South Regional Rankings were released on November 7th, 2014. Alabama is ranked near the top with a strong 3rd place rankings and actually received more 1st place votes (2) than the team ranked #2, Florida Gulf Coast (1). SECHC teams took four of the top ten spots with Vanderbilt at #6, South Carolina at # 7 and Ole Miss at # 9. Florida is in position to make a push for a top ten spot by taking the # 15 spot. More good news, Arkansas is ranked #1 in the Pacific Region due to their strong showing against ACHA D1 teams to include two victories over Midlands University (D1). To my knowledge, this is the first time in ACHA history that a D3 team defeated a D1 team twice on consecutive nights. Colorado State and Metro State-Denver are hot on the heels of the Ice Hogs and will push the Hogs for one of the two auto bid spots when the final rankings are released in February.
There will be three more rankings periods to determine the top two teams in each Region who will earn auto bids to Nationals and bypass the Regional’s Playoffs, and to determine the 8-teams advancing to Regional’s. Teams ranked #3 to #10 will participate in a two day Regional’s Playoffs. The two teams winning both of their games at the South Regional’s and Pacific Regional’s will join the two auto bids teams in their Region as the four teams advancing to Nationals. Nationals will be a 16-team tournament; four teams each from the North Region, South Region, Atlantic Region and Pacific Region.
The next Rankings will be posted 12-December-14 followed by 23-January-15. The SECHC Playoffs will take place in Pelham, AL 6-8 February, 2015. The Final Rankings will be posted 13-February-15. The South Regional’s will take place in Orlando, FL 20-21 February 2015. Alabama Frozen Tide hockey and the City of Pelham will host the ACHA D3 Nationals 9-14 March, 2015 in Pelham, AL. Good luck to all and remember…”You Can’t Step Out of Bounds in Hockey!”
|South Region - 1st Rankings|
|1||Central Florida (6)||9|
|2||Florida Gulf Coast University (1)||17|
|4||Christopher Newport University||39|
|8||North Carolina - Wilmington||63|
|11||Coastal Carolina University||82|
|Pacific Region - 1st Rankings|
|2||Colorado State (3)||12|
|3||Metro State (1)||15|
|6||Santa Rosa JC||40|
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