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Sunday, 17 September 2017 06:17

2017 WCHL Preseason Coaches' Poll

DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPION CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

PICKED TO FINISH FIRST IN WCHL PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 17, 2017 – The University of Central Oklahoma, the 2016-2017 ACHA M1 National Champion, has been selected by the Western Collegiate Hockey League coaches as the preseason favorite to win the WCHL in 2017-2018.

 

In this season’s WCHL Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Central Oklahoma received 62 of 64 possible points and was selected by six WCHL head coaches to finish in first place.  The Bronchos have won the WCHL in the past two seasons.

 

The University of Colorado finished second to UCO in the WCHL balloting, with 53 points and the two remaining first-place votes.  Arizona State University finished third in the poll with 49 points while the University of Oklahoma was slotted in the fourth position with 34 points.  The University of Arizona finished fifth in the poll with 29 points.  Colorado State University received 25 points to finish sixth in the poll while Missouri State University was one point behind in seventh with 24 points.  The University of Arkansas rounded out the poll at number eight with 12 points.

 

Rank, Team                                Points

1. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA (6)           62

2. COLORADO (2)                        53

3. ARIZONA STATE                      49

4. OKLAHOMA                             34

5. ARIZONA                                29

6. COLORADO STATE                   25

7. MISSOURI STATE                     24

8. ARKANSAS                              12

(First Place votes in parentheses)

 

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Friday, 03 March 2017 12:48

WCHL 2016-2017 LEAGUE AWARDS

With the WCHL Regular Season concluded and ACHA M1 Nationals starting next week in Columbus, Ohio, the WCHL is pleased to announce the end of season awards for the 2016-2017 season.

The WCHL coaches were asked to submit nominations for each of the end of 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 2016-2017 Season Awards:

WCHL ALL-LEAGUE FIRST TEAM

F-BRIAN “TOPPIE” HOGAN, University of Arizona

F-RYAN OSTERTAG, Arizona State University

F-SAM RICE, University of Central Oklahoma

D-ALEX TEMBY, University of Colorado*

D-TYLER MINX, University of Central Oklahoma

G-DAX DEADRICK, Colorado State University

 

WCHL ALL-LEAGUE SECOND TEAM

F-MATT ANDERS, University of Colorado~

F-JAKE BAUER, University of Colorado*

F-TAYLOR HERNDON, University of Central Oklahoma

D-BEN HULL, University of Colorado

D-PRESTON AMES, Arizona State University

G-HUNTER FERNANDEZ, University of Oklahoma

 

WCHL COACH OF THE YEAR – JEFF DEGREE, Colorado State University

 

WCHL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – RYAN OSTERTAG, Arizona State University

 

WCHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

F-KYLE REILLY, Colorado State University

F-DYLAN OSTERTAG, Arizona State University

F-LUC WHYTE, University of Oklahoma

D-BEN HULL, University of Colorado

D-RILEY DEFAZIO, Colorado State University

G-JACOB WALLSTEDT, University of Central Oklahoma

 

WCHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – DYLAN OSTERTAG, Arizona State University

 

WCHL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – BRIAN “TOPPIE” HOGAN, University of Arizona

 

(~denotes 2015-2016 WCHL All-League First Team member)

 

(*denotes 2015-2016 WCHL All-League Second Team member)

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 17:23

2016 WCHL Preseason Coaches' Poll

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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Saturday, 20 February 2016 13:29

WCHL 2015-2016 LEAGUE AWARDS

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)

Monday, 25 January 2016 13:54

WCHL Wraparound - January 26, 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.

Thanks for reading this far down and thanks for your support of the Western Collegiate Hockey League!

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We hope to see you at a WCHL game soon!

Saturday, 12 September 2015 09:55

2015 WCHL Preseason Coaches' Poll

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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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:59

Colorado Names Eric Ballard as Head Coach

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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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 05:43

WCHL 2014-2015 LEAGUE AWARDS

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

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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Friday, 19 September 2014 23:58

2014 WCHL Preseason Coaches' Poll

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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