CNU hockey prepares for ACHA Regional Championship

While the international hockey battle rages on in Sochi, the CNU ice hockey team enters their own gauntlet. The Captains are set to compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association South Regional Championship this weekend on Feb. 21 and 22. The ninth-ranked men have two games left to determine whether their season will end or if they will get berth into the national championship tournament.
The Captains are coming off a 7-3 win over UNC Charlotte for third in the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference Colonial Division. Even though they lost their semifinal game to the eventual champions Loyola 1-0, they had a high enough ranking to move on to the regional championship.
CNU will be facing USC in the first round of the ACHA South tournament. The Captains have won both their meetings against USC this season and are looking to keep their perfect record. “I would say we feel pretty confident going into regionals against USC,” said junior forward Brandon Finch. “We know we have the ability to beat them. We just have to make sure we come ready to play.”
Sophomore forward Kyle Jahn will be the one to watch in the game against USC. Leading the Captains in points this season, Jahn was dominant in the early season USC games. The sophomore posted three goals and four assists for a total of eight points across both games.
A win over USC would thrust the Captains into a game on Sunday. A win there would mean a national championship tournament berth for the Captains. The competition is fierce in the regional tournament, and the Captains are more than familiar with a few opponents.
CNU holds a combined record of 3-4 against teams in the South regional tournament, however, two of those wins were against USC. A second round game for the Captains looks tough on paper, but the team is confident. “I think we have the capabilities to make it out of regionals with a bid to nationals, we just need to play our game,” said Finch.
The tournament begins on Feb. 21 night in Colombia, S.C. If they win, the Captains will play at either 2:15 p.m. or 5 p.m. the next day.

Sophomore Kyle Jahn will be a key player in the USC game. Photo by Ben Leistensnider

Sophomore Kyle Jahn will be a key player in the USC game. Photo by Ben Leistensnider