Sunday, April 19, 2009
While hockey fans across the nation are watching their favorite teams participate in the NHL playoffs, OU hockey fans are watching their team closely to see the offseason moves being made.
The Sooners, who finished postseason play with a 6th place finish in the final rankings, will lose eight players to graduation, and four more for personal reasons.
Junior Chris Nicolaou said the team will be hard-pressed to find replacements for all the players who will be lost.
“There are some guys you just can’t replace,” Nicoloau said. “But I know our coaching staff is doing its best to get a bunch of new guys in here for next season.”
Team officials say that the team is in the middle of the recruiting process, and has eyes on several players from the North American Hockey League, as well as the United States Hockey league.
“We as players are kind of in the dark right now as well,” Nicolaou said. “In the coming weeks, will all get a better idea of who will be skating for our team next season.”
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Arizona State won the tournament by a wide margin, defeating Denver University, and San Diego State by 18 strokes. The Sun Devils were the only team in the tournament to finish under par, recording an outstanding score of -14 over the three-round tournament.
Junior Eric Durbin led the way for the Sooners, carding an even par finish, which was good enough to tie him for ninth place.
Sophomore Liam Logan, aided by a final round 69 (-2), finished in a tied for 25th.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
In its final regular season tournament, women’s golf leads the windy 31st Susie Maxwell Berning Classic with a two round total of 629. The Sooners lead Oral Roberts by four strokes going into Monday’s third and final round.
After round one, second place OU trailed the University of Texas-El Paso by just one stroke, recording a 315 (+27). UTEP fell to 5th after the second round, now trailing OU’s pace by six strokes.
OU has had success on the individual side as well, as sophomore Ellen Mueller is tied for first with a two-round total of 151. Along with University of Arkansas-Little Rock’s Sara Wikstrom, Mueller leads OU Senior Kendall Dye by just one stroke. Dye and the rest of the golfers braved the elements, which involved heavy winds in the Norman area.
It was tough, but it was tough for everyone out there,” Dye said. “We spent the last week playing out there with the north and the south winds and even in the cold when we didn’t want to be playing in that."
The tournament, which is being held at OU’s Jimmie Austin Golf Club, will begin it’s final round Monday, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.