SCAD Game Recap

Box Score

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Clemson 14, SCAD 5

The Tigers returned home to Clemson following the A&M game only to head out early (well, early in the eyes of college students) Saturday morning for bus ride to Savannah, GA and what has become an annual meeting with SELC DII power Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The Bees are the defending DII SELC Champions and have played the Tigers tough in the past, both inSavannahand in the fall at the SOCO tourney. 

With last year’s 3-2 game through 3 quarters in mind, the coaches pushed for the team to exert itself early on rather than wait for a 7 goal 4th quarter to put the issue to rest. Playing in a light misty rain, the Tigers answered the call roaring to a 6-0 lead at the end of 1, 10-0 at the half.  The offense was clicking in all its parts, yielding goals and creating quality opportunities on every possession. Defensively, Demetrius Murray and crew throttled the SCAD attack and middies, forcing turnovers or taking low percentage shots. Most of the evening, SCAD’s offense was of the one-and-done variety with the ball then heading upfield to an eager Tiger offense.

It was nice to see and hear the bench involved as well, and as the 2nd half unfolded and the starters were getting some rest, it was good to hear them being as vocal in support of the guys on the field as well. It is always good to return the favor.

The Tigers got the shut out up to 12-0 before SCAD broke through for a goal to bring the 3rd period to a close with the Tigers up 13 – 1. SCAD did get a little momentum going a little too late in the 4th and outscored Clemson 4-1 to tighten up the final score to 14-5. That score did not lessen the dominance displayed by the Tigers this night. For awhile there, it seemed like we could do what we wanted when we wanted to do it, despite the best efforts of the opposition. Everyone was on the same page and was selling it out for the team, right from the opening whistle. SCAD never had the chance to regroup and recover, more a matter of just hanging on. 

It will be crucial that the team bring that level of both intensity and execution to the field next weekend. Our parents will be in town and so will be our 2011 nemesis, the Florida State Seminoles, the only team to beat the Tigers last year. FSU will be a tough game as always but if the Tigers bring it like they brought it last Saturday, it very well could be a less than hospitable visit to Greenville, SC for the Seminoles. After FSU, WakeForestcomes to TigerTown on Sunday in a key SELC regional game. If the Tigers can beat WFU, we’ll be 3-0 in our region with “only” USC remaining, which would put us in a very strong position to advance to the postseason for the 3rd time in the past 4 years.

 Score by Quarter

Clemson                                                6              4              3              1              14

SCAD                                     0              0              1              4              5

 

Scoring:

Patch (5g,3a), Buechele (4g,1a), Kilbourne (1g,2a), Brennan (1g), Harris (1g), Thiede (1g), Conlon (1a), Haille (1a), Pontiakos (1), Stinchcomb (1)

 

Saves:

Murray:                 11 saves, 0 goals allowed

Speer:                     3 saves, 1 goal allowed

Upton:                   4 saves, 4 goals allowed

 

FaceOffs:

Pontiakos:             15 of 21

Maher:                   0 of 1

 

Notable:

- Defenseman Tom White is feared lost for the season due to a broken hand suffered on a late (and penalized) hit.

- Will Patch had team high 8 points on 5 goals and 3 assists.

- Demetrius Murray pitched a shut out against the Bees while posting 11 saves.

- Murray has posted 5 ½ quarters of shut out goal keeping thus far this season with the help of an improving but already stout defense.

- Tiger goalies Murray, Speer, and Upton overall posted a .750 save percentage vs. the Bees.

- Chris Buechele continues his torrid pace, notching 5 points on 4 goals and an assist. “Beeks” is tied for the lead in the MCLA with 19 goals and leads the Association with 32 points year to date.

- 12 of the Tigers’ 14 goals were assisted, indicative of strong team play. Patch led with 3 while Kilbourne dished out 2 while Conlon, Reddish, Haille, Pontiakos, and Stinchcomb added single helpers.

- Charlie Pontiakos continued his dominance at the “X”, winning 15 of 21 (.71%); Charlie has quickly evolved into one of the Tigers’ best weapons with nothing like possession to dictate the course of the game.

-  Will Thiede continues to contribute on the offensive end, scoring a goal to add to the deuce he put home against TAMU.

- Freshman attackman JP Brennan had another multi-point game, scoring twice against the Bees.

- The Tigers were assessed 5.0 minutes in penalties compared to 6.5 for SCAD. SCAD was served with 3 minutes in unnecessary roughness calls, one of which resulted in Tom White’s injury.

 

Season Thus Far, Notable:

- In 6 MCLA games the Tiger defense has yielded double figures in goals twice once (to BC and NCSU). Average goals against MCLA opponents to date is 6.67 gpg; In last two, average is 3.5 gpg.

- In 24 quarters to date, the Tiger D has held opponents to 1 goal per quarter 10 times and to ZERO goals in 6 periods.

- 3rd Quarter has been a challenge for both the Tiger D and O. Including scrimmages, the Tigers have surrendered an average 2.125 goals which is identical to the average goals the Tigers have scored in the 3rd period. The issue is against the stronger teams we’ve played (Limestone, High Point, Boston College); in those contests, we have allowed 14 goals while scoring 0. That’s a decisive difference.

- Tigers have outscored opponents 72 to 42, an average score of 12 – 6.

- Chris Buechele has posted points in each game.

- Charlie Pontiakos is on a record setting pace for face off wins and percentage. He’s fast approaching 100 wins with 93 under his belt to date out of 132 chances. This translates to a .7045 win %.

 

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