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IU Hockey at the Halfway Point

December 2, 2009
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I apologize for the lack of updates recently, it seems that every possible project I needed to complete before the end of the term came together into a perfect, time consuming storm.

But I’m here now, that’s worth something right?

For the next week I’m going to be giving recaps on where the various hockey teams in Indiana stand. First up is the Indiana Hoosiers.

At the halfway point of the season the Hoosiers have a record of 6-14 and are ranked 24th overall in the ACHA Division I. That ranking is a testament to Indiana’s strength of schedule which is the eighth most difficult in Division I. The Hoosiers, who are in their first season of Division I hockey after almost two decades of play in the ACHA’s Division II, apparently sought a tough schedule to strengthen the program. The high water mark for the team this year has been a 6-2 victory over the University of Michigan in the first game of the season.

IU thus far has faced a lot of highly ranked opponents including the undefeated Lindenwood University, Illinois, Iowa State which currently sit one, two and three in the Division I standings. Indiana will need to overcome their difficult schedule in the second half of the season if they want a shot at making the 16-team ACHA National Tournament. Chris Benz has been a bright spot for the Hoosiers this season as he leads the team in every major offensive category, meanwhile goaltending is an issue for IU. Currently of the four gentlemen that have suited up in net for Indiana this season, none have a save % above .890.

Finally, looking to the future, Indiana has announced they will be moving to the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) next season to join Illinois, Iowa State, Kent State, Lindenwood, Ohio and Robert Morris. This is shaping up to be a difficult league as all seven teams sit in the top 25 with four of them residing in the top ten.

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