The CU Roller Hockey Club was able to field an A and a B team for the first time since 2009.  Lead by Captain Evan Meredith and Alternate Captain Zach Clawson, the A team (Division 2) surprised everybody in the Rocky Mountain Region by taking second place in the preseason tournament in Lakewood, CO.  They lost to Division 1 powerhouse Colorado State, who they beat 5-2 earlier in the tournament, in the final game.  The finished the regular season with 13 wins, four losses, and two ties to have the best record in Division 2.  They finished with an impressive 5-0 against Division 2 teams and a 4-4-2 record against Division 1 teams, with wins over Arizona, Texas Tech, North Texas, and Metro State.  The team’s two ties came against Colorado State and Metro State. They lost a heartbreaker 4-3 in the finals in overtime to University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to take second in the Rocky Mountain Region.  Their regular season record enabled them to qualify for Nationals at the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City, Utah.  At nationals, the Buffs went 3-0 in their pool, including wins over Kansas State, Texas-San Marcos, and an impressive 7-3 win over the University of Florida.  They beat Binghamton University 4-3 to qualify for the quarterfinals, where they lost a close game to Northeastern.
 
The B team, lead by Captain Joseph Oria and Alternate Captain Scott Barrow, had a different path to Nationals. They were knocked out of the semi-finals in the B division preseason tournament by losing to Colorado State B 1-0.  The Buffs ended up finishing the regular season with 12 wins, three losses, and 1 tie.  Their most impressive win occurred in Fort Collins where the beat the first-place Colorado State Rams 6-1 to take over first place in the Rocky Mountain B Division.  The regular season was the first time Colorado State has not had the best record since 2004.  In the playoffs, the Buffs dominated University of Colorado at Colorado Springs B 8-0 to go to the finals against Metro State B.  The Buffs took the game 4-2 to be Regional Champions and earn an automatic bid to Nationals in Utah. At Nationals, the Buffs went 3-0 in their pool, with victories over Metro State, North Texas, and Grand Valley State. They moved on to the knockout stage, where they started off with an impressive come from behind win to beat Cal Poly 5-4 in overtime.  The Buffs then shocked Michigan State in the quarterfinals, who were previously undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation. Unfortunately, the dream run came to an end against West Chester University in the semifinals.

A team finished 5th in the tournament, and B team finished in 3rd place.  B team went farther in the tournament than any roller hockey team in CU history. This season put CU Roller Hockey in the national spotlight.  Thanks to seniors Evan Meredith and Nick Ramsey for their commitment to the team for their entire time at CU. Go Buffs!
 


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Elaine
04/20/2012 10:13

Great job boys !!

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