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CU hockey team topples Rams
The momentum is building for the University of Colorado men’s hockey team. Last Friday, they defeated the Colorado State Rams 5 to 1 and improved to 14-10-1-2 on the season. They are in fifth place in their division.
CU had not yet beaten the Rams during the regular season losing their first three to in-state rival CSU. Coach Ken Fikis knew the magnitude of this game before the two teams met.
“We certainly don’t want to head into regionals having lost to them four times. So I think [our players] are going to put an honest effort into tonight’s game” Fikis said.
The Buffs put the game away early as they scored three goals in the first period of play. Led by Senior Andrew Neitenbach’s two goals, the Buffs cruised and will use the game as a jumping point entering the West Regional Tournament.
“In hockey, momentum is everything. It’s huge to get a win like this. We’ll take this momentum into next weekend and then [the west] regional after that,” said Neitenbach.
Coach Fikis echoed the senior’s comments, noting that they have essentially the same team as last years regional champion and that if they play like they did against CSU, the result could be advancement to the national tournament.
“We told the kids in the dressing room tonight ‘we got nine more games possible.' If we play like we did tonight, we’re going to end up playing nine more games,” the coach said.
The Buffaloes have one more game at home next Saturday February 19, as they take on the Northern Colorado Bears at 7:15 p.m. Mountain Time.
After that, the team travels to Logan, Utah, to do battle in the West Regionals. If the Buffs finish in the top two at the regional tournament, the team will then head to San Jose, California to take on the country’s best Division II teams at the National Championships.