It’s that time of year for Season’s Greetings, blinky lights, cookies, and good cheer. For ACHA hockey fans, it’s a time of loneliness and withdrawals. The month of December is when teams take their winter break and players focus on their testing, returning to the ice in January.
For lack of anything else to do this month (Christmas-Schmistmas) let’s take a look at the WCHL conference standings and current team rankings:
University of Central Oklahoma #3 16-6-1
Reigning National Champions UCO have managed to come out relatively safe the first half of this season regardless of the giant target on their back. The Bronchos may have tallied a couple of surprising losses, but after soundly defeating in state rival OU (4-2,8-0) before the break, they are sitting in a good spot in the ACHA rankings.The Bronchos have gone 10-0-1 since a 6-6-0 start.
UCO returns to the ice Jan. 15 and 16th when they host Univ. of Alabama.
University of Oklahoma #10 12-6-2
The Sooners have managed to stay competitive so far in the season, despite continuing penalty trouble and lack of cohesion. The Sooners remain a team that you just aren’t sure what team will show up on the ice on gameday. OU dropped from #8 after two big losses to UCO over the weekend.
The Sooners return to the ice on Jan. 9th and 10th, hosting Missouri State.
University of Colorado #9 14-5-2
Colorado is chugging along this first half, putting up some impressive wins. A loss to #1 Minot State on Thursday knocked Colorado from the #5 spot however. The Buffs will have a chance at revenge when Minot State returns in mid-January.
The Golden Buffaloes are on the road after the break on Jan.8th when they head to Arizona for a pair of games.
University of Arizona #14 6-9-2
Although losing three straight, the Wildcats were fortunate to drop only one spot in the rankings.
The Wildcats return at home on Jan. 8th & 9th, hosting Colorado.
University of Arkansas – Unranked 12-11-2
The Icehogs, previously at #23, have hit the unranked status after a rough few weeks. In the past four series of games, Arkansas have split the win/loss column. Although grabbing a win over UCO, the next night a 10-2 loss hurt them.
Arkansas is back in action on Jan. 14th on the road in Nebraska to face Midland.
Colorado State University #18 7-13-3
While the Rams have lost 8 out of their last 10 games, they have only dropped one spot in the ACHA rankings. They currently sit at the bottom of the conference standings.
CSU will now focus on their big road trip out East, taking on Drexel and then Delaware on Jan. 8-10th.
Missouri State University #21 11-14-0
Keeping it solid and steady, the Ice Bears see no ranking change at the break. MSU started the season losing 7 straight and would then turn it around to win 6 in a row.
The Ice Bears will head to Oklahoma on Jan. 8th & 9th for some more conference play.