Nationals For New Jersey Bound Frozen Tide

The Alabama Frozen Tide earned its chance Saturday to represent the SECHC and the south region in Vineland, N.J. at the ACHC DIII National Tournament in mid-March. The Frozen Tide (24-11-0, 10-0-0 SECHC) qualified for the national championships for first time in the seven year history of the program.

“This is huge news for the SECHC as our 10-team conference sends one of four teams from the south region to nationals,” Commissioner Kenny Day said. “I sure am proud of everyone affiliated with Alabama hockey. I exchanged text messages with a thrilled Buddy Damare, the ‘Founding Father’ of Alabama hockey.”

The Frozen Tide’s leading scorer Zach Dailey earned two goals in the 5-3 victory against Richmond on Saturday, including the game winner.

Ryan Vinson, Matt Mayes and senior Mark Wysock also scored for Alabama.

The Frozen Tide defeated Christopher Newport University 7-1 on Friday.

Brandon Butler recorded two goals for the team. Sophomores Tanner Himmelman and Jordan Ricks tallied a goal each. Clay Link, Mark Wysock and Matt Mayes also helped take the final score for the Frozen Tide to 7-1.

The national tournament will take place at the Canlan Ice Arena in Vineland, N.J. from March 13-17. The No. 3 seed in Pool B, Alabama will face No. 2 California (PA) University, out of the Atlantic region, to open the tournament on Wednesday, Mar. 13.

The Frozen Tide will play No. 4 CSU-Northridge, out of the Pacific region, on Thursday, Mar. 14. Alabama will wrap up Pool B play on Friday, Mar. 15 with the top seed of Pool B, No. 1 Hope College, out of the North Region.

The winner of Pool B will play in the semi-finals against the winner of Pool A on Saturday, Mar. 16 for the right to play in the National Championship game.

The Frozen Tide have some familiarity in Pool B. Alabama played Hope College and CSU-Northridge this season.

Alabama lost to Hope College in the first of four games on a Michigan road trip, as part of the Seth Shupan Memorial Tournament in October. The Frozen Tide beat CSU-Northridge 5-4 in the Huntsville Showcase in November.

The Frozen Tide will head to Huntsville, Ala. this weekend to participate in the SECHC Tournament from Feb. 24-26. Alabama is the top seed in the West and will face South Carolina in the first round of the tournament on Friday.