This season, Vanderbilt has played like the Nashville Predators have at their home rink as the Commodores swept the weekend against the Georgia Ice Dawgs to take their record to 12-1 at Ford Ice Center.
The first game of the doubleheader started off with not too many scoring chances and very disciplined play, but that would change as the game would progress. The second period would encompass a division rivalry style of play with the first four penalties of the game twenty seconds apart in the two-minute mark all for roughing, and it would put Vanderbilt with a two-man advantage. 5-on-3 hockey for Vanderbilt would give them the lead as John Longman would slap one from the right circle and past Nick Carlotto for the game’s first goal. 38 seconds and a hooking penalty on Vanderbilt later, Ryan Doppleheuer would follow through on a John Longman drive to the net and poke home the rebound to make it 2-o. Vanderbilt would add another goal on a John Longman in and out move on the Georgia defender and snap it past Carlotto that would give them a comfortable 3-0 lead.
That being said, towards the end of the 2nd period, Georgia was starting to create more scoring chances than they had all game long. The Ice Dawgs were able to roll off a goal as David Bakin, while laying down on the ice, would slide the puck under Ryan Kellenberger and in to cut the lead to two goals. With nine minutes to go in the third period, Vanderbilt and Georgia traded goals to make it a 4-2, but the sense of urgency from the Ice Dawgs showed as they were able to go on to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Towards the start of overtime, lots of close scoring chances by both teams would not be enough to end the game, thus a shootout was needed. No pucks were put past the respective goaltenders in the first three rounds sending this to sudden death. Zach Satin gave a silky move to put the puck past Carlotto and Kellenberger came up with a huge stop on the next shooter to give Vanderbilt the first victory of the series 5-4.
The next morning would awaken fans, players and coaches with a different kind of game. Instead of going without any penalties and going scoreless the first period, 11 penalties and three goals started the game. Shots from the first period in the first game was 6-2 in favor of the Commodores. Shots from the first period in the second game was 25-16.
The third period is when this game would start to become out of control. Going into the third period, Vanderbilt had a 3-1 lead over Georgia and with the events that had happened the day before, Georgia couldn’t be ruled out from coming back. That thought went down the drain as halfway through the the third period, a 3-1 lead become a 6-1 lead and keep getting worse as the period progressed. Vanderbilt players continued getting themselves in the dirty areas to score goals. Even with a late goal by the Ice Dawgs on the two man advantage in the last minute of the third, this game was all set and done. The Commodores took the 9-2 victory to complete the series sweep.
Vanderbilt’s next two games will be this Friday at 7:45 p.m. and Saturday at 3:45 p.m. as the Commodores will take on their state the Tennessee Ice Vols at the Ford Ice Center.