Friday, February 25, 2011

Ho(c)kie Hockey(?)

It’s called the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) and it includes Virginia Tech, Liberty, Kennesaw and East Carolina in the Southern Division and Penn State, Rowan, Rider, Temple, St. Joseph’s and UMBC.

During the regular season the Hokies (16-11-2) and Liberty (22-3-0) faced each other twice and split the series.  Both squads won on away ice.

The Hokies’ Eric Lutz scored 1:21 into the first period to launch the Hokies to a 6-0 victory over Kennesaw State in the first round to gain the final and another rematch with Liberty.  This time, VT got the best of Liberty again to win the Regional and are now heading into round two this weekend in Philadelphia.   

Andres Morales and Nicholas Vulmaravich are Virginia Tech’s top guns, with 16 and 14 goals, respectively. Morales also had 12 assists for a team-high 28 points.
Joseph Woermer is the Hokies’ top playmaker, setting up 15 of his teammates’ goals this season and scoring eight himself.

The Hokies enjoy the confidence that comes with having one of the nation’s top DII goalies in their net. Anthony Wolak is tied for first in shutouts with three. In the 27 games he played, Wolak had a 3.14 goals against average and an .890 save percentage.

ACHA DII Southeast Regional Tournament (Philadelphia)
Maryland-Baltimore County (MACHA-North) vs. Maryland (ACCHL), 9:50 a.m.
Liberty (MACHA-South) vs. Kentucky, 10:20 a.m.
Temple (MACHA-North) vs. Bowling Green State, 4:50 p.m.
Virginia Tech (MACHA-South) vs. Penn State (MACHA-North), 5:20 p.m.

Other ACC schools also have hockey teams.  Of course, Boston College leads the list as a D1 powerhouse, but other schools have teams playing at the D2, D3 and club levels – we just haven’t figured it all out just yet.

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