Tigers fall short in 3-2 overtime loss against Georgia Ice Dawgs


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COLUMBUS, Ga. - After a hard-fought battle filled with penalties and hard defensive action, the Auburn Tigers fell to the Georgia Ice Dawgs 3-2 in overtime on Friday.


The Tigers jumped out to an early lead in the first. Less than two minutes into the game, Michael Lafferty notched his second goal of the season on an unassisted shot from the point to make it 1-0. Team captain Blake Robison found his second tally of the year a few minutes later, off of a rebound from a Ryan Scott point shot, to push the Tigers to a 2-0 lead early.


In the second period, both teams spent plenty of time in the penalty box. The Ice Dawgs were able to notch two goals of their own, with the first coming off of a point shot from David Eberly and the second via a Trevor Gutman deflection.


In the third frame, both teams struggled to find offense, as passes were often limited to the boards. Only a few shots on goal were managed in the period, with play kept largely to the perimeter and constrained by the physicality of both sides. With a 2-2 tie after 60 minutes, the game headed to overtime.


In the ensuing 3-on-3 overtime period, Auburn couldn’t quite keep the puck out of their zone. After a few missed chances from Georgia, Josh Mesaros put the puck between Denk’s pads five-hole to claim a Georgia win. Auburn is now 3-1-2 on the season, and 2-0-2 in SECHC play.


QUICK HITS:

  • Auburn nearly doubled up the Ice Dawgs 27-15 in shots on goal. This marks the second SECHC overtime loss that the Tigers have been dealt despite outshooting their opponent

  • Michael Lafferty’s goal marked his fourth point in the past two games, the most among all Auburn players over that span

  • Blake Robison is now tied for the team lead in points, along with Henry Lange and Noah Henry.

COMING UP NEXT

Auburn’s next matchup will be in Macon, GA, as the Tigers travel to play Georgia Tech. The game will take place on Friday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Video and audio streaming details are to be determined.