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14 Sep 2016

BUFFS PICKED TO FINISH FIRST IN WCHL PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 14, 2016 – The University of Colorado has been selected by the Western Collegiate Hockey League coaches as the preseason favorite to win the WCHL in 2016-2017.

In this season’s WCHL Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Colorado received 58 of 64 possible points and was selected by five WCHL head coaches to finish in first place.  The University of Central Oklahoma finished a close second to CU in the WCHL balloting, only one point behind the Buffs at 57.  UCO also received three first place votes.

The University of Oklahoma finished third in the poll with 41 points while The University of Arizona was slotted in the fourth position with 32 points.  Arizona State University returns to the WCHL after a one-year hiatus and finished fifth in the poll with 30 points.

Missouri State University is right behind ASU in the sixth spot with 29 points.  The University of Arkansas finished seventh in the poll with 24 points.  Colorado State University rounded out the poll at number eight with 17 points.

 

Rank, Team                               Points

1. COLORADO (5)                       58

2. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA (3)         57

3. OKLAHOMA                            41

4. ARIZONA                               32

5. ARIZONA STATE                      30

6. MISSOURI STATE                    29

7. ARKANSAS                              24

8. COLORADO STATE                  17

(First Place votes in parentheses)

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20 Feb 2016

With the WCHL Regular Season concluded and ACHA D1 Nationals coming up in a few weeks, the WCHL is pleased to announce the end of season awards for the 2015-2016 season.

The WCHL coaches were asked to submit nominations for each of the post-season awards.  For the WCHL All-League Team (First Team and Second Team) and All-Rookie Team, the coaches were permitted to vote for their own players; however, coaches were permitted to vote only one of their own players for First Team consideration, only one of their players for Second Team consideration and only one of their players for All-Rookie Team consideration.

Without further ado, the WCHL 2015-2016 Season Awards are:

 

WCHL ALL-LEAGUE FIRST TEAM

F-MATT ANDERS, University of Colorado

F-ANDREW KOVACICH, Missouri State University

F-JORDAN GREENBERG, University of Oklahoma*

D-MASON MILLER, University of Oklahoma

D-BOBBY BROWN, Missouri State University

G-COLIN CHAMPINE, University of Colorado

 

WCHL ALL-LEAGUE SECOND TEAM

F-JOSH WYATT, University of Central Oklahoma

F-JAKE BAUER, University of Colorado

F-DONALD DANROTH, University of Central Oklahoma

D-ALEX TEMBY, University of Colorado

D-MICO SOLORZANO, University of Oklahoma

G-AUSTIN WILSON, University of Arizona

 

WCHL COACH OF THE YEAR – CRAIG McALISTER, University of Central Oklahoma^

 

WCHL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – MATT ANDERS, University of Colorado

 

WCHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

F-LUKE CARTER, University of Colorado

F-MIKE BEHM, University of Oklahoma

F-MARSHALL GEVERS, Missouri State University

D-TYLER LAZAREK, University of Oklahoma

D-BRIEN CASERIA, Colorado State University

G-ALEX HENRY, University of Central Oklahoma

 

WCHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – MARSHALL GEVERS, Missouri State University

 

WCHL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – JORDAN GREENBERG, University of Oklahoma

 

(*denotes 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 WCHL All-League Second Team member)

(^denotes 2014-2015 WCHL Coach of the Year)

25 Jan 2016

With the season coming down to the last few weeks of play, what better time to issue the first installment of this season’s WCHL Wraparound?  Better late than never, right?  Anyway, we hope to make up for the lack of posting with a Wraparound so full of news and info that your head will spin! Let’s get started, shall we?

LEAGUE OF CHAMPIONS – Before we get too deep into what’s going on this season, allow us to gloat for a brief second.  The WCHL is the home of the past two ACHA D1 National Champions:  Arizona State in 2013-2014 and Central Oklahoma in 2014-2015.  We catch a lot of grief for being the “new kid on the block” in the ACHA, for our non-traditional league composition and format, for not having a league playoff and for not being “battle-tested” as a result.  So we’re awfully proud of the fact that, despite these perceived shortcomings, two different WCHL teams are the defending ACHA D1 Nationals Champions.

LEAGUE STANDINGS –In case you were sleeping, the WCHL lost one team from last season when Arizona State moved from ACHA D1 to NCAA D1.  However, the WCHL also added two teams this season in the University of Arkansas and Missouri State University.  So we have an odd number of teams in the WCHL this year and timing was also an issue which resulted in every WCHL team playing a different number of league games this season.  All that to say that we’re determining the WCHL Regular Season Champion based on the winning percentage in league games instead of the usual points earned system from the past two years.  Make sense?  Good.  So, with that understanding, here are the current WCHL standings:

 

Central Oklahoma’s magic number to clinch the 2015-2016 WCHL Regular Season Championship is four.  Any combination of league points earned by UCO and league points lost by Colorado that adds up to four (or more) would mean that the Bronchos would secure the highest percentage of possible league points earned during the season and the WCHL Champions Cup!

RANKINGS – All seven WCHL teams have been ranked in the ACHA D1 Top 25 computer ranking at some point during the 2015-2016 season.  Central Oklahoma and Colorado have been in the Top 10 all season long while Oklahoma and Arizona have been in the 10-15 range and Arkansas, Missouri State and Colorado State have been anywhere from 18 to 25 throughout the season.  Not bad for a little conference out West where nobody is supposed to know how to play hockey, huh?  Here’s the latest ACHA D1 ranking with three more to go before the field for Nationals is determined:

 

2015-2016 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #14

Rank

School Name

Record

Previous

1

Lindenwood

16-7-0

3

2

Stony Brook

22-2-0

2

3

Minot State

22-2-2

1

4

Davenport

22-2-1

6

5

Central Oklahoma

18-6-1

4

6

Adrian

17-3-2

5

7

Ohio

23-4-1

7

8

Colorado

18-5-2

8

9

Iowa State

20-5-5

9

10

Lebanon Valley

18-4-0

10

11

Michigan-Dearborn

15-3-2

13

12

Robert Morris (IL)

17-7-3

12

13

Oklahoma

14-7-3

11

14

Liberty

9-13-1

16

15

Delaware

14-9-2

14

16

Western Michigan

17-8-2

15

17

Illinois

13-10-3

18

18

Arizona

6-10-3

17

19

Niagara

18-6-1

19

20

Rochester College

12-10-1

22

21

Arkansas

14-11-2

NR

22

Buffalo

19-6-2

20

23

Indiana Tech

15-11-2

23

24

Missouri State

13-17-0

NR

25

Colorado State

7-17-4

25

NATIONALS – The computer ranking will also for the third time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2016 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships, which will include the following seven autobids:

 

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League
  • (HOST) ROBERT MORRIS ILLINOIS

The 2016 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 3-8 for the 4th time by Robert Morris University Illinois at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL. This will be the fifth year of the 20-team format.

With three weekends of play before the final bids go out for Nationals, here is a look at how the Nationals field stands using the current computer ranking.  Based on Ranking #14, the D1 Autobids would be:

CHMA - #30 Mercyhurst

ECHA - #33 Navy

ESCHL - #2 Stony Brook

GLCHL - #4 Davenport

NECHL - #19 Niagara

WCHL - #5 Central Oklahoma

HOST- #12 Robert Morris Illinois (CLINCHED)

 As a result, 2 teams would be bumped out of the tournament bracket:

 #18 - Arizona

#20 - Rochester College

 Here would be the matchups as of Ranking #14:

 #1 Lindenwood vs (Winner of #16 Western Michigan vs #17 Illinois)

#2 Stony Brook  vs (Winner of #15 Delaware vs #18 Niagara)

#3 Minot State vs (Winner of #14 Liberty vs #19 Mercyhurst)

#4 Davenport vs (Winner of #13 Oklahoma vs #20 Navy)

#5 Central Oklahoma vs #12 Robert Morris Illinois

#6 Adrian vs #11 Michigan-Dearborn

#7 Ohio vs #10 Lebanon Valley

#8 Colorado vs #9 Iowa State

ACHA NEWS – While our focus has been on the ice, there has also been a lot of action off the ice within the ACHA.  For ACHA D1, next season will see at least three new teams at the ACHA D1 level.  The University of Jamestown (ND) and another University (TBA) have been accepted into ACHA D1 for 2016-2017 play.  Arizona State University will return to ACHA D1 play after a one-year hiatus and will rejoin the WCHL as the travel partner with the University of Arizona.

With ASU back in the picture, the WCHL will return to eight teams, each team will play 22 league games (three games each against interstate opponents/non-travel partners and four games against intrastate opponents/travel partners), and we’ll go back to using points earned (not win percentage) to determine the WCHL Champion.

Within the hierarchy of the ACHA leadership, there is a new Executive Director, new Commissioners at the ACHA D2 and ACHA D3 levels and some other new faces in leadership positions.  Should make for some interesting discussion at the Annual Meetings in Naples at the end of April.

WCHL ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND THE WEB– What’s the best way to get up-to-date, almost instantaneous info about the WCHL?  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WesternCHL .  We update game results nightly, standings, game previews, viewing links, news from around the ACHA, all on our WCHL twitter feed.  You’re missing out if you’re not following us.

We’re also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WesternCHL and most of the info from the Twitter feed finds its way to the Facebook page, but no guarantees, ok?  Of course, we’d love for you to also bookmark our snazzy WCHL website at www.westernchl.com since it has a slew of league information as well.

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12 Sep 2015

BRONCHOS PICKED TO FINISH FIRST IN

WCHL PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 12, 2015 – The defending ACHA D1 National Champion, the University of Central Oklahoma, has been selected by the Western Collegiate Hockey League coaches as the preseason favorite to win the WCHL in 2015-2016.

The Bronchos enter the 2015-2016 season ranked #1 according to the ACHA D1 Preseason Coaches’ Ranking released a few days ago.  In this season’s WCHL Preseason Coaches’ Poll, UCO received 47 of 49 possible points and was selected by five WCHL head coaches to finish in first place.  The University of Colorado, coming off its first ACHA D1 post-season appearance last year, finished second in the WCHL balloting and received one first place vote.

The University of Oklahoma finished third in the poll with 33 points.  Colorado State University was close behind in fourth place and received a first place vote.  The University of Arizona finished fifth in the poll with 21 points.  Missouri State University, playing its first season in ACHA D1 and the WCHL, came in at the sixth spot.  The University of Arkansas, another newcomer this season to ACHA D1 and the WCHL, finished seventh in the poll.

 

Rank, Team                                Points

1. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA (5)          47

2. COLORADO (1)                        40

3. OKLAHOMA                             33

4. COLORADO STATE (1)               28

5. ARIZONA                                21

6. MISSOURI STATE                     16

7. ARKANSAS                              11

(First Place votes in parentheses)

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22 Apr 2015

COLORADO CALLS ON BALLARD

Boulder, CO - After an extensive search and much deliberation, the University of Colorado is pleased to announce that Eric Ballard will be the head ice hockey coach for the 2015-2016 season. Eric coached the University of Colorado during their first Division I campaign during the 2013-2014 year.    

“I am excited to get back to the University of Colorado and help build on what the previous coaching staff has done to make the Buffaloes a top 20 team in the ACHA,” Ballard said. “It will be a great season of hockey and I am thankful for the opportunity for the University of Colorado has given me.”  

Ballard takes over the Buffaloes after a successful season with their first ever appearance in the national tournament and finishing 16th in the country. 

Ballard is familiar with the Buffaloes and is excited to build on the work that he started two years ago. During his first season as head coach, he worked to help make a name for the University in just their first year in Division I. Ballard will be coming in with a completely new team to work with and to help guide them to a long run in the National Tournament for years to come. 

For more information regarding Colorado Buffaloes hockey, visit cubuffshockey.org

Contact 

Bryan Hostetler 

Assistant Director, Intramurals and Club Sports 

Recreation Services | University of Colorado Boulder 

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18 Feb 2015

With the WCHL Regular Season concluded and ACHA D1 Nationals a few weeks away, the WCHL is pleased to announce the end of season awards for the 2014-2015 season.

The WCHL coaches were asked to submit nominations for each of the post-season awards.  For the WCHL All-League Team (First Team and Second Team) and All-Rookie Team, the coaches were permitted to vote for their own players; however, coaches were permitted to vote only one of their own players for First Team consideration, only one of their players for Second Team consideration and only one of their players for All-Rookie Team consideration.

Without further ado, the WCHL 2014-2015 Season Awards are:

 

WCHL ALL-LEAGUE FIRST TEAM

F-LIAM NORRIS, Arizona State University

F-BRYCE JOHNSON, University of Oklahoma*

F-SEAN MURPHY, Arizona State University

D-DREW NEWMEYER, Arizona State University

D-CONNOR SCHMIDT, Arizona State University

G-ROBERT LEVIN, Arizona State University*

 

WCHL ALL-LEAGUE SECOND TEAM

F-JORDAN GREENBERG, University of Oklahoma^

F-BRANDON FORMOSA, University of Central Oklahoma

F-RYAN BELONGER, Arizona State University

D-MATT PRIGGE, University of Central Oklahoma^

D-CORY RAMSEY, University of Oklahoma*

G-COLIN FERNANDES, University of Oklahoma

 

(*denotes 2013-2014 WCHL All-League First Team member)

(^denotes 2013-2014 WCHL All-League Second Team member)

 

WCHL COACH OF THE YEAR – CRAIG McALISTER, University of Central Oklahoma

 

WCHL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – LIAM NORRIS, Arizona State University

 

WCHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

F-THOMAS JARMAN, University of Colorado

F-BRANDON FORMOSA, University of Central Oklahoma

F-JAKE BAUER, University of Colorado

D-ED McGOVERN, Arizona State University

D-GIANNI MANGONE, Arizona State University

G-AUSTIN WILSON, University of Arizona

 

WCHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – BRANDON FORMOSA, University of Central Oklahoma

 

WCHL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – JORDAN GREENBERG, University of Oklahoma

12 Jan 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (January 12, 2015) - The Western Collegiate Hockey League (“WCHL”) announces that the Missouri State University (Springfield, MO) Ice Bears and the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR) Razorbacks have been admitted as members of the WCHL beginning with the 2015-2016 season.

Missouri State currently has two teams that play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (“ACHA”), one at the Division 2 level and another at the Division 3 level.  Arkansas presently plays in the ACHA’s Division 3.  Missouri State’s D2 program and Arkansas’ program recently applied and were granted admission to play at the ACHA Division 1 level, starting with the 2015-2016 season.  Missouri State and Arkansas have each expressed their intent to field teams at both the ACHA D1 and D3 levels next season.

After successfully gaining admission to ACHA D1, Missouri State and Arkansas applied for admission to the WCHL.  During the WCHL’s Winter Meeting on January 3, 2015, the applications of Missouri State and Arkansas were unanimously approved by the WCHL membership.

The WCHL is currently in its second season of play and is comprised of six charter member schools:  the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), the University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK), the University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) and the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK).  Five WCHL teams are presently ranked in the ACHA D1 Top 25:  No. 1 Arizona State, No. 2 Central Oklahoma, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 20 Arizona and No. 22 Colorado with Colorado State lurking just outside the Top 25.

Arizona State University is the current ACHA D1 National Champion and the inaugural WCHL Champion.  On November 18, 2014, ASU announced that it was elevating its ACHA D1 program to NCAA D1 status in 2015-2016, which would have left the WCHL with five member schools for next season.  However, with the addition of Missouri State and Arkansas, the WCHL will now compete in 2015-2016 as a seven-team league.  WCHL teams will play an unbalanced league schedule next season, with each team having between 14 and 22 league games.

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05 Jan 2015

 

The Fall 2014 semester is in the books and the student-athletes are returning from the holiday break in preparation for the Spring 2015 semester.  With each WCHL team having played half of their league games and about eight more weeks of games left before Nationals, we figured we should kick out another installment of the WCHL Wraparound!

LEAGUE STANDINGS –Every WCHL team has played eight league games so far this season, with eight more league games to go before the WCHL regular season concludes.  The WCHL uses a 3-2-1-0 point system, meaning a win in regulation is worth 3 points, two points are earned for an overtime/shootout win, one point for an overtime/shootout loss and a loss in regulation results in zero points.  After eight games, each team could have possibly earned 24 points had they won every game in regulation.  With that understanding, here are the current WCHL standings:

T1 – Central Oklahoma (19 pts, 6 regulation wins, 1 overtime loss, 1 regulation loss)

T1 – Arizona State (19 points, 5 regulation wins, 2 overtime/SO wins, 1 regulation loss)

3 – Oklahoma (13 pts, 3 regulation wins, 1 overtime/SO win, 2 regulations losses, 2 overtime/SO losses)

4 – Colorado State (8 pts, 2 regulation wins, 1 overtime/SO win, 5 regulation losses)

5 – Arizona (7 pts, 1 regulation win, 1 overtime/SO win, 4 regulation losses, 2 overtime/SO losses)

6 – Colorado (6 pts, 1 regulation win, 1 overtime/SO win, 5 regulation losses, 1 overtime/SO loss)

TEAMS RESULTS – Here’s a brief rundown as to how each WCHL team has done in the Fall 2014 semester.

            The University of Arizona (9-10-3 overall, 2-4-2 WCHL) has had a good start to the season under new Head Coach Chad Berman, with impressive road wins at Oklahoma, at Liberty and at Rutgers.  However, the Wildcats have had trouble holding serve at home, losing to Colorado State, Colorado, Liberty, Minot State and arch-rival Arizona State.  Dylan Carter leads the Wildcats in scoring with 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 total points.  Following Carter in scoring on the ice for the Wildcats are Robert Wilkinson (9-4-13), Alex Nespor (8-5-13), Shane Gleason (4-9-13) and Will Pointon (2-11-13).  Sophomore goaltender Garrett Patrick has been the main man in net for UofA with a 7-8 record, a goals against average of 3.41 and a .901 save percentage.  UofA is right on the cusp of the Nationals berth at the semester break.  The Wildcats will have plenty of chances to make a move in the rankings with big games against Central Oklahoma, Stony Brook, Arizona State and Oklahoma in the Spring semester.

            Arizona State University (22-2-0 overall, 7-1-0 WCHL) are continuing their dominating roll as they look to defend their ACHA D1 National Championship.  The Sun Devils have been Number One for most of the season but for a month-long stretch after losing to UCO which slipped ASU to the No. 2 spot.  Nationals MVP Robert Levin returns in net for ASU and has a 19-2 record, 1.85 goals against average, and a .932 save percentage.  ASU is led in scoring by Liam Norris (10-23-33), Ryan Belonger (14-15-29), Sean Murphy (10-19-29), Eric Rivard (14-11-25) and Tommy Cooney (11-14-25).  The Sun Devils recently announced they will be moving to the NCAA D1 ranks next season.  Nothing would be sweeter for the Sun Devils to repeat as National Champions in their last season of ACHA D1 play.

            The University of Central Oklahoma (20-2-1 overall, 6-0-2 WCHL) has been on fire since the season started, racking up wins against Lindenwood, Arizona State, Iowa State, Minot State, Oklahoma and Arizona.  The hot start found the Bronchos ranked Number One for four consecutive weeks, the first time UCO has ever baan ranked in the top spot.  UCO goaltender Tory Caldwell has a record of 11-1, a 2.31 GAA and a .920 SV while backup Brett Patchett has a 9-1 record, a 2.04 GAA and a .926 SV.  Gaven Hohl leads the Bronchos in scoring (17-19-36) followed by Brandon Formosa (13-20-33), Rylan Duley (14-16-30) and Sam Rice (15-14-29).  UCO is a lock for Nationals and will be fighting ASU for the top spot in both the national rankings and WCHL standings throughout the Spring semester.

            The University of Colorado (8-9-2 overall, 2-5-1 WCHL), under new Head Coach Jeff Neitenbach, is off to a nice start in their second season of ACHA D1 play.  The Buffs have already notched nice wins against Arizona, Midland and archrival Colorado State and their rebuilding effort has resulted in CU being ranked in the ACHA Top 25 for much of the Fall semester.  The Buffs are led in scoring by Jake Bauer (10-8-18), Matthew Hefter (1-12-13), Pierce Maty (7-5-12), Thomas Jarman (9-2-11), and Luc Neitenbach (4-7-11).  Goaltender Alex Palumbo is between the pipes for CU most of the time and has a deceptive 7-7 record, a 2.72 GAA and a .903 SV.  CU is also on the cusp of the Nationals field.  With upcoming games against Arizona State, Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma and Arizona, the Buffs will have a chance to jump up in the standings to secure their spot in the post-season tournament. 

            Colorado State University (9-12-0 overall, 3-5-0 WCHL) has seen the pendulum of momentum swing wide for them in the Fall semester, for every huge win against Illinois, Arizona, UCO and archrival CU has seemingly been coupled with losses to ASU, OU, UCO, CU, Illinois and Minot State.  Colorado State is led in scoring by William Neff (8-10-18), Connor Tamai (6-11-17) and Erik Waring (4-8-12).  CSU goaltender Alex Steidler has logged the lion’s share of minutes in net for CSU with a 10-11 record, a 3.82 GAA and a .865 SV.  Head Coach Eric Sunness has the Rams positioned to make a move for a Nationals bid as CSU is ranked No. 27.  With a slew of games in the Spring semester ahead of them, including games against Mercyhurst, Niagara, ASU, UCO, OU and UofA, Colorado State will have every opportunity to control their Nationals fate.

            The University of Oklahoma (15-5-2 overall, 4-2-2 WCHL) remains a perennial Top 10 team with wins against Lindenwood, Iowa State, Minot State and UCO.  However, the Sooners have dropped valuable league points to Arizona, Arizona State and UCO.  OU is led in scoring by Jordan Greenberg (12-23-35), Bryce Johnson (17-16-33), Senate Patton (11-10-21) and Taylor Herndon (8-13-21).   Colin Fernandes has been the Sooners’ main goalie in the Fall, with a 11-4 record, a 2.58 GAA and a .894 SV.  No doubt OU will be at Nationals for 12th consecutive year.  However, a small roster, injury concerns and a brutal Spring schedule of games might mean the Sooners will be hard pressed to stay in the Top 12 and avoid having to play on the first day of the tournament.

RANKINGS – All six WCHL teams have found themselves in the ACHA D1 Top 25 computer ranking at one point or another during the Fall 2014 semester.  Arizona State and Central Oklahoma have traded to the top spot all season long.  Oklahoma and Arizona have also been mainstays in the rankings while Colorado and Colorado State have been in and out of the poll throughout the Fall semester.  As we begin the Spring 2015 semester, here is the most recent ACHA D1 ranking:

 

2014-2015 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #12

Rank

School Name

Record

Previous

1

Arizona State

22-2-0

1

2

Central Oklahoma

20-2-1

2

3

Ohio

19-3-2

3

4

Adrian

20-1-1

5

5

Stony Brook

17-3-0

4

6

Oklahoma

15-5-2

6

7

Robert Morris (IL)

19-3-1

8

8

Lindenwood

10-8-2

7

9

Minot State

19-7-1

9

10

Rhode Island

19-3-2

10

11

Liberty

13-6-4

11

12

Illinois

15-7-1

12

13

Iowa State

9-9-5

13

14

Niagara

13-4-0

14

15

Delaware

10-5-1

16

16

Davenport

12-7-4

17

17

Buffalo

16-4-0

15

18

Michigan-Dearborn

14-10-3

19

19

Syracuse

14-6-1

18

20

Arizona

9-10-3

21

21

Robert Morris Pennsylvania

15-2-2

20

22

Colorado

8-9-2

22

23

Oakland

12-11-1

23

24

Mercyhurst

16-9-2

NR

25

Lebanon Valley

10-7-2

NR

NATIONALS - The computer ranking will also determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2015 ACHA D1 National Championship Tournament, which will include the following seven autobids:

(CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America

(ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association

(ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League

(GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League

(NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League

(WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League

(HOST) JOHN CARROLL

The 2015 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 5-10 by John Carroll University and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission at the OBM Arena in Strongsville, OH. This will be the fourth year of the 20-team format.

WCHL AND TEAM USA – The 2015 Winter World University Games will take place on Feb. 4-14, in Granada, Spain.  Once again, the WCHL will have a strong presence on the Team USA roster with nine WCHL players on the 22 man Team USA roster.  Six players from Arizona State University, Ryan Belonger, Chris Burkemper, Ed McGovern, Connor Schmidt, Jordan Young and Sean Murphy, are on the Team USA roster along with Mico Solorzano, Bryce Johnson and Jordan Greenberg from the University of Oklahoma.

WCHL ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND THE WEB– What’s the best way to get up-to-date, almost instantaneous info about the WCHL?  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WesternCHL .  We update game results nightly, standings, game previews, viewing links, news from around the ACHA, all on our WCHL twitter feed.  You’re missing out if you’re not following us.  Just sayin’.

We’re also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WesternCHL and most of the info from the Twitter feed finds its way to the Facebook page, but no guarantees, ok?  Of course, we’d love for you to also bookmark our snazzy WCHL website at www.westernchl.com since it has a slew of league information as well.

We might even have some exciting news in the not-too-distant future regarding the future of the WCHL so find us on your favorite social media platform to stay informed! 

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19 Sep 2014

SUN DEVILS PICKED TO FINISH FIRST IN

WCHL PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 20, 2014 – For the second consecutive season, the Arizona State University ice hockey team has been selected as the 2014-2015 preseason favorite in the Western Collegiate Hockey League according to the league's coaches.

Arizona State enters the season as the defending ACHA D1 National Champion and was the unanimous pick by the conference's six head coaches to finish in first place.  The University of Oklahoma, a National Semi-Finalist last season, finished second in the balloting while The University of Central Oklahoma, a National Quarter-Finalist last season, finished third in the poll.  Colorado State University and The University of Arizona tied for fourth place in the preseason poll with The University of Colorado slotted in at the sixth spot.

Rank, Team                             Points

1. ARIZONA STATE (6)      36

2. OKLAHOMA                   30

3. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA    20

T4. COLORADO STATE      15

T4. ARIZONA                    15

6. COLORADO                  10

(First Place votes in parentheses)

 

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24 Jul 2014

July 22, 2014

For Immediate Release

Arizona Wildcat Hockey hires Chad Berman as Head Coach

Tucson, AZ – After an extensive national search, The University of Arizona Campus Recreation Department has hired Chad Berman to lead the Arizona Hockey program. Berman replaces Sean Hogan, who left Arizona for a new coaching opportunity after rebuilding the Wildcat Hockey program over the last three years.

"It's the right time to change the culture of Wildcat hockey,” said Berman. “We want to be an ultra-competitive hockey team that plays a fast brand of hockey with a relentless work ethic”. Berman comes to Tucson with extensive coaching experience in the ACHA. He served as the Assistant Head Coach at Robert Morris University-IL for the past eight seasons under Head Coach Tom “Chico” Adrahtas. Robert Morris ended a record setting 2013-2014 season ranked #2 after losing to Arizona State in the ACHA Division I finals. It was the highest ranking and first finals appearance in program history for Robert Morris.

Berman takes over a rejuvenated Arizona Hockey program that earned its first ACHA National Tournament appearance since 2006, captured the most regular season victories since 2008, and beat rival (and top-ranked) Arizona State for the first time in 37 contests.

Berman is familiar with the Arizona Hockey program and excited to build a consistent winner. "I feel this program is right on the cusp of greatness. In order to achieve that goal, our team must be disciplined and committed to improving everyday”.

While at Robert Morris, Berman coached defenseman and was responsible for player development and recruitment. Berman helped build a program that improved in the ACHA Division I national rankings each season from #12 in 2011 to #2 in 2014. Berman played forward at NCAA Division III SUNY-Fredonia prior to joining the staff at Robert Morris.

For more information about Arizona Hockey, visit arizonawildcathockey.org.

Contact

Daniel Bowes

Club Sports Coordinator

The University of Arizona

Campus Recreation

(520) 626-7370

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