SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - For the four schools that annually make up the Savannah Hockey Classic field, their weekend in the Hostess City is always eagerly anticipated.
“This is absolutely a highlight of our year, probably even more so than some of the things that should be,” laughs Georgia sophomore goalie Emily Barber.
The Dawgs arrived in Savannah Thursday and took the ice at the Civic Center for their final practice before the puck drops Friday. The team can earn their third consecutive Thrasher Cup and add to the program’s championship legacy this weekend.
“I know for the seniors like myself, going on a three year tear to close it out would be pretty special," says Georgia senior forward Carter Penzien. "I’m hoping that we can get that done. But I think just getting another win, getting the new guys their first win, getting them to experience that would be awesome.”
Georgia enters the Savannah Hockey Classic with a 12-2 record. The Dawgs have won five straight games and outscored their opponents 57-16 over that stretch. The team knows they face tough competition this weekend, but they also know they are the favorites to win again.
“I think like any team, we aren’t focused on the trophy right away. It’s all about taking it one period, one shift at a time,” says sophomore defender Kyle Harris. “But I think we’re all pretty confident if we can do what we need to do pretty efficiently and avoid mistakes, I think that trophy is definitely within our reach.”
Georgia faces Florida Friday night to start their weekend. That game is set for 8:30. The Dawgs take on Georgia Tech in Saturday’s nightcap.
The Yellow Jackets help kick off the weekend by battling Florida State at 6:00 Friday night. The Seminoles and Gators will square off to begin Saturday’s action.