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College hockey coming to the Coast with 'Battle on the Beach'

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 Forward Greg McCauley races down the ice while running drills during training camp for the Mississippi Surge on Wednesday, October 14 2009.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Forward Greg McCauley races down the ice while running drills during training camp for the Mississippi Surge on Wednesday, October 14 2009. SUN HERALD

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College hockey will hit South Mississippi next month in the form of "Battle on the Beach." The Nov. 13-14 showcase at the Coast Coliseum will feature Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tulane and Middle Tennessee State vying for the Budweiser Battle on the Beach Trophy. Additionally, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will be facing off for Magnolia State bragging rights and the Shrimp Boil Trophy.

The showcase will be a military appreciation weekend, with a portion of the proceeds from the event going to USO Gulf Coast and Wounded Warriors of Mississippi. Military members and veterans will receive $5 off the regular ticket price.

Tickets go on sale this week and are $30 per day. Seniors, children under 12 and military members and veterans get in for $25 per day. Former Sea Wolves and Surge season ticket holders are $40 for the weekend, with their old seats reserved for them.

"We believe doing an event like this should be about the community and should also be a way for us to say 'Thank You' to the loyal hockey fans in South Mississippi who have continued to love the game for almost 20 years," South Mississippi Hockey President Andy Makal said in a release. "In our market, or any market really, every night should be Military Appreciation Night, but the timing of this event allows us an opportunity to give back a little to those whom we owe so much."

Tickets will be available at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Box Office and online at the Coast Coliseum website.

Public skating at the Coast Coliseum begins Nov. 6 and runs through Jan. 10. South Mississippi Youth Hockey programs begin Nov. 7. Anyone interested in participating should contact South Mississippi Hockey at 236-4625 or visit www.southmsyouthhockey.org

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