Cougars, Dogs put rivalry on ice

The College of Charleston and The Citadel will take their cross-town rivalry to the ice Saturday night.

The Cougars (1-1) and Bulldogs (1-1) will face each other at the Carolina Ice Palace beginning at 7 p.m.

A year ago, the Bulldogs defeated the Cougars, 5-3.

“This has turned into a pretty good rivalry,” said College of Charleston coach Joe Snecinski. “We’ve played some pretty good games over the past couple of years. They’ve been very competitive games, and I don’t see why this game won’t be close as well.”

The Cougars opened their season last weekend beating Duke, 6-1, and losing to North Carolina, 6-2. The Bulldogs faced the same two games, beating the Blue Devils, 4-3, in overtime and losing to the Tar Heels, 5-2.

“I was really impressed with our work ethic. The kids skated hard every shift,” said Citadel coach Ed Courtenay, a former South Carolina Stingrays winger.

“Obviously, I’m new to the rivalry, but I know our kids are fired up about the game. I’m eager to see this thing first hand.”

The Cougars are led by senior forward Gabe French, who scored 19 goals and had 16 assists, a year ago. French has a goal and an assist in two games this season.

“I wish I had about 10 more Gabe French’s on our roster,” Snecinski said. “Gabe is a very skilled player and he’s got a very heavy shot.”

Steve Perdigao had two goals and two assists last weekend for the Cougars.

The Bulldogs are led by senior Kyle Donnelly, who had three goals in two games last weekend.

“Kyle is our best player,” Courtenay said. “It’s obvious that he played a high level as a kid. He’s the full package. He can skate, he’s good with the puck and he’s physical. He’s a solid player.