After an early elimination a year ago, the College of the Canyons Cougar hockey team vowed it would go deeper in this year’s American College Hockey Association Championships. But the run to glory ended Friday night in the tournament quarterfinals, as the Cougars were eliminated by Saginaw Valley State. The Cardinals beat COC, 4-1.
The Cougars did find success earlier in the Division III tournament. The first win came against the University of Florida Gators, who found they had bit off more than they could chew when facing the Cougars. COC won a decisive 8-3 victory that set them up with a showdown against the Robert Morris University Colonials. Again, the Cougars skated to victory, winning 7-4, and earning a spot in the quarterfinals with the top 8 teams in the tournament.
Unfortunately, their string of victories came to an end against Saginaw Valley State. The team from Michigan was last year’s ACHA national champion and started this year’s tournament with two blowout victories – 15-1 and 14-1.