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Chris Perry
1/30/2006, 04:38 PM
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SOONERS WEEKLY
For the Week of January 30, 2006

SOONERS SWEPT BY SUN DEVILS
No. 15 OU VISITS No. 6 LINDENWOOD THIS WEEKEND

THIS WEEK’S GAMES - The No. 15-ranked University of Oklahoma® hockey club (14-10-2) take to the road this weekend as they travel to suburban St. Louis to play the No. 6-ranked Lions from Lindenwood University (21-9-1). Earlier this season, Lindenwood traveled to Oklahoma City for a pair of games against OU. Lindenwood beat the Sooners in both games by respective scores of 3-2 and 4-2.

LAST OU HOCKEY GAMES – The Sooners hosted No. 9 Arizona State University this past weekend and lost both games to the Sun Devils. OU scored first in Friday’s contest but ASU countered with four unanswered goals to win 4-1. The next night, ASU’s speed and quickness overwhelmed the Sooners as the Sun Devils coasted to a 3-0 shutout win over OU. OU is now 0-4-0 all time against Arizona State.

SCOUTING THE LIONS – Lindenwood’s last games were this past weekend as they hosted the Lindenwood Invitational Tournament. In the tournament, Lindenwood beat unranked Robert Morris College 7-1, beat No. 17 Washington & Jefferson 7-0 and lost to non-ACHA member St. Clair (ONT) College 5-3. The Lions scoring attack is led by their captain, forward Dan McNabb, who has 23 goals and 16 assists in 28 games. McNabb is followed by David Easterbrook (17-20-37), Larry Kopecky (15-17-32) and Quinn Henry (10-15-25). In net, the Lions rely on Grahame Lippert who has a 2.61 goals against average and a .922 save percentage in 26 games this season.

RANKINGS – The Sooners are currently ranked 15th in the nation in the latest ACHA Coaches Division 1 ranking. In the most recent unofficial computer ranking of ACHA D1 clubs, Oklahoma is currently ranked 13th and Lindenwood is ranked 9th. This year’s ACHA Division 1 National Championships will be hosted by West Chester University and take place March 2-5, 2006 in suburban Philadelphia. Usually, those teams ranked in the Top Sixteen in the February 17th, 2006 ranking will qualify for the tournament. However, because the regular season champions from the ACHA’s Central States Collegiate Hockey League, East Coast Hockey Association and East Coast Hockey League will receive an automatic berth to the tournament, the possibility exists that a “Notre Dame-style BCS bump” may occur to one or more of those teams at the tail of the Top 16. Oklahoma, playing as an Independent team in the ACHA, will have to earn a spot in the ACHA D1 National Championships based solely on their ranking in the February 17th poll. The next ACHA Coaches D1 ranking is scheduled to be released this Friday, February 3rd, 2006.

SOONERS HOME GAMES ON THE AIR – All remaining OU Hockey home games will be broadcast over the internet this season. Join Caleb Fox, a junior from Rowlett, Texas (play-by-play), and Keaton Fuchs, a junior from Norman (color), as they bring the hard-hitting, fast-paced action that is Sooners Hockey to you over the internet throughout the 2005-2006 season. OU Hockey broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to faceoff. Oklahoma hockey fans can listen to the OU Hockey internet broadcast by going to either www.icehockey.ou.edu or www.broadcastmonsters.com and clicking the appropriate link.

HOME SWEET HOME – Although formally known as Blazers Ice Centre, when the Sooners take the ice to “Oklahoma!” and “Boomer Sooner” blares over the sound system after every Sooners goal, the rink transforms into the “Sooners Ice Center”. All Sooners home games are played at 7:30 P.M. at Blazers Ice Centre, 8000 South I-35, in Oklahoma City.

TICKETS – Individual tickets for all OU Hockey games are on sale now and can be purchased at Blazers Ice Centre. Call 631-3307 or 631-2709 for additional information.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE – The Sooners practice this week at the Blazers Ice Centre on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 P.M. and Tuesday from 8:45-10:30 P.M.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Chris Perry, General Manager
University of Oklahoma® Hockey
Phone: (405) 631-2709 / Cell: (405) 488-4048
Email: cperry@ouhockey.com / Fax: (405) 631-2102
www.icehockey.ou.edu / www.ouhockey.com