Posted by Brian Kipley on February 26, 2014
The Aurora University Spartan Hockey team has advanced to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division III National Tournament after going two for two last weekend at the ACHA Division III Pacific Regional. The Spartans picked up wins against the University of Nebraska (7-1) and Metropolitan State University of Denver (6-2) to advance to the Nationals.
“We have come a long way in the program’s 15 short months,” said Head Coach Ryan Buchanan. “We have a group of student-athletes who are committed to working hard both on and off the ice. We are excited for the opportunity to compete for a national championship. It will be a great experience for our team and Aurora University.”
Aurora University first sponsored the intercollegiate men’s hockey team during the 2012-2013 season. And the Spartans are looking forward to competing for their first national championship.
“We are very proud of what we have accomplished as a team,” said sophomore captain Sheldon Kihle. “We were motivated and determined to make a statement going into the regional tournament. We are very excited to head to Florida for the tournament, another step on our journey to our final season goal.”
“Being the first recruited team for the Aurora University hockey program, we had a lot of expectations to live up to,” said freshman assistant captain Ben Stachowiak. “Our closeness as a team on and off the ice has been a big part of our success this season.”
The Spartans will travel to Coral Springs, Fla. with the tournament games being held Tuesday, March 11 through the finals on Saturday, March 15. Games will be played at the Florida Panthers IceDen at 3299 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs, Fla.
AU will open up the round robin pool place against Davenport University on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Game time is to be announced. AU is currently 35-2-1 on the season.