If you had witnessed the first two periods of this past Sunday’s game in Athens, GA, you would’ve thought that the boys hadn’t even taken a week off for Thanksgiving. They came out flying, looking to end uGA’s home winning streak.
Midway through the first period, the Jackets were able to do what they usually do (and what uGA is not used to) by getting the one goal lead to start the game off. Long Island native, Patrick Muller #28, slotted a one-timer in from the point into the top shelf of the net. Shortly thereafter though, the Dawgs were able to tie things up after a scrum in front of the Tech tender, Zach Cernich #31. The Jackets played a hard fought first, keeping the score to an usual low in Athens and frightened the Dawgs.
Coming out for the second period, the Jackets continued their hard work. Brandon Holt #10 was able to lurk behind the uGA net and pick up a loose puck for GT’s second goal of the game. Thinking back to the last time these two teams met, many were aware that this game might turn into a back-and-forth shootout. Still, the Jackets tried their best to halt a uGA onslaught, putting them in the sin bin a few too many times. One such occasion, gave the top goal scorer for the Dawgs a penalty shot which he converted on. 2-2 in the middle of the 2nd period. uGA continued scoring two more goals in sequence to put the Jackets down by two goals, but Captain Joey Schutz #5 definitely had something to say about that. Like Muller, Joey Schutz #5 was able to walk the blue line and get a low shot past the opposing keeper. The momentum was swinging back to the Tech side, until a questionable call after yet another mad scram in front of GT’s Cernich #31 gave the Dawgs a 5-3 lead entering the second intermission.
Just like had been happening the rest of the game, Tech found themselves having to kill a Kevin Polak #25 penalty to start the 3rd period. During that penalty and on many other occasions, the Dawgs broke the game apart, scoring a total of five goals in the period. The Jackets just could not keep pace, scoring just once when Karl Risley #12 was able to fly solo down the ice and easily get himself his seventh goal in just his sixth game. And that was all she wrote over in Athens. Tech dropped what was a close game 10-4.
After the game, the boys regrouped in the locker room and discussed preparations that needed to be made over break to prepare for the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic and several other big tilts in the Spring Semester. On a sad note, the boys said their farewells to the only departing Jacket, Justus Saldeen #23. Justus came to Atlanta as an exchange student from Lund University in Sweden and was able to rack up 3 goals and 1 assist in the 4 games he played with a GT on his chest. Thanks for your hard work, Justus! As for the rest of the team, finals are taking place in the coming days, before the rest and relaxation of Winter break takes place.
Please join us on Friday, January 12th at 6:00 PM for our third game against the Florida State Seminoles and Saturday, January 13th at 8:30 PM for yet another heated matchup against the uGA Bulldogs at The Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, Ga for the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic.