Cyclone Hockey takes on defending national champion University of Central Oklahoma


Cyclone Hockey’s Kody Reuter gets checked into the wall during the game against Oklahoma Oct. 6. The Cyclones defeated Oklahoma 3-1.

Allyson Werner

This past weekend, the Cyclone Hockey team swept the No. 3 University of Illinois on enemy ice, extending their overall record to an impressive 11-2-1.

Winning the first game on Friday 3-1, the Cyclones once again took the second game, beating Illinois after a late comeback with the help of the young players on the team, including freshman Bryan Bandyk and Jared Erickson, who both scored goals that contributed to the win.

Junior forward Aaron Azevedo scored the game winning goal after coming out of a 3-2 deficit with 38.6 seconds remaining in the game to lock up the sweep for the Cyclones, winning with a final score of 4-3.

This weekend, the Cyclones look to extend their winning streak when the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos come for a visit. As part of a November month filled with top ranked teams that the Cyclones have to battle, the Bronchos serve as a challenge because they are currently the defending national champions, after knocking the Cyclones out of the playoffs in 2016 with a 4-1 loss in the quarterfinals.

Some players to watch out for on the Bronchos include Brandon Formosa, who currently has 11 goals and eight assists in 14 games played, and Donald Danroth, who has four goals and 14 assists in 15 games played.

The puck drops for Iowa State’s home series against the defending national champions 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ames/ISU Ice Arena.