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Inside the SECHC: Ole Miss & Florida Previews

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
As part of our commitment to hockey in Tennessee and the 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.


NashvillePredators.com's SECHC coverage starts this week with season previews of the University of Mississippi and the University of Florida club hockey programs.


This Week's SECHC Schedule
Friday, Oct. 16 Mississippi @ Arkansas (7:00 pm, Jones Center for Families Springdale, AR)
Friday, Oct. 16 Emory @ Alabama (8:00pm, Phelham Civic Complex Pelham, AL)
Friday, Oct. 16 Mississippi State @ Georgia (9:00pm Duluth IceForum Duluth, GA)
Friday, Oct. 16 Louisiana @ UL- Lafayette (10:30 pm, Leo’s IceLand Baton Rouge, LA)
Friday, Oct. 16 North Carolina State @ Kentucky (12:00 am, Lexington Ice Center Lexington, KY)
Saturday, Oct. 17 North Carolina State @ Kentucky (12:00pm, Lexington Ice Center Lexington, KY)
Saturday, Oct. 17 LSU @ UL-Lafayette (3:00pm, Leo’s IceLand Baton Rouge, LA)
Saturday, Oct. 17 Ole Miss @ Arkansas (7:00pm, Jones Center for Families Springdale, AR)
Saturday, Oct. 17 Georgia @ Tennessee (10:30pm, Knoxville Coliseum Knoxville, TN)
Friday, Oct. 23 Mississippi State @ Ole Miss (5:00pm, Desoto Civic Center Southaven, MS)
Friday, Oct. 23 Georgia @ South Carolina (8:00pm, Columbia, SC)
Friday, Oct. 23 Kentucky @ Wright State (9:40pm, Ketter Rec. Center)
Friday, Oct. 23 Florida @ Tennessee (10:30pm, Knoxville Coliseum Knoxville, TN)
Friday, Oct. 23 Arkansas @ Robert Morris University (Springfield, IL)


University of Mississippi Ice Hockey Club 2009-2010 Season Preview
The Ole Miss Ice Hockey team is ready to begin its Inaugural season. The season opens up October 16 in Springdale, AR against Southeastern Hockey Conference (SECHC)
rival Arkansas. The Ice Rebels will go on to play fellow SECHC teams: Mississippi State, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. Out of conference games will include Louisiana Lafayette and Southern Methodist University.

The team has put together a squad of 18 players for its first season which is very respectable for a first year team. The Ice Rebels held training camp and preseason
practices out of Decatur, AL. During the season the Ice Rebels will call the Desoto Civic Center their home. The Ice Rebels are looking forward to a competitive first season and
look forward to attending the SECHC Championship February 19 - 21.
-courtesy of Ole Miss Ice Hockey Club


University of Florida Ice Hockey Club 2009-2010 Season Preview
For the University of Florida Gators Ice Hockey Team, it was just four years ago that the possibility of having a winning record was the best joke on campus. Now, the Gators are basking in the hot Florida summer sun, waiting for the start of what is easily the most anticipated season in the programs thirteen year history.

The Gators are led by a young and energetic head coach in Joel Pagett. A recent graduate and former player for Liberty University, Coach Pagett came to Florida last year and turned Florida Hockey around in just one season. His no nonsense approach and fierce competitiveness has provided a foundation for success and completely changed the culture of the program. At Coach Pagett’s side is assistant coach Dan Boutin. With over 30 years of hockey experience as a player, referee, and coach, Boutin brings a wealth of understanding and knowledge to the bench.

In the ACHA and newly formed SECHC, consistency is synonymous with success. Incredibly, all of Florida’s impact players from last season are returning with a vengeance after a bitter end to their 2009-10 campaign in the SECHC Tournament. The Gators have also welcomed several rookies to the team in an effort to upgrade an already solid squad.

The Gators are bringing in quite possibly the best recruiting class in the program’s history. It all starts up front where the recent additions have made this team dangerous offensively. Transfer students and high school teammates Cameron McGrath and Paul Kaplan are two dominant playmakers; their size alone is enough to make anyone take notice. The arrival of freshman defenseman Scott Schwartz gives Florida a potent power play attack. True freshman forwards Michael Dutka and Scott Schilson are sure bets to give opposing goaltenders nightmares for years to come. Freshman goaltender Jake Lewis will make a solid backup while he waits in the wings of senior starter Casey Ferris who looks to continue his dominance between the pipes.

Expect the super athletic Pavlinec brothers to continue to light the lamps. The pairing combined for a whopping 44 goals during the 2008-09 campaign despite facing a very tough schedule. Go small with Senior Matt Chais and Junior Nick Cortolillo as they join forces to create arguably the fastest line in the SEC.

But there’s more to the Gators than just speed and skill. They have the toughness and grit too. Senior defenseman Anthony Sconzo is well known throughout the league for his violent, game changing hits. Junior defenseman Shane Fitzpatrick and Senior forward Kevin Olsen can throw their weight around too, not to mention they’ve been known to drop the gloves with the best the of them. Jumbo-sized blue liner Matthew Stankowicz is always a threat with his long reach, heavy shot, and ability to take the puck coast to coast.

For the Florida Gators, the time is now. This renaissance has been a long time coming. Each of the past four seasons has been a big step forward and now stocked to the roof with talent, expect a breakout season for this Gator squad. The anticipation for the upcoming season is incredible, but be prepared for an equally incredible performance on the ice from Gator Hockey before the final horn sounds.
- courtesy of University of Flordia Ice Hockey Club

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