COACH OF THE YEAR

Bearcat hockey’s TYLER KANGAS was named Coach of the Year by the Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) office at the University of Cincinnati during a presentation ceremony on April 3.  Kangas led the Bearcats back to the Tri-State College Hockey League’s post-season tournament for the first time in three years and the team earned its first tournament victory ever with a come-from-behind win over IUP in the opening round.  SALD provides oversight of more than 30 inter-collegiate clubs ranging from chess to lacrosse to rugby at UC, so to have the hockey team’s coach selected as Coach of the Year is indeed an honor that reflects well on the head coach and his staff, including ANDREW FERGUSON, JON KORST, and STEPHEN LOUIE.

VICTORY!

The Bearcats fell behind 2-0 in their TSCHL tournament game Friday night in Pittsburgh, but senior captain DOMINIC LOCILENTO scored three consecutive goals as UC roared back to defeat Indiana University of PA 6-4.  Friday’s victory marked UC’s first appearance in the TSCHL tournament since 2011 and it was their first tournament victory ever.  The Bearcats will now face the second seeded Ohio University Bobcats in the tournament semi-finals Saturday night at 8:15 pm.

THIS ONE COUNTS

The Bearcats and the Crimson Hawks of Indiana University of PA met twice during the regular season, and the Hawks won both games.  However, the third game these two teams play is the one that matters most – tonight, in Pittsburgh, UC and IUP faceoff in the opening round of the Tri-State College Hockey League (TSCHL) post-season tournament.  This is Cincinnati’s first trip to the tournament since 2011, and the ‘cats will be counting on (among others) leading goal scorers CHRIS CORREIA, DOMINIC LOCILENTO, and ALEX KORNER to lead UC through the opening round game.

FOUR ON THE FLOOR!

Senior captain DOMINIC LOCILENTO had an astonishing five-point game Saturday, scoring four goals and assisting on a fifth, and every point was needed as UC held off West Virginia 7-5 in a free-wheeling game played at historic Cincinnati Gardens.  Goaltender COLIN CORMIER also had a fine game, kicking aside more than 90% of WVU’s 52 shots on goal, 26 of those shots coming in the third period alone, when the teams combined for seven of the game’s 12 goals.  Bearcat defenseman MATT KORST added a goal and an assist.  The game also featured fantastic crowd support as UC saluted graduating senior and four-year team member ANDREW ARCHAMBEAU.  All told, an entertaining and exciting afternoon at the Gardens.  The Bearcats will conclude their 2013-14 regular season today with a 2:00 pm faceoff agains the Pitt Panthers at Cincinnati Gardens.

PLAYOFF POSSIBILITIES

The Bearcats have the opportunity to secure their first Tri-State College Hockey League (TSCHL) post-season tournament slot since 2011 this weekend at historic Cincinnati Gardens.  UC will host Indiana University of PA on Friday at 9:30 pm, West Virginia on Saturday at 3:00 pm, and Pitt on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

BEARCATS 8, AKRON 5

The Bearcats improved their TSCHL record to 6-4-2 Friday night with an 8-5 defeat of the University of Akron in a game played at the Center Ice Sports Complex.  UC travels to Athens on Saturday for a 3:35 pm faceoff against the Ohio University Bobcats.

WILD ONE IN C-BUS

The Bearcats and Buckeyes combined to score 16 goals on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, but unfortunately Ohio State scored nine of them to take the victory 9-7.  OSU’s haul included two short-handed goals during a penalty-filled third period.  Ohio State and the Bearcats split their season series, with UC winning 6-4 on Cincinnati Gardens ice back in November.  The Bearcats will resume Tri-State College Hockey League (TSCHL) play next weekend with road games against Akron and Ohio University.

OVERTIME: DAYTON 4, ‘CATS 3

The Bearcats earned three of four available TSCHL standings points over the weekend as they combined a 7-4 victory over the Akron Zips on Friday with a 4-3 overtime loss to the tough Dayton Flyers on Sunday evening. CHRIS CORREIA  scored two goals and JEREMY MORTON added one, as did four other Bearcats. Goaltender RAMON FISCHER made the lead stick as he kicked aside an Akron penalty shot in the second period on Friday,   The Bearcats continued their weekend set of games with a Saturday night faceoff against the Louisville Cardinals.  Despite two more goals by Correia, the Bearcats fell to Louisville 5-4.  UC will close out the weekend with a game against the Dayton Flyers Sunday at 6:00 pm at historic Cincinnati Gardens.  CORREIA added a goal in Sunday’s game, as did DOMINIC LOCILENTO and MAX HAGEMAN.  While disappointed with their inability to score in overtime against Dayton, the Bearcats did help themselves significantly over the weekend in their drive to qualify for the TSCHL’s post-season tournament.

THREE TOPPING PIZZA!

Bearcat Stick HandleThe Bearcats have the opportunity to move up in the TSCHL standings this weekend thanks to three games at historic Cincinnati Gardens.The adventure begins Friday night at 9:40 pm as the Bearcats host the Arkon Zips for the first time this season, and the team will be counting on (among others) sophomore CHRIS CORREIA  who leads the team with 18 goals and freshman MAX HAGEMAN (pictured above) who has added 17 assists.  The Bearcats will then play Louisville at 8 pm on Saturday night and the team will close out the weekend with a key TSCHL contest Sunday night at 6:00 pm against the Dayton Flyers.  All three games are at historic Cincinnati Gardens, so come join the fun!

GAME DAY – ‘CATS vs. ‘CATS

Ramon Stylized Photo 010414 croppedThe Bearcats resume Tri-State College Hockey League (TSCHL) play TODAY at 3:00 pm, when they host the Ohio University Bobcats.  The team has 10 TSCHL games scheduled for January and February, and this afternoon’s contest is an  opportunity to get the second half of the season off to a great start as the Bearcats pursue the TSCHL championship.  Join the Bearcats on home ice at 3:00 pm TODAY at historic Cincinnati Gardens as they take on the league-leading Ohio University Bobcats. The Bearcats opened 2014 with a solid victory over EKU on Friday night (Jan 10), a game at which two lucky fans had the opportunity to win official Bearcat hockey game jerseys!  As always, UC students are admitted at no charge and other spectators are asked to make a $5 donation to help the club cover its ice rental and transportation bills.