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Georgia Tech Hockey Rebounds against UGA
From Staff Reports

The University of Georgia hockey team hosted Georgia Tech in a rematch of the previous weekend’s Memorial Health Classic game, won by UGA 1-0 in Savannah GA. The Ice Forum in Duluth GA was the venue Saturday, Jan 20, as Tech hoped to avenge that lose and take the season’s series with a win.

The raucous crowd, decidedly pro-Tech and supplemented by members of the GT Pep Band, packed the arena stands.The band had been asked by rink management, at the bequest of the Georgia team, to leave their brass, wind, and percussion instruments outside the ice arena. UGA reasoned such a display of school spirit might in some way be too disruptive for a non-varsity hockey game.

This bit of gamesmanship backfired as the band members paid their admission fee and, sans instruments, proceeded to lend vocal support to the team’s on-ice efforts.

Georgia Tech freshman Nick Amore (87) found the back of the net five minutes into the game, on a rebound off a shot from defenseman Pat Kelley. (Photo courtesy Jim Doeden)

That effort yielded two first period goals for Tech, as all three line combinations came out hitting, forcing Georgia turnovers. Rookie Nick Amore tallied five minutes into the game, on a rebound off a shot from defenseman Pat Kelley. Center Brian O’Conner made it 2-0 later in the period on a close-in shot. A minute into the second period, Amore scored again, off the faceoff, courtesy of a cleanly won draw by O’Conner. Second-semester pickup Arne Krogh’s goal from the blueline at 6:06 took the ‘Jackets into the locker room with a dominating 4-1 lead after two periods.
  The Georgia team came out in the third with the energy born from desperation as they fought hard to sustain a consistent attack. But it was Tech’s rookie defenseman Austin Kaase who scored the back-breaker at 12:12 to extend the lead to 5-1. Mike Williams of UGA quickly countered with a goal, but that was negated by senior Christian Gattung’s backhand stuff. Kaase scored a second time to put the game out of reach, and two late Bulldog goals were not enough to dampen the spirit of the Tech fans and players.
The 7-4 victory gave GT the series edge two games to one for the season. The No. 4 ranked Georgia Tech hockey team travels to Richmond VA for the 4th Annual Rumble in Richmond tournament, Jan 26 – 28. South Region rivals No. 2 Loyola (MD), No.5 Richmond, and No.7 Central Florida will meet Tech in an action-packed weekend that will help decide the final National rankings.

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