No one could have predicted the battle that ensued at the Centene Community Ice Center Sunday afternoon in the third round of the ACHA Men’s DI National Championship where UCO faced a familiar opponent, Iowa State University. The contest between these two heavyweights extended into 8 periods, which made ACHA and collegiate hockey history as one of the longest hockey games ever. “There has not been another game that has lasted as long as this one in ACHA playoff history. The determination of both teams in this game was unbelievable and amazing to watch!” said WCHL Commissioner, Chris Perry.
The Cyclones and Bronchos faced off against one another in an unbelievable 5 overtimes and lasted more than 6 hours before UCO was able to find the back of the net to send Iowa State back home to Ames. “We are concentrating our efforts to help our team recover tonight and get ready to answer the bell tomorrow in the next round,” Assistant Coach Brandon Harley said. “Replacing fluids, taking ice baths, and checking on the mental state of our players will be crucial as we have less than 24 hours before our next opponent.” UCO will face WCHL Conference rival, UNLV in the first semi finals of the tournament late Monday afternoon at 4:45pm CST.