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Inside the SECHC: Georgia Preview

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

As part of our commitment to hockey in Tennessee and the mid-South Region, will be hosting a weekly "Inside the SECHC" feature. Check back every Friday for the latest information and results from around the conference.

Current Records
Kentucky (D2)
Mississippi State
South Carolina

For more on the SECHC, check out the conference's website.'s SECHC coverage continues this week with a season preview of the University of  Georgia club hockey program.

Last Week’s SECHC Results:
Friday, Oct. 30
South Carolina 1, Tennessee 8
Tulane 3, LSU 6
Kennesaw State 2, Kentucky 10
Alabama 4, Arkansas 10

Saturday, Oct. 31
Alabama 0, Arkansas 3
Kennesaw State 2, Kentucky 10
South Carolina 7, Tennessee11

This Week’s SECHC Schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 7 University of Georgia @ University of Arkansas (Jones Center for Families Springdale, AR)
Saturday, Nov. 7 LSU @ Ole Miss (7:00pm, Desoto Civic Center Southaven, MS)
Saturday, Nov. 7 UL-Lafayette @ University of Alabama (7:00pm, Pelham Civic Complex Pelham, AL)
Saturday, Nov. 7 Tennessee vs. Central Florida (10:00pm, Towne Center Ice Forum, Kennesaw GA)
Saturday, Nov. 7 Indiana University @ University of Kentucky (12:00am, Lexington Ice Center Lexington, KY)
Friday, Nov. 13 Florida State @ University of Alabama (8:00pm, Pelham
Civic Complex Pelham AL)
Friday, Nov. 13 University of Florida @ University of South Carolina (8:00pm, ICEPlex Irmo Irmo, SC)
Friday, Nov. 13 University of Tennessee @ University of Georgia (9:00pm, Duluth IceForum Duluth, GA)
Friday, Nov. 13 Eastern Illinois @ University of Kentucky (12:00am,
Lexington Ice Center Lexington KY)
Friday, Nov. 13 Vanderbilt University @ Louisville (12:00am, Alpine Ice Arena Louisville, KY)

University of Georgia Hockey Ice Hockey Club 2009-10 Season Preview
The UGA Ice Hockey Team, dubbed the "Ice Dogs” was established in 1987 by team founder Larry Hall and a group of students wanting to start a new tradition at Georgia. The Ice Dogs compete in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, and play under NCAA rules. Georgia faces-off against ten SEC opponents including Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU & South Carolina. Other southern rival opponents include Clemson, Florida State, and of course cross-state rival Georgia Tech.

Georgia Ice Hockey has made great strides in the last decade. As one of the perennial top ACHA DIII hockey programs, UGA hockey has participated in ACHA post season tournament play in 7 of the last 10 seasons, including a trip to the national championship game in 2004 in Phoenix, AZ. The Ice Dogs are five-time winners of the coveted Thrasher Cup tournament held in Savannah, GA, won three season conference titles, one conference championship (2004) and played in four conference championship games.

Although the Ice Dogs record was 12 -12 last year, Georgia finished the season in strong fashion making it to the first ever SEC hockey championship game. The team is looking to bounce back and reclaim their status as a premiere program in the ACHA and top team in the new Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC) again this year. The Ice Dogs will be led by senior captains’ Michael Gabelman, Lee Bosma, and Aaron Gottfried, are looking to fill the scoring void left by last year’s graduating seniors and so far have been up to the task. Adding to the mix on offense are juniors Michael “Tiger” Tighe and Matt McClure as well as Steve “Salty” Salvatierra. Complementing the offense and the leader of the defensive corps is senior Connor Kelly, who is accompanied on the blue line by returnees Matt Ritchie, Eric Patel and Dave Enichen. The Ice Dogs add many new young talents this season and are seeing great potential out of their many up and coming prospects. This includes the young and tenacious goaltending between the pipes split by freshman Vince Dicarlo and sophomore transfer Paul Connors.

Behind the bench for the Ice Dogs this year in his 11th season coaching the Ice Dogs is veteran coach John Hoos. His supporting cast, Steve Beneke and Mike Legros also bring a wealth of hockey knowledge to the program.

The Ice Dogs, looking to quickly place last season’s mediocre record behind them, are off to an impressive 3 -1 start and look to improve on their record as they take on the University of South Carolina this Friday Oct. 23rd in Columbia. Game time is set for 8pm at the IcePlex in Irmo, SC.

The Ice Dogs play their home games at the Atlanta Ice Forum in Duluth, home to the Atlanta Thrashers and Gwinnett Gladiators. Visit the Ice Dogs website at
-courtesy of the University of Georgia Ice Hockey Club

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