By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
Ole Miss head coach Kristian Skou enjoys playing games in the BancorpSouth Arena.
Apparently, his team does as well.
Continuing a hot streak, the Rebels broke open a close game with six goals in the second period on their way to an 8-1 victory over rival Mississippi State in front of an estimated 1,400 fans.
The Rebels and Bulldogs will conclude their two game series tonight at 7 p.m. in Tupelo.
“It’s fun for everybody, for the home team, for the away team. It pumps everybody up,” Skou said. “I love playing here and tomorrow should be even better.”
It was the first game for Ole Miss inside South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference play, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-5 in the conference, 1-6 overall.
Ole Miss continued their recent trend of higher-than-average scores for a hockey game. In the Rebels current four-game winning streak, they’ve scored eight or more goals in three games and for the season are averaging six goals per contest.
Cody Fullinwider and Angelo Rosena are two big reasons for the large goal counts. Fullinwider knocked in his team high ninth goal of the season with 15:40 to play in the second to put Ole Miss up 3-0.
Rosena had a big night for the Rebels (8-2), scoring two goals and adding an assist on Lane Aldredge’s third-period goal that put Ole Miss up 8-0.
Sean Burger joined Rosena in scoring two goals, both coming within a minute and a half of each other in the second. Ole Miss recorded 57 shots on goal compared to Mississippi State’s 21.
“We saw we had the advantage speed-wise, so we felt like that was something we wanted to exploit,” said Skou. “We also had a deeper bench and that’s something we tried to used to our advantage.”
Ole Miss goalie Alex Kohl defended the Bulldogs’ first 20 shots successfully before Josh Miller broke the shutout attempt with 2:59 to play.