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The ACHA Freezing Four?

Damn the NCAA and their desire to "trademark" everything. Bastards. I have, however, thought of referring to this group as either the "Carbon Monoxide Four" or the "Carbon Tetroxides" (CO4 - get...

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ACHA National Tournament

I'd build this up as something epic, but it's another year, another sport, another tournament to determine the national champion. You know - like all other sports. Oh... wait... Moving right...

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Icers Push On To The Post-Season

Penn State Icers head into the playoffs.

Final Team USA update from World Universtiy Games

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To go from the chance of playing for a medal to playing for 7th place, it would be understandable if Team USA would struggle to get up for the game against host China. From the outset, however, it was obvious Team USA came to win. Kent State's Jason O'Bannon would draw first blood less than 5 minutes into the game. The rest of the period would lull until the final two minutes where Rhode Island's Kyle Krannich and Illinois' J.J. Heredia gave Team USA a 3-0 lead after one. The second period started out quiet, until the 9:36 mark, where Krannich would slam home his second. And at that point, the proverbial flood gates opened. Icers' own Jaime Zimmel would add a goal 70 seconds later, and WCU's Jim Gehring only need 10 seconds to make it a 6-0 run away. But they weren't done, as Heredia would get his second of the game a few minutes later. And not to be outdone by his teammates, Zimmel would put home his second with 57 seconds left in the period. Team USA would also outshoot China in the period, 28-4. Team USA would glide home on the 8-goal cushion. The two teams would swap a pair of goals each in the final period, giving Team USA one last win, 10-2. A dominating win from top to bottom gives Team USA it's best finish at the WUG ever - a bittersweet 7th place. While it's definite progress, it's a final spot that's not indicative of the talent of this team. Kudos to Zimmel for two more goals, and to DeLo with two assists in this game - a strong statement as to the talent that the ACHA, and Penn State, can bring to the world stage.

Team USA loses early lead, drops final game to Japan

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In a game with medal round implications, Team USA fell short of completing the task they had set out to accomplish. Japan would jump out to an early lead with a goal 6 minutes into the game. But Team USA stormed back, putting up 2 goals of their own, taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Sloppy play and penalties would be the downfall of Team USA in the second period. A couple of power play goals would give the Japanese a 3-2, and they never looked back from there. Japan would slam the door in the third, with two goals just 35 seconds apart. USA's Johnny Liang with a minute left would be the only bright spot, before Japan would put home another empty net goal, downing Team USA, 6-3. (To make matters worse, Russia rolled Slovakia as expected - 9-3. A win in regulation over the Japanese and Team USA would have been in the semifinals.) This means there is one last game for Team USA - tomorrow, against host China for 7th place. Overall, it has been a decent showing from the ACHA this year. They took a huge step forward in beating Slovakia, before taking a step backward in losing to the Japanese. Still, the depth in talent in the ACHA continues to grow, and Team USA will soon be a regular team fighting at the top. And congrats to our Icers - both Jaime and DeLo played large roles in what was one of the most memorable games most of those kids have ever played in.

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The Icers and the Convoluted Mess (aka the ACHA Post-Season)

After a long and grueling two months of hockey, the Icers finally found a bit of a breather in mid-February. A home-and-home with lackluster Drexel, followed by the final home games of the regular...

Team USA gets dominatied by Russia, 8-0.

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In what was ultimately no surprise to anyone back home, the Russians continued to do their thing, downing the Americans 8-0. I still don't have final details, but I can't imagine there's anything of worth even in that. Russia is the hands-on favorite to win the gold this year, so it's no real shame to lose to them. Also note that there is a lot of top talent on that team, including a kid who was, oh look at that, drafted in the 3rd round (#73 overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Word is the only reason he hasn't found his way stateside yet is because he has a couple years left on his contract with his Russian league team. The entire Russian team isn't like this, but it's a start to see that the Russians have put together a team with a much higher level of talent than what the ACHA currently can offer. In other action in the group, the Japanese downed the Koreans in regulation. Final games for this stage are on Wednesday - USA v JPN and RUS v SVK. To finish second, USA will need to win in regulation (very feasible) and have Slovakia lose in regulation (also very feasible). Current standings through today's games: Team W-OTW-OTL-L - PTS Russia 3-0-0-0 - 9 Slovakia 2-0-1-0 - 7 USA 0-2-0-1 - 4 Japan 1-0-0-2 - 3 Korea 0-0-1-3 - 1

Team USA downs Slovakia, 5-4 in shoot-out.

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It took some time, but Team USA finally figured out Slovakia in the World University Games. Slovakia jumped out quick, putting up 2 goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. West Chester's Jim Gehring would put USA on the board in the first, only to see Slovakia to score with 30 seconds left in the first. USA would get the only goal of the second period thanks to another Jim Gehring power play goal, reducing the deficit to one goal heading into the 3rd. Four minutes into the 3rd, the Icers' own Jaime Zimmel tied the game up at 3. But with 10 minutes left, Slovakia found the net again, taking the lead once again. But this USA team has yet to quit. Once again, Jaime ZImmel would bring about the tie, this time as the lone assist on Navy's Matt Sweezey's game-tying goal with just under 6 minutes left. The rest of the third period found no victor, nor did the 5-minute overtime period. So, to the shoot-out they went. Even in the shoot-out, neither team could find a way to win. The first 5 shooters aside could not decided, nor could the next 7. As the 13th round came around, the banner day for the Icers' representatives came to an end. This time, it was Luke DeLorenzo getting the game-winning goal in the 13th round of the shoot-out, and giving Team USA a 2-0 start to the opening rounds of play. This also puts USA in a great position to move to the playoff rounds. Getting the advantage over Slovakia is huge for the rest of the games, though it may not ultimately matter. Russia and USA are atop the standings at 2-0. Slovakia now stands at 2-0-1, and Japan and Korea are at the bottom at 0-2 and 0-3 respectively. The remaining games are: USA v Russia USA v Japan Russia v Slovakia Korea v Japan If things go as I expect, USA will likely lose to Russia and beat Japan; Russia downs Slovakia; and pick'em in the Korea/Japan game. Ultimately, Russia would sweep 4-0, USA would finish second at 3-1, and the Slovaks would end 3rd at 2-1-1. Getting to the playoffs would be another positive step forward for the ACHA.

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Icers Overseas

As I've mentioned a few times previously, a couple of our guys - Luke DeLorenzo and Jamie Zimmel - are we're selected to play for Team USA at the World University Games in Harbin, China. ACHA has a...

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Consistently Inconsistent: Icers Doing the Splits

After a January of solid play, the Icers found themselves with the #2 ranking, trailing only Lindenwood in the rankings. They hoped to keep things rolling as they moved into February. A set on the...

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