CHE team qualifies for Nationals

By Allison Steinheiser - Hockey Correspondent

The CHE team is used to success. They have won five straight CHE regular season titles as well as winning the playoffs each of those years. This past week, the team learned they will be continuing with another tradition of playing over Spring Break. The team qualified for the American College Hockey Association, or ACHA, national tournament.

While the team finished second in the Atlantic Region, the team will not have to face other top ten teams in the regional tournament. Southern Connecticut State was the other team to qualify automatically from the region as they were ranked first overall after receiving all nine first place votes.

The CHE team will be looking to avenge a lose in the semi-finals last season to College of the Canyons.  To do so, they will have to face some tough competition in the tournament, which will last from Wed., March 14 until Sat., March 17 in Vineland, NJ. Some teams that have already qualified for the tournament include reiging champion College of the Canyons and runner-up for two years in a row Hope College. Saginaw Valley, which won championships in 2009 and 2010, will also be at the tournament.

The CHE team will be looking for their second national title. The other title came in 2008 when the tournament was held in Rochester, MN.  The only current member of the team that played in 2008 is captain Nick Posa.

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