Cyclones will face UCO in the quarterfinal round


Courtesy of Forrest Brothen

Cyclone Hockey celebrates a goal in 3-2 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes to move on to the quarterfinals.

Mary Rominger

After a victory over the No. 12 Colorado Buffaloes, Cyclone Hockey will advance to the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season to face the No.4 Central Oklahoma Bronchos in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Tournament.

Face Off between the Cyclones and Bronchos will go underway at 10 a.m. in the OhioHealth Ice Haus for a chance to move on to semifinals.

Saturday morning, Iowa State was able to top Colorado 3-2 to stay alive in the tournament.

The Cyclones started the game a little flat and didn’t put forth the intensity the team normally has. Luckily for Iowa State, they were able to come out of the first period scoreless with a couple of huge stops by goaltender Derek Moser.

“Derek made big saves in the first period and that could’ve changed the course of the game if they had scored early like that,” coach Jason Fairman said.

Early in the second period, Ben Hall for the Buffaloes scored the first goal of the game on the power play. Although, Aaron Azevedo and Tony Uglem for the Cyclones fired back to come out with a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame.

To finish off scoring for the Cyclones, freshman A.J. Gullickson sniped one past Colorado goaltender Colin Champine to solidify a 3-2 victory.

In a closer game than Iowa State would’ve liked to have had, the Cyclones will need to play a complete game against a strong team in UCO.

“I just don’t think we came out ready in that first period I don’t know if it was the early start time or what,” Fairman said. “I thought we established our game in the second and solid in the third to protect our lead.”

And with another early start tomorrow along with two less hours of rest due to Daylight Savings, Iowa State will have to find a way to combat the adversity.

Iowa State and UCO are very familiar with each other and met four times in the regular season with a spilt in each of their respective arenas.

The Cyclones have had confidence in their systems all season long and sticking to what they know will be their key focus against the Bronchos.

“We’ve got the first game jitters out of the way and the early start time won’t be new to them,” Fairman said. “I’m hoping if that was a factor, it won’t be anymore.”

If the Cyclones find their way past the Bronchos, they will move one to the semifinals on Monday for a potential 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. start which has yet to be determined.

You can watch the broadcast of the game live online here,