Icers Gear Up for ACHA Tourney

The Penn State Icers will be looking to win back something they consider to be their own this week at the American Collegiate Hockey Association tournament, the ACHA national championship.

Victorious in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003, the Icers were tripped up in the 2004 championship game by Ohio University, breaking the Icers' stranglehold on the top. Penn State finished the regular season with a 23-6-3 record, and enters the tournament as the number two seed behind Rhode Island. Led by Kevin Jaeger, who holds the Icers' all-time scoring record with 130 career goals, the PSU will be looking to avenge a 1-2-1 regular season mark against Rhode Island.

First up for the Icers will be a faceoff in round one against No. 15 West Chester Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The Icers dominated West Chester in a two-game series in October, winning both games by a combined score of 15-5. The winner will face the winner of a 7:00 p.m. contest between Robert Morris and Arizona State to advance to the final four.

Last year's ACHA champion, Ohio, enters the tournament as the number three seed, while Illinois is seeded fourth.

This year, for the first time, the tournament is being held in single-elimination bracket form rather than the round-robin format used in previous years. All Penn State Icers games can be heard via webcast at www.fightonstate.com.


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