By: Reed Gossard
A night after Jakob Hornsby claimed UAB’s first hat trick of the season, two other Blazers decided to get in on the fun in rollicking fashion.
Cam Dickinson and Phil Zbell proved to be too much for Tennessee as the Blazers took the weekend series with a dominant 10-0 win. Dickinson scored five goals, Zbell added four and both tallied two assists, respectively.
Their chemistry was evident from the first puck drop , and both players acknowledged that the team as a whole was quickly melding into a well-oiled machine.
Dickinson, on how the team played: “The three lines we are running are really working well together and you could see the first line step up the night before (when UAB won 8-3), when the second (line) was getting chances and couldn’t put the puck in the back of the net, and the narrative was the opposite tonight. The lines are really clicking and teams should watch out for all three of them as they prepare for us.”
On the other end of the ice, goalie Aaron Roe was a brick wall as he threw up a doughnut on the scoreboard, holding the Volunteers scoreless until two minutes left in the third, when he was pulled to give the back up some valuable ice time.
After a pedestrian first period, with the Blazers up 1-0 on the Volunteers, the team kicked it into high gear and tallied six goals in a statement second act, propelled by Dickinson and Zbell scoring two goals within a minute to make it 3-0.
Feeding off of a stellar three man penalty kill, the floodgates opened and the buzzer sounded to end the period with UAB up 7-0.
Adil Patel scored one goal on a routine deflection play in the front of the net midway through the third. Matt Zbell, Dillon Gasparek and Jakob Hornsby chipped in assists in the 10-0 win.
Phil Zbell on the sweep and the atmosphere surrounding the team as they look forward to next weekend: “The chemistry just clicked. There was a positive energy on the bench for both games and the boys really became a team this weekend.”
The Blazers will travel into Georgia next weekend to face Georgia Tech and Lynn University. Game recaps will be posted on the team’s website, http://uabhockeyclub.com, and on the team’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.