March 5-9: UD hosts ACHA national championship tourney


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10:36 a.m., Feb. 25, 2011----The University of Delaware men's ice hockey club team, host of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division I national championships, will open tournament play with a first round game at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at UD's Fred Rust Ice Arena.

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The Blue Hens are seeded No. 5 in the 16-team field and will face the No. 12 seed, Robert Morris University of Chicago, in the opener.

The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round, with games scheduled Sunday, March 6, at the Fred Rust Ice Arena. Quarterfinal game times are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Consolation games will be played from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Gold Ice Arena.

Semifinal games are scheduled at 5 and 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, both in the Fred Rust Ice Arena.

The championship game will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, also in the Fred Rust Ice Arena.

For a complete schedule, see the ACHA bracket in PDF format.

For details and ticket information, see the UD ice arenas website. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or by calling the UD Ice Arenas at 302-831-6038.

The ACHA national championship tournament is presented by ING Direct and co-hosted by the Delaware Sports Commission.

“We are proud to partner with the University of Delaware in welcoming the nation's best collegiate hockey players and their fans to Delaware,” said Matthew Sparks, executive director of the Delaware Sports Commission. “With ING Direct as a title sponsor and the Courtyard Marriott at the University of Delaware as the host hotel, Delaware's business community has rallied to support and contribute to the success of this event.”

The ACHA national tournament is expected to generate over $500,000 of economic impact to the state through overnight accommodations, food, transportation, shopping and miscellaneous expenses.

“The University of Delaware has a history of hosting major figure skating and ice hockey tournaments, including the 1999 ACHA national championship,” Sparks said, adding, “Newark is an ideal location for a national sports tournament with its easy accessibility, ample parking, first-rate hotels and tax-free dining, shopping, and entertainment.”