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Inside the SECHC: Vols Thankful For Kevin Jones

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 look at Tennessee Ice Vols star senior Kevin Jones.

Last Week’s SECHC Results:
November 20
Arkansas 8, LSU 1
Mississippi State 10, Mississippi 0
Alabama 3, Christopher Newport 2 (Tournament Hosted by North Carolina)
Georgia 6, Clemson 5
Florida 12, Florida State 2
Illinois 3, Kentucky 2
North Carolina 6, South Carolina 4 (Tournament Hosted by North Carolina)

November 21
Tennessee 5, Alabama 2 (Tournament Hosted by North Carolina)
Arkansas 12, LSU 4
Georgia 4, Georgia Tech 1
Illinois 9, Kentucky 4
Loyola College 6, South Carolina 3 (Tournament Hosted by North Carolina)
Christopher Newport 6, Tennessee 5 (OT) (Tournament Hosted by North Carolina)

November 22
South Florida 3, Georgia 0
North Carolina 4, Alabama 3 (SO) (Tournament Hosted by North Carolina)
Christopher Newport 7, South Carolina 3 (Tournament Hosted by North Carolina)
Loyola (MD) 3, Tennessee 2 (Tournament Finals - Hosted by North Carolina)

This Week’s SECHC Schedule:
Friday, Dec. 4 Appalachian State @ University of Georgia (9 pm, Duluth IceForum Duluth, GA)
Friday, Dec. 4 Ohio State @ University of Kentucky (12 am, Lexington Ice Center Lexington, KY)

SECHC Teams in the ACHA National Rankings:
D2: Kentucky - #2
D3: Tennessee - #4, Arkansas - #6, Alabama - #12, Georgia - #13

Senior Kevin Jones Now 2nd All-Time for UT Points
With five goals and three assists in Atlanta on October 13 and 14, Kevin Jones passed two Tennessee greats, moving into second place on Tennessee's all-time scoring list.

The active points leader for the Ice Vols entered the weekend with 209 points and fourth on the list. With an eight-point performance against Georgia and Georgia Tech, Jones (217 points) moved passed UT greats Jon Benner (213) and Preston Dixon (215).

On Saturday night, Tennessee was in a struggle that saw the rise of the Ice Vols' active points leader to a career night. Kevin Jones moved into second place on the all-time scoring list with 4 goals and 3 assists on a night that saw his line mates Robert Banks and Jack Bradshaw handed game misconducts.

Jones was the fire behind the offense that brought Tennessee from a four-goal deficit. Kevin set up freshman Robert Banks for the Vols first goal of the night in the second period.

Throughout the first 2 periods, Georgia Tech goalie Maxx Lucas frustrated Vols scorers, stopping 30 of 31 shots.

Down 5 to 1, Jones opened the 3rd period with an even strength goal at 18:49. Early in the third period, now down by 3 goals and facing a 9 minute penalty kill, (2 minutes of it 5-on-3) after the ejection of Tennessee's leading scorer Banks, the night really became the Kevin Jones show.

At 17:05, killing 5 on 3, Jones sent fellow senior Rob Goldsmith in on a breakaway to make the score 5-3.

With Jones on the bench, Tech responded with a power play goal to make it 6-3. 16 seconds later, still killing off the 9 minutes, Kevin answered the Tech goal with his second goal, a shorthanded bullet at 13:24.

Tech scored again on the long penalty kill at 12:51, making it 7-4.

Defenseman Rob Goldsmith scored his second goal of the period at 8:56, bringing Tennessee back to 7-5. Jones then set up Isreal Ceja's first of two goals. Less than 2 minutes later, Ceja struck again, tying the score at 7.

At 3:49, Jones took a pass from Goldsmith, muscled his way into the slot and beat Lucas between the pads to give Tennessee the lead, 8-7. To cap off his 4 goal, 3 assist night, Kevin scored the empty netter to seal the amazing comeback.

On top of all this, Kevin's 5 goal, 3 assist weekend moved him from the 4th to 2nd with 217 points, on the All-Time Scoring list in Tennessee's 44 year history.

Jones was also honored as's player of the week for his efforts on the weekend.
courtesy of University of Tennessee Ice Hockey club

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