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Inside the SECHC: November 13 Update

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
As part of our commitment to hockey in Tennessee and the
Current Records
Team
W-L-OT
Alabama
5-2-0
Arkansas
12-4-0
Florida
2-4-0
Georgia
4-5-0
Kentucky (D2)
15-2-0
LSU
3-3-0
Mississippi
1-3-2
Mississippi State
1-4-0
South Carolina
4-5-0
Tennessee
5-4-1
Vanderbilt
3-1-0
mid-South Region, NashvillePredators.com will be hosting a weekly "Inside the SECHC" feature. Check back every Friday for the latest information and results from around the conference.


For more on the SECHC, check out the conference's website.

NashvillePredators.com's SECHC coverage continues this week with a look at the Ole Miss program and an indepth feature on South Carolina junior Patrick Mulligan.


Last Week’s SECHC Results:

November 6
Vanderbilt 8, Georgia 4
LSU 5, Mississippi 4 (OT)
Alabama 7, UL-Lafayette 1
Clemson 13, South Carolina 3
Indiana 7, Kentucky 5
Kennesaw State 8, Tennessee 2

November 7
Arkansas 4, Georgia 0
LSU 6, Mississippi 5 (SO)
Alabama 4, UL-Lafayette 1
Central Florida 5, Tennessee 1
Kentucky 5, Indiana 2

This Week's SECHC Schedule:
Saturday, Nov. 14 Florida State @ Alabama (7:00pm, Pelham Civic Complex Pelham, AL)
Saturday, Nov. 14 University of Florida @ University of South Carolina (8:15pm, ICEPlex Irmo Irmo, SC)
Saturday, Nov. 14 University of Tennessee @Georgia Tech (10:15pm, Town Center Ice Forum Kennesaw, GA)
Saturday, Nov. 14 Eastern Illinois @ University of Kentucky (12:00am, Lexington Ice Center Lexington, TN)
Friday, Nov. 20 Ole Miss @ Mississippi State (7:00pm, BancorpSouth Arena Tupelo, MS)
Friday, Nov. 20 University of South Carolina vs. University of North Carolina (7:00pm, Triangle Sportsplex Hillsbrough, NC – Sapikowski Tournament Hosted By the University of North Carolina)
Friday, Nov. 20 FSU @ University of Florida (7:30pm, Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex Jacksonville, FL)
Friday, Nov. 20 University of Tennessee vs. University of Alabama (9:00pm, Triangle Sportsplex Hillsbrough, NC - Sapikowski Tournament Hosted by the University of North Carolina)
Friday, Nov. 20 University of Kentucky @ University of Illinois (9:50pm, University of Illinois Ice Arena, Champaign, Ill)
Friday, Nov. 20 Clemson University @ University of Georgia (10:00pm, Duluth IceForum Duluth, GA)
Friday, Nov. 20 University of Arkansas @ LSU (10:30pm, Leo's Iceland Baton Rouge, LA)

The Rebels Go To Battle With Year One
Preds College Night Opportunities
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Upcoming College Nights:
November 19 vs. New Jersey Devils
December 10 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
The Greeks used the Trojan Horse to sneak in to the city of Troy to defeat the Trojans and centuries later some tactics of deception never change. It took the Greeks 10 years to prevail in the Trojan War, in current-day Oxford, MS the “Ice Rebels” of Ole Miss are trying to conquer the Division III South of the ACHA in only one. The Rebels are playing behind the veil of anonymity as a first year organization. For most first year teams it can be a difficult task to field a competitive team that can contend game in and game out while trying to build a solid foundation for the future. However, under the hard work and determination of team President and Captain Cody Johnson, as well as, Assistant Captain Colin Knight, and Head Coach Max Graupner, the Rebels have already caught the eye of their opponents as a team that is playing far and above the norm for a team that has only played six games in the organizations’ history.

The Rebels take the ice this season with only one native Mississippian (Vince Davis) which speaks volumes for the diversity of the Ole Miss student body. The state of Texas provides the Rebels with the most players (four) from one state (Jake Harvey, Tyler Harvey, Wilson Griffing, and William Hagerman). Other states that represent the Rebels roster are: Georgia (JJ Palumbo, Sean Eaton), Maryland (Sam Cripps, Jon Tietjan), Connecticut (Taylor Casey, Patrick Schnurr), Rhode Island (Colin Knight), Massachusetts (Remy Menard), Tennessee (John Oakes), Missouri (Cody Johnson), Alabama (Raynor Clifton), and Michigan (Eric Hudzinski). The Rebels garner their leadership from overseas with German Head Coach Max Graupner and Danish Assistant Coach Kristian Skou.

Because of the diversity of the roster it was expected that the Rebels might struggle early on in the season while trying to build chemistry amongst their linemates. This was apparent in the Rebels’ first weekend series against the veteran squad at the University of Arkansas. The Rebels’ offense experienced the growing pains with a tumultuous showing that left them scoreless through the weekend. Nonetheless, Coach Graupner was quick to shuffle the lines after the Arkansas weekend, which has ignited the Rebels offense for 18 goals in their previous four games. Leading the offensive surge is Cody Johnson, Colin Knight, William Hagerman, Raynor Clifton, and defenseman Taylor Casey. Backstopping the Rebels is Kennesaw State transfer Sean Eaton, who has been nothing short of spectacular for the Rebels in their last four games, putting up impressive performances that have kept the Rebels in each game.

The Ice Rebels continue to improve after each weekend, splitting a two-game series with Mississippi State that included a 5-1 thrashing of the Bulldogs, and picking up two points in their next series against LSU that saw each game's final result take place after regulation time. The Rebels finish off the Fall semester slate of games with two more against in-state rival Mississippi State in Tupelo on November 20th and 23rd. The Rebels look to continue building momentum in the Spring against teams such as: Louisiana-Lafayette, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, SMU, and Emory before heading to Pelham, AL for the SECHC tournament.

For more information about the Ice Rebels please visit their website at www.olemisshockey.com.
-Story submitted by The Universiry of Mississippi and William Hagerman



Gamecock Junior Defensemen Leads by Example
Anybody who follows the game of hockey can appreciate the intensity and speed on the ice; at times hockey is aptly described as a war on ice. For Gamecocks junior defenseman Patrick Mulligan, hockey is nothing more than a fast paced, physical game because he knows how it feels to fight a war.

As a sophomore at the University of South Carolina during the 2006-2007 season, Sergeant Mulligan received an order that he was heading to Afghanistan as a member of the South Carolina National Guard. He first reported to Mississippi for 3 months of intense training before making the trip to Afghanistan. For the next 12 months he was involved with 2 separate missions; first assisting in training of Afghani soldiers, then working to secure several villages.

“It was a good experience overall, but it was definitely a culture shock. The temperature got as high as 140 degrees, and one morning it was -17 and there was 3 feet of snow on the ground,” joked Mulligan.

Much like many members of the US military, Sgt. Mulligan shrugs off the significance of his involvement; “it helps me pay for school, and when my commitment is over I will be able to find a job.”

Thankfully Mulligan returned safely and transitioned seamlessly back into school prior to the 2008-2009 school year. He also continues to play a substantial part of the success of the Ice Hockey Club and his involvement with the SC National Guard has undoubtedly helped him earn the respect of teammates and the coaching staff.

“When he speaks, I listen!” jokes Coach Mark Cairns, “I am pretty sure I would not be able to fight in a war as Patrick has already, and I purposely put my face in front of pucks for close to 25 years! I would consider myself to be fearless, but being active in the military requires courage, strength and bravery”, added Cairns, a former goaltender.

Without question, Mulligan is one of the most committed members of the Gamecocks Hockey Club. On more than one occasion this season, Mulligan has battled on the ice with his teammates late into the night, only to wake early the next morning to travel for required Physical Training the next morning. It is this type of commitment that earned him the captaincy vote from his teammates prior to the start of the 2009-2010 season.

“Patrick has earned the right to be the captain of the team. I think his teammates made the right choice, and if the decision was left up to me, I would have done the same thing,” says Coach Cairns.

As a junior, Mulligan is aware that he only has one season remaining when the current school year finishes, but he is quick to point out that his military commitment also coincides with graduation. Regardless, it is assured that he will continue to battle until he is ordered to stop because Sergeant Patrick Mulligan is a true warrior, on and off the ice.
-Story sumbitted by The University of South Carolina


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