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.