Georgia finished in third place at the SECHC Championship Tournament this past weekend at the Ford Ice Center in Bellevue, Tennessee. The Ice Dawgs defeated Georgia Tech on Friday night 4-1 and moved on to face Arkansas on Saturday where the fell in a tough fought game 2-1. Georgia faced Auburn for the second time in a week and edged the Tigers 5-4 to earn third place in the tournament.
Freshman Goalie Owen Spreadbury started in goal both Friday and Saturday night totaling 51 saves on 54 shots through the weekend. Juniors Brady Mulligan and Emily Barber split time in goal on Sunday against Auburn.
Seven Ice Dawgs saw their pucks in the net this past weekend. Forward Chris Keresztes led the momentum against Georgia Tech with a hat trick and a powerplay goal from Seth Johnston emphasized the 4-1 win against in-state rival Georgia Tech. Keresztes was the lone goal scorer for the Dawgs against Arkansas. The forward scored on a powerplay with the assist of Sophomore Jackson Katz and Senior Jack Ryan.
Auburn scored first in the consolation match Sunday morning, but the Bulldogs took a 5-1 lead after the second period. Junior Zack Bochenek initiated the Ice Dawg scoring spree to tie the game 1-1. Junior Jacob Salaski scored on a powerplay to increase the lead to one before the end of the first period. Ryan scored early in the second to give Georgia a 3-1 advantage followed by a goal from Freshman Matthew Bigda. Sophomore Nate Michaelson scored his first goal of the season to round out Georgia’s five goals.
The Tigers scored three more goals in the third period, but the Bulldogs held them off to win third place in the tournament.
The Ice Dawgs finished out 14-9-0 in SEC play and 15-11-2 overall. Georgia wants to thank it’s four seniors for their time and service with the team. The four include; Austin Krusko, Chris Keresztes, Aaron Phillips and Jack Ryan.