The University of Georgia opened the decade recording two wins against Alabama and Florida
through the weekend. On Thursday night, the Ice Dawgs defeated Alabama 6-1. They faced the
Crimson Tide again on Friday night in Akins Ford Arena, falling 4-7. Georgia responded with a
4-3 win over Florida on Saturday and improved to 11-7-1 on the season.
Emily Barber and Brady Mulligan were in goal for the Ice Dawgs through the weekend and six
separate Georgia players scored.
Georgia took its time to find its footing against Alabama on Thursday only taking a 1-0 lead into
the second period. Within 15 minutes in the second period the Ice Dawgs tallied four more goals
led by senior forward Jack Ryan and senior forward Caleb Santa Maria with two goals each.
Capitalizing on the momentum Junior forward Zack Bochenek scored the sixth and final goal of
the night for the Ice Dawgs finalizing a 6-1 win.
In Georgia’s second game against Alabama, the Ice Dawgs trailed by one following the first
period. Alabama scored two more goals in the second, but Santa Maria brought the offense to life
with three goals to deadlock the score 3-3. Ryan scored for Georgia with three minutes to go in
the third period, but the Crimson Tide ultimately scored four more to win the game 4-7.
The Ice Dawgs came out ready to win on Saturday scoring early and taking a 1-0 lead heading in
to the first intermission thanks to sophomore forward Jackson Katz. Three more Ice Dawgs
joined in on the back-and-forth battle with Florida. The Gators tied the game at the beginning of
the second, but goals from sophomore forward Jacob Salaski and sophomore defender Cameron
Campbell extended the lead to 3-1. Ryan scored the fourth goal of the night, his third of the
weekend. Florida had a late-game rally, but the Ice Dawgs ultimately triumphed 4-3.
“We have to keep this momentum,” Santa Maria said. “[We] have to start off strong again like
we did today. If we do that, then we’ll come away with a win.”
Georgia is 3-0 this season against Florida and will look for a fourth win over the Gators next
weekend in Savannah. Georgia will compete in the Savannah Hockey Classic against both
Florida and Georgia Tech.