Bensenville, Ill. – Robert Morris University is hosting the 2013 ACHA National Tournament at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville and the fifth ranked Eagles are paired against 12th seeded Iowa State University. The game is set for Saturday, March 2nd at 8:30 P.M. and fans that can't make the game can watch it live courtesy of FastHockey via www.eaglesportsnewtork.com.
The tournament begins on Friday, March 1st with four preliminary games with #13 Central Oklahoma and #20 Niagara scheduled for the first game at 11:30 A.M. The three other games on Friday are #14 Navy against #19 Rutgers at 2:30 P.M., #15 Stony Brook versus #18 Rhode Island at 5:30 P.M., and #16 Liberty and #17 John Carroll at 8:30 P.M.
There is a full slate of eight games on Saturday, March 2nd with the Eagles versus Iowa State capping off the night at 8:30 P.M.
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The Eagles enter the tournament with a program record 28 wins after sweeping top ranked Adrian College last weekend by duplicate 4-2 scores. RMU is led by leading scorer Chris Cimoch, who has 50 points on 20 goals and 30 assists. Gehritt Sargis is right behind Cimoch with 47 points on 27 goals and 20 assists. RMU is making its fourth straight tournament appearance and is looking for its first tournament victory since 2005 when the Eagles advanced to the quarter-finals.
Iowa State comes into the tournament with a 24-16 record and was runner-up in the CSCHL Tournament two weekends ago. The Cyclones eliminated the Eagles by the score of 2-0 in the opening game of the CSCHL Tournament and the two teams met a total of five times this season, with RMU holding a 3-2 advantage.
"We've had a terrific year, successful any way you define success for a collegiate hockey program," stated RMU Head Coach Chico Adrahtas. "In many ways the entire journey, as enjoyable as it was, was preparation for nationals. The goal of our program is to be one of the top ten teams every year, to be like the other teams in our league who are legitimate, historical powerhouses in the ACHA. In years past, getting to the tournament was reward enough, but the goal from day one this season has been to get farther than we've ever been. That's our intention. That's what we've been working for. That's what we expect."
The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the Sunday's quarter-final round to face Ohio University, Liberty University, or John Carroll University at 7:30 P.M. Ticket prices and options for the tournament are listed below and it runs through Wednesday, March 6th.