Illini fall to UCO in second round
The Illini's trip to the ACHA finals falls short after 7-3 loss to the Bronchos
Friday, March 10, 2017 / 1:18 PM
Credit: ACHA

Day 2 of the 2017 ACHA National Championships kicked off with fourth-ranked University of Central Oklahoma defeating University of Illinois 7-3 Friday morning at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena—home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. After a scoreless opening period, the Fighting Illini jumper to a 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes of the second period with shorthanded goals from Eric Cruickshank (3:55) and James McGing (8:36) before the Bronchos answered with a trio of goals. Illinois tied the game at 3-3 just 41 seconds into the third period as David Kellner and Steven Quinn assisted on Chance Homerin’s goal. Then Central Oklahoma circled the wagons on Illinois scoring four goals on four shots in the final frame. Landon Robin scored the eventual game-winning goal at 7:40 before Brochos Taylor Herndon scored a pair of goals at 8:36 and 11:15 with Sam Rice assisting on both goals. Josh Wyatt put the exclamation mark on Illinois with a shorthanded, emptynet goal with 2:06 remaining. [Box Score]

Game two of Day 2 saw the biggest lopsided game as Ohio University defeated University of Oklahoma 13-1 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. The Ohio Bobcats peppered Oklahoma with 50 shots with 19 coming in the opening period. Ohio forward Liam Geither captured the National Championship’s first hat trick scoring a goal in each period as Reilly Moore, Matthew Hartman and Michael Palasics each had 4-point nights. Oklahoma netminder Hunter Fernandez allowed 8 goals in the first 40-min of play before Cacy Wilfer stopped 10 of 15 shots in the third period. Winger Michael Behm was the Sooners’ lone goal scorer with Zachary Pard assisting at 8:18 in the first period.[Box Score]

Game three mirrored Game 1 as second-ranked Adrian College defeated Midland University 7-1 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. The Bulldogs jumped to a 4-0 lead after two periods, including a trio of power-play goals. Midland’s Jake Mullendore scored a power-play goal snapping Michael Barrett’s shutout bid at 6:02 in the third period. Brad Kobryn, who was the game’s leading scorer (1-3=4) for the Bulldogs scored the team’s fifth consecutive power-play goal at 9:54 before Marcus Rose scored his second goal and third point of the game. [Box Score]

The final game of the night featured top-ranked Minot State facing Colorado State University, who’s playing their second game in as many days. Minot State goaltender Joshua Byowski stopped all 22 shots and four players had multiple-point nights as the Beavers blanked Colorado State 4-0 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. Minot State’s Cole Olson, Sam Briscoe and Johl Swedlo teamed up to help put the Beavers on the board first with Olson’s goal at 2:14 into the opening period. Carey Morrison and Lyndon Lipinski assisted on Derrick Brooks goal at 8:17 in the second period before Olson and Briscoe assisted on Swedlo’s goal at 17:37. Morrison captured his second assist when he and Jeremy Johnson helped on Shain Scheschuk’s goal at 17:27 for the final goal of the game. [Box Score]

Presented by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Columbus Blue Jackets, and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, the ACHA National Championships will feature more than 1,600 players from 80 of the nation’s best men’s and women’s college hockey club teams. More than 100 games will be played across Columbus at the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks (Dublin, Easton and North) and the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.

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