BILOXI - Sixteen Ole Miss players recorded either a goal or assist in a 19-3 win over Mississippi State to claim the Shrimp Boil Trophy in college club hockey Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
The two teams will meet in January to decide the ice hockey version of the Egg Bowl.
The match concluded the Battle on the Beach college hockey showcase at the Coast Coliseum. Ole Miss, with a win over Middle Tennessee State Friday, also won the showcase trophy as top team.
Although the Rebels dominated throughout the match, putting the game away with eight goals over 10 minutes at the end of the first period and into the second period. Despite outshooting the Ice Dawgs 11-1, the Rebels only held a 1-0 lead on Eddie Murphy's goal 8:46 minutes into the match.
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James Rainey's power play goal, though, with 6:19 left to go in the first period let loose a torrent of Rebels goals. Dan Warnecke and Austin Adcock followed with two goals each with Tommy Diver and Connor Silk scoring single goals each as the Rebels opened a 9-0 lead four minutes into the second period.
Although the Ice Dawgs would find the net three times in the game, Mississippi State would finish with seven fewer shots on goals to the Rebels' made goals, 12 to 19. A dozen Rebels, equal to the number of Ice Dawgs shots on goal, scored in the match.
Biloxi native Sean Rogers, who had a goal and assist, said the Rebels came to the Coast because they were looking to play throughout Mississippi.
"We always jump at a chance to play within the state," he said.
Beating Mississippi State while playing along the Coast was just an added benefit, Rogers said.
"It's always good when Ole Miss can beat State in any sport," he said. "It always helps the school spirit."
Rainey, who was named the game's MVP for Ole Mess, set the pace for the Rebels with two goals and four assists. Adcock and Diver each recorded hat tricks, with three goals each and Adcock adding an assist. Warnecke and Joey Little scored two goals each, while Murphy, Rogers, Silk, Marcus Schnabel, Danny Bates, Mikall Johanesson, and Gavin Henry added one goal each.
While they didn't score, Sean Diver and Nick Curran recorded three assists each. Josh Brenc also had a pair of assists.
Mississippi State did not mount their first charge on the Ole Miss goal until Ben Grace made a move 6:30 minutes into the game, although he was not able to get a shot off. Biloxi's Scott Polley took the Ice Dawgs' first shot at goal 11 minutes into the first period.
Three players scored for Mississippi State, with Matt Benz finding the back of the net with 7:30 left in the second period. Benz would also score the Ice Dawgs' final goal eight minutes into the third period on a power-play goal. Bobby White scored between Benz' two goals.
Patrick Katz recorded assists on all three goals. Benz and Jayme Castillo also recorded assists. Castillo, who along with Heidi Meeks is one of two women on the Ice Dawgs, was named the MVP for Mississippi State.