The Ice Dogs might have been clipped by Kennesaw State in the overall score (3-2) in Friday’s skill challenge at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, but it was Georgia’s Peter Kacer’s record setting performance that stole the show.
In front of the majority of the 6,256 fans in attendance of the ECHL Gladiators vs. Greenville game, Kacer completed the one-lap speed course in 15.81 seconds, a new all time record for skill challenge participants in the eight year history of the arena.
Senior Matt McClure and Kacer both won their respective races against KSU players, but neither McClure, Kacer, nor freshman Cam Navis could find the net in the shootout competition, while two of the three KSU shooters scored despite outstretched efforts from Georgia’s Paul Connors in the nets. One final tally from KSU in the sudden death round proved to be the winner. “Speed always wins in games,” Kacer commented after the contest.
Considered a great PR event for the Ice Dogs, many barking Dawg fans could be heard in the stands as the Georgia players were introduced, and the Ice Dogs are hoping to see one or more of their games in Gwinnett Arena next season.