Cyclone Hockey ends homestand against Robert Morris


Freshman forward Aaron Azevedo plays for the cyclones in the ISU vs Augustana College game Oct. 30.

Austin Anderson

The Cyclone Hockey scoreboard rivaled the ISU football team’s last weekend after Cyclone Hockey put up 29 goals against Augustana.

But as the Cyclones play host to Robert Morris this weekend at the ISU/Ames Ice Arena, they are ready to flip the page while still remaining pleased with the team’s performance its last set of games.

“I think it’s a good reminder of how good we can be,” said co-captain Alex Stephens.

Cyclone Hockey’s (12-2-0-1 ACHA) record certainly proves that when the team is firing on all cylinders it can be one of the best teams in the country.

Cyclone Hockey currently sits at No. 5 in the American Collegiate Hockey Association rankings but has been ranked as high as No. 3. This weekend’s matchup could once again have an impact on where Cyclone Hockey is ranked in the polls as Robert Morris is a top-20 team itself.

Last year, Robert Morris went on the road and swept Cyclone Hockey during the regular season on its way to a No. 4 seed in the ACHA tournament.

This year, Robert Morris hasn’t been as successful, coming off two losses last weekend to Central Oklahoma. The Eagles sit at 7-5 and currently reside at No. 16 in the rankings.

But Cyclone Hockey coach Jason Fairman thinks this weekend’s matchup will be just like the ones in the past against the high-ranked Eagle teams.

“I think the game will be very similar to the games in the past,” Fairman said. “They are a high-flying team and great in transition, so we will have to react to that.”

Stephens sees similarities in this year’s Eagles team and last year’s. He is confident that the Cyclones will be able to handle it.

“[Robert Morris’s] record aside, we know we have to come prepared,” Stephens said. “They are fast and skilled, so we will have to match their intensity, but I don’t think that will be an issue.”

After the weekend, Cyclone Hockey will conclude its six-week homestand and head out on the road for the next month.

“It’s important to end the homestand with two wins this weekend because we’re still trying to move up in the standings,” said goaltender Matt Goedeke.

Stephens acknowledged the two wins are important in moving up in the standings and said life on the road is different than in the team’s familiar home arena.

“Everything is a little different when you travel, especially for us going a long ways to Colorado,” Stephens said. “The more we have working in our favor, the better.”