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Club teams faring well against NCAA hockey this year

American Collegiate Hockey Association teams have held their own against NCAA teams this season.

The ACHA has gone 4-5-0 against the NCAA so far in 2012-13.

Most recently, Oklahoma lost 3-1 and 4-0 against NCAA Division I Alabama Huntsville the week before coming to Tucson.

On February 15 and 16, the Sooners will travel to Happy Valley to face NCAA DI Penn State. ASU lost 8-3 to the Nittany Lions but rebounded to beat PSU 3-1.

All the ACHA teams have faced the NCAA foes on the road.

Less than five ACHA rinks could host NCAA teams, like Ohio and Liberty, UA head coach Sean Hogan said.

The Wildcats traveled to Ohio last semester and go to Liberty this week.

Hogan said the Wildcats are hoping to attract a couple NCAA teams to come for a tournament around Christmas with UA and ASU at the Tucson Convention Center in the future.

College hockey includes NCAA Division I and III and the ACHA, which has three divisions. There isn’t an NCAA DII.

Arizona is 6-24 against NCAA teams, including 12 home games. UA has faced the likes of Notre Dame, Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Anchorage, Kent State and Michigan-Dearborn.

Arizona’s last game against an NCAA team was in January 2003, a pair of 6-3 wins over DIII Northland at the Madhouse.

-James Kelley is a hockey beat reporter. Follow WildcatSports and jameskelley520 on Twitter.


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