By: Reed Gossard
Birmingham, your hometown hockey team is just one win away from winning the season series against their vaunted in-state rival, the Auburn Tigers.
The first act of three for the season between the Blazers and the Tigers was a heavy, hard-fought game, but the boys in green kept their heads through a tough 2nd period and came out on top 5-3 on a gorgeous night for hockey in Columbus, Georgia.
Hornsby opened up the scoring for both teams with a close wrist-shot in the first few minutes of the game, but Auburn scored twice even though UAB controlled the puck for most of the period, and went into the locker room up 2-1 against the Blazers at the end of the first period.
Then, after a grueling second period that featured another solid penalty kill by the Blazers and some impressive saves from goalie Aaron Roe nearly came to an end, Phil Zbell netted the equalizer with five seconds to go before the buzzer.
Auburn scored nearly immediately to start the third, but then Hornsby scored his second goal to tie and Phil netted his second to go up 4-3 with eleven minutes left in the period. Cam Dickinson then scored a wacky, blooper real full ice goal on an Auburn empty net as the buzzer sounded to make it 5-3.
Hornsby, on the win: “It was a great team win. We really came together and played our first full 60 minute game of the hockey we know we can play. (I’m) Really happy with this win, especially with the rivalry factor of the game.”
The UAB Blazers will play next on October 5th, against the University of Georgia.
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