Thursday, December 1, 2011

Colorado Buffaloes Host Western Classic Tournament

BOULDER (12/1/11)– The University of Colorado Buffaloes Division II men’s ice hockey team prepares to host the annual Western Classic Tournament after returning from Thanksgiving break, with four games in four days.

This past weekend the Colorado Buffaloes traveled to Utah and took the Beehive Showcase by storm, coming out with a 3-0 record on the weekend.

Earlier in the 2011-12 American Collegiate Hockey Association season, Colorado beat Northern Arizona in a close 3-2 matchup. This weekend the Buffs look to gain another victory over the Ice Jacks, while also improving on their 9-5-0-1 record on the season.

Arizona State defeated the Buffaloes with a 4-3 victory over Colorado this past month. The Buffs motivation to take back the big win over Arizona State remains a crucial part of their strategy to dominate in their matchup against the Sundevils.

“After losing to Arizona Sate the last time we played them, our strategies will remain the same – get the puck deep and get pucks to the net,” John Park said. “ASU is a good team, but nothing we can’t handle if we just stick to our game plan and play to our strengths.”

Colorado will start off the four game weekend on Thursday night against the University of Northern Arizona (7-8-0-1) at 8:30 p.m. They will go on to play Arizona State (15-1) on Friday, also at 8:30 p.m., followed by the University of Washington (10-2) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. To end the weekend Colorado will matchup against the University of Nevada Las Vegas (5-6) early Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. All games will be held at the CU Ice Arena.