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Struggling Ice Vols chipped up by New Yorkers


A rough start to the 2003-04 University of Tennessee Ice Vols hockey season was amplified in a very painful manner Sunday in the Icearium.

Wagner College of Staten Island, N.Y., brought in a stellar 21-2 record as they continued a trek through the southeast. They left Farragut with a 19-4 blowout victory highlighted by a 10-goal third period.


Sunday’s defensive and goaltending meltdown leaves the Ice Vols with a disappointing 3-10 overall record, a huge drop-off from last season’s 21-8-4 final record that included a second consecutive trip to the ACHA National Tournament.

As for individual Ice Vol achievements, UT cut an early 2-0 Wagner lead in half with a goal from Halls High School product Dustin Muncey, assisted by Adam Bogren.

Following four unanswered goals by the New Yorkers, UT’s Levi Smithey cut the lead to 6-2 with 5:11 left in the first period.

Momentum appeared to be on the Ice Vols’ side less than a minute into the second period, as Dale Scherholz’s breakaway goal following a steal cut the deficit to 6-3.

Meanwhile, the second period goaltending of Josh Coy included a number of impressive saves.

But Wagner zoomed back ahead 9-3 by late in the period.

Scherholz’s second goal, with 39.2 seconds left in the second period, came after a shot rebounded off the Wagner goalie and was tapped into the net. Adam Cogburn was credited with an assist.

Farragut’s own Aaron Hartness (No. 24), a forward, was a regular contributor in the UT line rotations. Hartness and Munsey are two of five Knox Countians on the Ice Vols’ roster.

ICE VOLS’ SCHEDULE

Following road trips to Middle Tennessee State and North Carolina State, the Ice Vols return to the Icearium Jan. 30 and 31 for back-to-back games against Louisville.

Opening face-off on Friday, Jan. 30 is 7:30 p.m., with Saturday’s action on Jan. 31 starting at 7 p.m.

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