Friday, March 13, 2009

OU Hockey prepares for Nationals

A sign sits outside the OU hockey locker room, as a reminder of what the team must due to prepare for Nationals(photo by Jarrod Yost).

The Oklahoma hockey club departed Thursday for greater Cleveland, OH, where it will compete in the 2009 American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament. The nation’s top 16 clubs received invites to the tournament, which will begin Saturday, and conclude Wednesday night with the national championship contest.

This year’s tournament appearance marks the 4th consecutive appearance for the Sooners, who began their ACHA hockey program just five years ago.

At practice Wednesday, many players said the team has been looking sharp as of late.

“These final practices have been outstanding,” freshman forward Blake Martin said. “We really have been talking about what it’s going to take to win this tournament.”

Martin and the Sooners held a final practice Thursday prior to leaving, in order to fine tune the club’s power play and penalty kill tactics against first-round opponent, Kent State.

“It’s nothing too different from what we are used to,” Martin said. “We just need to stick with what has worked so far this season.”

Oklahoma and the Golden Flashes of Kent State face off Saturday night at 7:30 EDT at the Gilmour Acadamey in Gates Mills, OH.

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