Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sooners beat Bronchos in Physical Affair

OU wins 5-1, meets UCO again, Saturday in Edmond
OU Strength Coach, Ronnie Hayes, reaches for a bag of ice following Friday's game

The OU hockey team defeated rival UCO, Friday, in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Blazers Ice Centre. The Sooners started strong, with 3 goals in the first period, before rolling to a 5-1 victory.

The Bronchos did not go quietly into the night, as they played one of the most physical games in recent memory. OU Senior, Doug Gebbie, who scored 3 goals on the night, said he knew he was in a battle.

"UCO definitely came to play," Gebbie said. "We've got a lot of guys in there with bumps and bruises; we had to work to win this one.

While the win helped justify OU's number 6 ranking in the latest national polls, the 4-goal loss may not help UCO as they claw their way towards a national berth.

The two teams will meet again Saturday, in a game that UCO really needs if it plans on making the top 14, and penciling in a trip to nationals.

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