MAPCO Scholar Shootout Update: Day 1 in the Books, Trophy Announced

Day 1 of the MAPCO College Hockey Scholar Shootout wrapped up with plenty of fireworks and intrigue. Hosted by the Vanderbilt ice hockey club, the tournament features programs hailing from Universities that rank in the top-50 academically according to the 2014 U.S. News. & World Report.

Here’s your day 1 wrap-up:

  • Vanderbilt 13, Georgia Tech 2 (7:00pm CT)
  • Northwestern 9, Wake Forest 4 (9:15pm CT)
  • Florida 4, North Carolina 3 (9:30pm CT)

The Host Rolls

Powered once again by the team’s top line and power play units, Vanderbilt rolled over its long time out-of-conference rival Georgia Tech in the tournament’s opener. Sophomore Ryan Doppelheuer and junior Jack Gibbons both netted hat tricks while sophomore John Longman notched two and senior Anthony Bilotta scored one. All totaled, seven different players registered for Vanderbilt.

In his first start in net, Commodores freshman Jake Rubinstein stood tall making 25 saves on 27 shots for the win.

Jack Kisor and Joey Schutz accounted for the Georgia Tech goals.

Wildcats Pounce Early, Stave Off Late Demon Deacon Surge

In a penalty-filled game that saw both teams collectively net 18 penalties and Wake Forest receive two game misconducts, Northwestern jumped to a 6-1 second period lead and held on for the 9-4 win. Details to follow with this one. Unfortunately, the statistician’s scoresheet was too blurry to read.

Gators Come From Behind To Win Thriller

After falling behind 3-1 early in the second period, the Florida Gators stormed back with two second period goals of its own plus the game winning score midway through the third period to nip the North Carolina Tarheels 4-3. Ryan Geffin netted both the tying and go-ahead goals for Florida.

Alternate captain Matt Gellatly, AJ Hamel, and Akul Gupta scored for North Carolina in a close game that ended with a furious 6-on-4 blitz by the Tar Heels. They will have a quick turnaround as they take on the hosting Vanderbilt club today (Saturday, 10/4) at 1pm.

Introducing The College Hockey Scholar Shootout Trophy: “The Davey”

With the tournament’s focus on student-athletes excelling both on the ice and in the classroom, Vanderbilt’s tournament committee set about to commission a trophy worthy of the commitment of its participating programs. After much deliberation, the committee conceived and built what it believes is an artifact worthy of the event.

Today at the tournament, Vanderbilt will unveil the Keith Davis Scholar Shootout Memorial Trophy – otherwise known as “The Davey” - in honor of the Vanderbilt ice hockey club’s founder Keith Davis (Vanderbilt ’79) who passed away in 2011. A successful doctor and businessman following his graduation from Vanderbilt, Keith embodied the student-athlete ideal throughout his life and so it seemed only fitting to memorialize his contributions to the Vanderbilt and Nashville hockey communities with this trophy.

In terms of the trophy’s construction, the team wanted to make sure the artifact had the proper amount of staying power and gravitas so it looked north for inspiration … and materials.

Forged from a palette of birch wood left over from the original Northland hockey stick factory in Hastings, Minnesota, engineers from a lumber mill in Dickson, Tennessee, fashioned an unformed chunk of wood into a 5-foot, 30-pound, giant pencil. A not-so-subtle reference to the studious qualities of the tournament’s participants, the Davey should look great in on-ice celebration photos for years to come.

Saturday’s Schedule

Be sure to drop by the Ford Ice Center today for another slate of exciting college hockey action. Here is the schedule:

  • 1:00pm -VANDERBILT (Home) vs. NORTH CAROLINA (Away) – North Rink
  • 3:30pm – FLORIDA (Home) vs. WAKE FOREST (Away) – North Rink
  • 6:00pm – GEORGIA TECH (Home) vs. NORTHWESTERN (Away) – South Rink

Thanks so much for your support of this tournament and looking forward to seeing everyone back at the Ford Ice Center for a full slate of hockey action!

Vanderbilt Ice Hockey Team To Host Inaugural 2014 MAPCO College Hockey Scholar Shootout

Ice hockey tournament set for October 3rd through October 5th, 2014, at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee, will focus on academic excellence in addition to athletic performance

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 | 12:00PM  |  Vanderbilt Hockey Team

NASHVILLE, TN – Vanderbilt University’s ice hockey club will host the inaugural 2014 MAPCO College Hockey Scholar Shootout Friday, October 3rd, through Sunday, October 5th, 2014, the Vanderbilt Hockey program announced today. The tournament will feature Vanderbilt alongside hockey programs from five other universities: the University of Florida, Georgia Tech, the University of North Carolina, Northwestern, and Wake Forest.

“The excitement for this event is huge because you have some big name schools participating,” Vanderbilt sophomore and co-chair for the Scholar Shootout Andrew Dellapina said, “and especially because we’re putting such a special focus on the ‘student’ part of the student-athlete paradigm.”

The teams participating, club-level programs that participate in the American Collegiate Hockey Conference (ACHA), all hail from universities that rank in the top-50 academically according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 College Rankings.

“The hockey players participating are non-scholarship athletes who are truly students first,” Vanderbilt head coach Thomas Bernstein said, “but they also love hockey and take a lot of pride in playing for their schools. They’re super talented, competitive athletes who all want to win this tournament so it should make for a really entertaining experience for players, coaches, and especially fans.”

The Shootout will take place at the Ford Ice Center, a brand new facility built by the city of Nashville and managed by the Nashville Predators organization. The 86,000-square-foot facility, which houses two ice rinks, eight locker rooms, several multi-function rooms, concession stands, a pro-shop, a workout facility, a video room and space for restaurants, is set to open its doors later this month.

“The opening of Ford Ice Center is an exciting time for both the hockey and skating communities in Middle Tennessee,” Ford Ice Center General Manager Danny Butler said. “All of us at Ford Ice Center are proud to be home to the Vanderbilt Hockey Club this season and are looking forward to welcoming the visiting teams at the Scholar Shootout in October, an event that showcases great student-athletes and is another shining example of how hockey is growing in the south.”

The event will be free for fans courtesy of MAPCO, the title sponsor for the event.

Further details on the 2014 MAPCO College Hockey Scholar Shootout, including the schedule for games, will be released in the coming weeks via the @VandyIceHockey Twitter account and www.vanderbilthockey.com website.


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