Lopes’ 2-2 weekend vs. nationally ranked teams helps them maintain spot in ACHA D2 West Poll
By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director
GCU Club Sports is proud to announce that for the fourth straight week, the Grand Canyon University Men’s Ice Hockey Division II team is ranked 9th in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II West Poll. It’s also the 7th consecutive week that the Lopes are in the ACHA Top 10 (including their highest-ever ranking of No. 8 three weeks ago). The Lopes maintained the spot in the poll after splitting their four games over the weekend at the Big Mountain Showcase in Colorado, topping No. 6 Boise State and No. 14 Colorado State, while falling to No. 8 Dakota College at Bottineau (ND) and No. 11 Colorado.
The string of games against nationally ranked opponents continues this weekend as the Lopes return to their home ice of AZ Ice Peoria (83rd Avenue south of Bell Road in Peoria) for the first time since early December. They’ll clash with archrival 12th-ranked Arizona State University this Saturday night starting at 6:30PM. Admission is FREE.
The entire ACHA West Rankings are listed below:
|1||Northern Arizona (D2)||17-6-1||96.26|
|4||Williston State College||13-12-1||95.27|
|5||University of Denver||14-8-1||94.60|
|9||Grand Canyon (D2)||12-14-3||93.40|
|10||San Diego State||16-1-2||93.40|
|12||Arizona State (D2)||12-14||92.68|
|14||Colorado State (D2)||6-15||92.40|
|18||Long Beach State||8-8-1||91.74|