Coming off the bye week, the Yellow Jacket were laser focused on their next opponent, the Auburn Tigers. This week’s game was just a single match on Friday night so the boys were able to go 100% all night. Before the game started, however, GT Hockey hosted their annual Veteran’s Day ceremony with the the color guard and a short ceremony to honor Tyler Brown, a former Georgia Tech student who lost his life serving his country in battle several years ago.
After the ceremony concluded, it was time for hockey. And this first period featured something that GT Hockey hadn’t seen all season long: a scoreless period. The action was back and forth, but both tendy’s stood tall, including Georgia Tech’s own Zach Cernich #31.
In the second period, though, things got off to a different start and a start that wasn’t beneficial for the Jackets. Auburn was able to gain a quick one goal lead just five minutes into the opening frame. That goal was nullified by a reciprocated tally from goal scoring extraordinaire, Mike Brzozowski #17 off assists from Joey Schutz #5 and Kevin Polak #25. The first period ended with yet another trading off of goals. GT was able to answer the Tigers second go-ahead goal with one of our own from Joey Schutz #5 with an assist from fellow defenseman, Cael Cernich #21. This theme of back and forth hockey was a theme of the night.
In the third period, Auburn was able to pull ahead yet again, only to be answered by an unassisted goal from Nick Markwordt #15. And again, with just ten minutes left in the game, the Tigers pulled ahead 4-3. And as you expected, this game was not over. Just 23 seconds later, Michael Markwordt #3 and Kevin Polak #25 combined together to assist Mike Brzozowski #17 on his second goal of the night. The game held at this score of 4-4 for the remainder of the period, sending the short-distanced foes to an extra frame…overtime hockey.
In the OT period, though, the Tigers were able to quickly find the back of the net and send themselves back to Auburn, Alabama with a win under their belts. This was yet another close loss for the Jackets as all three of this seasons losses have come by just one goal differentials. Currently, the Jackets sit at 6-3-1, ranked #8 in the South Region of ACHA DIII with just 2 more ACHA season games left in the Fall semester (game against UAB will not count).
We wanted to thank everyone who came out this past weekend to not only support the boys on the ice, but to support Tyler Brown’s family and his foundation.
Please join us on Friday, November 17th at 9:15 PM for Game 2 against the Auburn Tigers and Saturday, November 18th at 1:30 PM for our first ever game against UAB at The Columbus Ice Rink in Columbus, Ga.