Joe Dobrin and Ryan Horvath picked up hat-tricks.
MTSU started the game right off the hop on the right note scoring the game’s first goal with Horvath sniping an unassisted goal past Bo Korpman. Just a minute and ten seconds later, a candidate for weirdest goal of the year happened. Ian Farquhar shot the puck from the blue line and forward Tristan McKinnon tried to glove it down. The puck went through his glove and took a weird redirection that went over Jaylen Mitchell and into the back of the net.
The Blue Raiders wouldn’t let the crazy goal deter them. In what turned out to be the game-defining moment, MTSU answered Vandy’s game tying score and scored two goals of their own in just 19 seconds. Ryan Horvath received a beautiful pass and scored to extend MTSU’s lead to three with just 1:35 left in the first.
MTSU started the second period with a 4-1 lead and would not look back as they kept adding to their already humongous lead. On a slapshot that missed the net wide and taking a big rebound off the backboards, forward Joe Dobrin received the rebound and deposited in the wide open net to record his second hat trick of the season. With less than two minutes left in the game, Ryan Horvath would receive a beautiful setup from forward Ryan Grimes and put it past Korpman to record his first hat trick with MTSU this season. The final horn rained down and MTSU earned the victory to put their record at 5-3 on the season.
“I think it was the best game we’ve had all season long,” said MTSU captain Riley Mackenzie.
The Blue Raiders have scored 26 goals in the first 4 games of the semester. Mackenzie said that the key success to this offensive onslaught was getting guys to go hard to the net to pick up goals in the dirty areas. At the moment, Mackenzie said he doesn’t expect any changes to the lineup going into the next game.
MTSU’S next game will be this Thursday as they take on Vanderbilt’s B Squad team at 8:45 p.m. and this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. when they face Sewanee for the first time of the semester at the Ford Ice Center.