COC Hockey Set to Face Off for National Championship

by Brian Lewis, Staff Contributor 361 views0

The College of the Canyon hockey club is primed and ready for a shot at the Division III National Championship after defeating California University of Pennsylvania earlier this morning 2-1 in overtime.

The Cougars game winning goal came four minutes into the first overtime period that sent COC to the championship game tonight where they will face off against Hope College, a private, four year Liberal Arts college in Holland, Michigan, at 8:30 p.m. EST. Hope defeated Central Florida 5-2 in their semi-final match up.

COC struggled to get on the board the whole game as they were out shot 18-7 in the first period. Luckily for the Cougars the Vulcans also struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunites as Michael McGrath was a rock for COC in the net as he has been all tournament long.

The Vulcans struck first with a late goal in the sixteenth minute to put the pressure on COC late in the game. The Cougars would answer the Vulcans challenge with a goal of their own in the eighteenth to tie the game at one and send it to overtime.

COC hit the game winning goal four minutes in to keep the championship hopes alive tonight at 8:30 p.m. in Holland, Michigan against the team from Michigan, Hope College. Catch a live stream of the game tonight on Fast Hockey.com