UCO looks to keep Oklahoma a hockey champion state in 2015-16

It took as little as nine seasons for the University of Central Oklahoma to bring the Murdoch Cup to Edmond, Oklahoma. The Bronchos ended their 2014-15 season as ACHA National Champions, stunning the league with their dominance all season.

Photo: Scott Warren
Photo: Scott Warren

UCO held the #1 spot in the ACHA for four straight weeks before being knocked down to #2 by defending champions, Arizona State. The season was remarkable, but not unexpected for Broncho team members. UCO finished with an overall record of 33-5-1, a new team record, and going 18-1-0 at home, their one loss courtesy of in-state rival, OU.

The upcoming 2015-2016 season will not be a cakewalk for UCO. With the recent jump to the NCAA by Arizona State, two teams, Missouri State and Arkansas, moved up to the ACHA D1 level and joined the Western Collegiate Hockey League. UCO will open up their season at home, hosting Missouri State on Sept. 18th & 19th. The National Championship banner will be raised to the barn rafters opening night.

“The strength of the WCHL has risen even though Arizona State has left for the NCAA.
Missouri State and Arkansas have been tough opponents throughout the years and this move to the Division 1 ranks will help in their recruiting.”
                                                                          — Craig McAlister, UCO Head Coach
UCO will also host Iowa State, Robert Morris (Ill), Alabama and Lindenwood, as well as their WCHL conference opponents.
“It is one of the more difficult schedules in the ACHA.  We are playing the top programs in the CSCHL in Robert Morris (IL), Lindenwood and Iowa State. Our strength of schedule will be additionally beefed up by playing just Division 1 teams.  There is no game off.  Every team we play will have the ability to beat us if we aren’t playing up to our potential. Arizona, Colorado and Colorado State are dangerous programs to play. “
                                                                            — Craig McAlister
Considering the WCHL has been in existence for only two years, and each of those years had a member team win the National Championship, it just may be the toughest conference at this time.
The Bronchos will finish the regular season on the road and meet Stonybrook, the team they defeated 4-0 to earn the National Championship.
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