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ACHA ANNOUNCES MEN’S DIVISION 3 REGIONAL TOURNAMENT SITES

TROY, Mich. (January 10, 2020) – The American Collegiate Hockey Association, the governing body for non-varsity college hockey in the United States, announced today the regional sites for the upcoming 2020 Men’s Division 3 Regional Tournaments.

 

The site locations and dates for the 2020 Men’s Division 3 Regional Tournaments are:

 

NORTH REGION

March 6-7, 2020

Patterson Ice Center, Grand Rapids, MI

 

ATLANTIC REGION

March 7-8, 2020

Revolution Ice Center, Pittston, PA

 

PACIFIC REGION

March 6-7, 2020

Ponds of Brookfield, Brookfield, WI

 

SOUTH REGION

March 7-8, 2020

AdventHealth Center Ice, Wesley Chapel, FL

 

The two top-ranked teams in the each M3 Region will receive an automatic bid to compete at the ACHA National Championship Tournament held in Dallas, Texas from March 24-28, 2020.

 

The next eight highest-ranked teams in each M3 Region will compete at their respective Regionals Tournament for one of two remaining bids to the National Championship Tournament.  The eight teams will play in an elimination game on Day 1 of the Regional.  The winners from the first day of games will then face off against one another on Day 2, the last day of the Regional Tournament, with a trip to the National Tournament on the line.

 

Tickets to all ACHA Regional events will be sold at the door.  For more information regarding ACHA M3 Regional Tournaments, please contact ACHA Executive Director Craig Barnett at cbarnett@achahockey.org.

ACHA ANNOUNCES MEN’S DIVISION 2 REGIONAL TOURNAMENT SITES

TROY, Mich. (January 10, 2020) – The American Collegiate Hockey Association, the governing body for non-varsity college hockey in the United States, announced today the regional sites for the upcoming 2020 Men’s Division 2 Regional Tournaments.

 

The site locations and dates for the 2020 Men’s Division 2 Regional Tournaments are:

 

NORTHEAST REGION

February 28-March 1, 2020

Keene Ice, Keene, NH

 

CENTRAL REGION

February 28-March 1, 2020

Griff’s Georgetown, Hudsonville, MI

 

WEST REGION

February 27-29, 2020

Idaho Ice World, Boise, ID

 

SOUTHEAST REGION

February 28-March 1, 2020

The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville NJ

 

The two top-ranked teams in the each M2 Region will receive an automatic bid to compete at the ACHA National Championship Tournament held in Dallas, Texas from March 20-24, 2020.

 

The next ten highest-ranked teams in each M2 Region will compete at their respective Regionals Tournaments for one of two remaining bids to the National Championship Tournament.  The four lowest-ranked teams will play in a play-in game on Day 1 of the Regional.  The remaining eight teams will play in an elimination game on Day 2 of the Regional.  The winners of the second day of games will face off against one another on Day 3, the last day of the Regional Tournament, to try to earn of the two remaining spots to the ACHA National Tournament.

 

Tickets to all ACHA Regional events will be sold at the door.  For more information regarding ACHA M2 Regional Tournaments, please contact ACHA Executive Director Craig Barnett at cbarnett@achahockey.org.

ACHA NATIONALS RETURNS TO FRISCO ON MARCH 19-29, 2020

TROY, Mich. – (July 29, 2019) – The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), the governing body for non-NCAA men’s and women’s collegiate hockey in the United States, announced today the unveiling of the 2020 ACHA National Championships logo. The championships which will take place at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas for the second consecutive year.

Now in its 29th year hosting the National Tournament under the ACHA umbrella, the event will feature more than 1,500 players from 72 teams across all five ACHA Divisions- Men’s Division I, II, III and Women’s Divisions I and II, who will convene in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area to compete in more than 100 games.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Dallas Stars and City of Frisco for our championships,” commented Executive Director Craig Barnett. “The student-athletes and coaches who participated in the 2019 National Tournament had a tremendous experience and the fans and parents enjoyed the southern hospitality! We look forward to another memorable event this coming March.”

The 2020 ACHA National Championships will be played on March 19 through March 29, 2020, at Comerica Center and the Children’s Health StarCenters in Plano and McKinney, Texas.

“We are excited to play host to the 2020 ACHA National Championships after a very successful event in Dallas last year," remarked Lucas Reid, Director of Amateur Hockey, Dallas Stars Hockey Club. “We pride ourselves on exposing the local hockey community to all levels within our sport and providing a first-hand experience for the aspiring youth that play within our various programs.”

The Comerica Center is a multi-purpose arena located in Frisco, Texas, at the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Gaylord Ave. It is the home of the Texas Legends of the NBA G League, as well as the executive offices and practice facility of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars. It previously served as the home of the Texas Tornado team of the North American Hockey League; the NAHL maintains its headquarters at the arena. The arena is also used for concerts and other live entertainment events. It seats between 5,000 and 7,000 people and has a 2,100-vehicle parking garage.

The 2019 ACHA’s marquee event crowned five divisional champions last March, including in Men’s Division I, which saw Minot State captured its second title in program history; Florida Gulf Coast University earning its fourth title in the last eight years in men’s Division II; and Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology which won its first Division III men’s championship. Two women’s championships were also crowned as Liberty University won back-to-back titles on the Division I level and Assiniboine Community College earned the program’s first Division II championship.

For more information about ACHA, log on www.achahockey.org. Friend ACHA on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For further information, please contact ACHA Executive Director Craig Barnett at cbarnett@achahockey.org.

Liberty University captures Back-to-Back Women’s D-I National Championship

 

The Liberty University Flames are back-to-back ACHA Women’s Division I National Champions after defeating Lindenwood-Belleville University 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas. The Flames had five different goal scorers with Lauren McDonald leading the team in scoring, tallying two points (1g+1a) to help Liberty clinch its third title in last five years.

 

In their fourth Finals trip in the last five years, Liberty jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. Danica Polson scored the game’s first goal at 5:33 for Liberty before Clarissa Tipping found the back of the net just before the 10-minute mark.

 

Down 3-0 just 35 seconds into the second on an unassisted goal by McDonald, Lindenwood-Belleville came within one after scoring a pair of goals--just 66 seconds apart--midway into the period.  Lynx Ashley Dietmeier broke Liberty netminder Nadia Rupoli’s shutout bid at 10:27 in the period and Dakota McAlpine following at 11:33 with an unassisted goal.

 

Vanessa Demerchant helped Liberty regain a two-goal lead early in the final frame before Deena Birney added an unassisted empty-net goal with just 12 seconds remaining to further assure the Flames’ championship.

 

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Assiniboine CC Captures ACHA Women's D-II National Championship

 

By Carter Brooks | Game On Magazine

 

The Assiniboine Community College Cougars are American Collegiate Hockey Association national champions.

The 21 young women making up Brandon's ACC Cougars women's hockey program concluded the most memorable hockey weekend of their lives Sunday afternoon. After travelling over 2,000 kilometers south to Frisco, TX. the Cougars put together a perfect week of hockey, ending play as national ACHA Division II champions, beating the Minot State Beavers who had not lost to ACC all season.

It was gritty effort after gritty effort for the Cougars, who rallied for two shutouts - including a 1-0 victory over their heavily-favored Minot State opponents in the national championship game. Goaltender Marley Quesnel was sensational between the pipes, while Simone Turner-Cummer picked up most of the offence for ACC over the weekend.

After falling behind 1-0 to the defending back-to-back national champion Lakehead University 1-0 on Saturday in the semifinal, defenseman Turner-Cummer put the team on her back, scoring both the game-tying and game-winning goals, propelling ACC to their very first ACHA National Championship match.

Turner-Cummer picked things up Sunday right where she left them the day before, scoring the game's eventual only goal in the first 20 minutes. The power play strike was the Carman product's sixth goal of the tournament, as the blueliner failed to score in just one of her five games.

Turner-Cummer scored once on Wednesday in the Cougars' 8-0 victory over Mercyhurst University, before picking up two goals on Thursday against Northeastern University. She added another two markers against Lakehead University on Saturday before rightfully being named the ACHA tournament MVP with the game-winner Sunday.

"It feels amazing," Turner-Cummer said to media post-game Sunday. "It's surreal. Obviously it's a team sport and I couldn't have done it without my teammates, but the fact that I was able to find the net was amazing. Right from the start we have been a team. I think that is what got us here. We had one goal, and we accomplished that today, and it feels amazing. As I said, without the team, we wouldn't have gotten here."

Goaltender Marley Quesnel continued her dominant play Sunday, stopping all 18 shots she faced in the national championship game. The Dauphin native picked up her second shutout of the week, in helping Head Coach Tony Bertone and longtime team manager Larry Shannon to their very first national championship banner. For the first time in program history, ACC will return home to Brandon as ACHA national champions.

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Note:  Original article titled "Brandon's ACC Wins ACHA National Championship" can be found from: 

https://gameonmag.ca/index.php/articles/minor-hockey/975-brandon-s-acc-wins-acha-national-championship

Sault College Secures First ACHA Men’s D-III National Championship

 

Sault College captured its first American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division III National Championship in their first appearance at the national stage after dominating Grand Valley State University 12-3 Saturday night at Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas.

 

Sault captain Ryan Vendramin led the Cougars amassing four goals and eight points for the evening and was one of seven players tallying multiple-point performances. Freshman Max Khull recorded five points (1g, 4a) and fellow frosh Bryceton Lalonde scored four points (1g, 3a).

 

Grand Valley State looked to set the tone with an unassisted power-play goal from Reidar Burgeson just 2:12 into the opening period. Nearly two minutes later, Cougars forward Vendramin unleashed a nautral hat trick over a nine-minute span before Sault scored another pair of goals to take a commanding 5-1 lead in the first period.

 

Sault College scored a trio of goals within the first six minutes of the second period to elevate their lead to 8-1 before Grand Valley’s Mitch Lawton scored at the 7:38 mark. The Cougars tallied another trio of goals before heading into the second intermission, including two shorthanded goals at 14:17 and 15:15, giving Sault a 11-2 lead.

 

Grand Valley attempted to start a comeback bid with an early goal just 2:30 into the final period, but the Cougars would answer back with another goal while goalie Drew Gregory finished the game stopping his 28 of 30 shots of the game to help secure their first ACHA national title.

 

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