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Ice Dogs Finish Second at Savannah Hockey Classic

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As first announced on Dawg Sports by my partner-in-pucks, Captain Jack Sparrow, Georgia's Ice Dogs participated in the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic this past weekend. I'll yield to the Captain for color from the games: http://www.dawgsports.com/2014/1/16/5314736/anybody-going-to-be-in-savannah-this-weekend. He was there with phone in hand, updating all interested parties in how the games were coming along. Thank you, Captain, for your outstanding coverage and support of UGA hockey! This year's Georgia squad finished second to those loveable first-place Florida Gators, who made mincemeat of the Ice Dogs on Friday night. We might have finished second this season, but the Savannah Tire Classic has been very kind to Georgia since its initial hosting in 1999. The tournament is held each January. The Ice Dogs compete along with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, The Citadel and South Carolina Gamecocks. Georgia has won the tournament six times and has been the runner-up seven times in the tournament's sixteen-year history. Not too shabby. For all you southeast Georgians out there, I highly recommend you check out the tournament next January. Hockey is a fast-paced and interesting sport that was never given a fair shot in Atlanta, but has flourished in other "non-traditional" hockey markets like Nashville and Raleigh. For all you Athenians (and those lucky enough to be within driving distance of the Classic City), I encourage you to catch a game when the Ice Dogs make the move from Duluth to the Classic Center next season. If anyone ever has any questions about hockey, I'd be happy to answer them or even do a fanpost where I explain the rules of the game. I've been a big fan of "the coolest game on earth" ever since the early 90s, when some boys from New York moved to my folks' neighborhood and schooled me in the ways of this exotic, yet riveting, sport. Please join me in congratulating the Ice Dogs on a good showing in the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic. For a team currently dwelling in the cellar of the SEC East (which features only Florida, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Tennessee), this is exciting news. Here's to hoping the Ice Dogs build on that momentum and finish strong this season!

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