Georgia Tech wasted no time taking control of the opening game of the 2006 Memorial Health Hockey Classic.

The Yellow Jackets scored four times in the first quarter and rolled to a surprisingly easy 7-0 win over Florida State at the Savannah Civic Center.

"It says something when you jump on somebody quick like that, because it takes the wind out of their sails," said Georgia Tech (14-2) senior forward Mike Zaucha, who scored two goals. "And it sure is a lot of fun - it gets the ball rolling in our favor and makes the game easier."

Zaucha opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game. By the end of the period, Whitney Yiu, Tom Porter and Brendan O'Leary had helped post the Yellow Jackets to a 4-0 lead. The Seminoles stabilized their defense in the second period, holding Georgia Tech scoreless.

"We just gave up too many breakaways in the first, and left our goalie all alone a few times," said Florida State junior right wing Ross Kravetz, the team's captain. "Then in the third we got tired because of our short bench and gave up a couple more scores."

The Seminoles dress only 13 players, short of the normal 16, and Georgia Tech, which will play Georgia today, took advantage of that to score three more times in the final period.The game was an impressive start to the eighth edition of the tournament, which is the highlight of the season for the players, many of whom were hounded for autographs after the game.

"We love coming down here and playing because we get a lot of attention, and it just makes you feel good to see that," said senior forward Kyle Stage, who also scored two goals. "But the big game for us is (today). "Georgia Tech coach Greg Stathis wasn't fooled by the lopsided outcome, commenting that the Yellow Jackets will need a better performance tonight in order to win.  Florida State (3-7) has already beaten the Gators twice this season, and hopes to continue !


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