EKU Hockey Team is gearing up for another season.
The 2017-2018 season is looking very bright for the Colonels! This upcoming season will be a little different for the team. EKU Hockey gained entry into the ICHC (Indiana Collegiate Hockey Conference) this means that if the Colonels were to win the ICHC they would play in a regional tournament and then onto Nationals!
EKU Hockey are the Wooster Tournament Champions!
EKU wins the Woosters Tourny and looking to taken on Life University to end the season. As the season is coming to an end the team has come a long way from starting off 6-1 to playing the number one team in the ACHA DII. The will be looking to take the life out of Life University
For the first time in school history, your Colonels beat the Kentucky Wildcats 6-5 in a overtime game!
Colonels Celebrated in Amazing "Youtube" Video
Please check out highlights from home opener:
Colonels Split Opening Weekend Series
Your EKU Colonels Ice Hockey team split their season opening series with Xavier (White) over the weekend. The Colonels lost the first game of the weekend on Friday night, 6-2, in Cincinnati. The goals were scored by Austin Roman and Corey Jenks. Fueled by a rowdy crowd, the Colonels came out on fire Saturday night, scoring three goals in the first period on the way to an 8-4 victory. Roman and Jenks scored for the second straight game, with Purdom, Melin and Jones contributing to win.
The Colonels (1-1) return to action this weekend with a trip to Springfield, Ohio to face Wittenberg on Friday night.
2015-2016 Season Preview: “Higher Expectations…”
The EKU Colonels hockey team will try to continue their winning ways after closing out their 2014-2015 season with a 2-game winning streak when they open the 2015-2016 season on Friday, September 18th in Cincinnati at the Cinti Gardens at 10 PM against Xavier (White). This will be followed by their first home game the following Saturday night as they hope to pack the Lexington Ice Center for the second of a home and home against the same Xavier squad.
Colonelshockey.com sat down with the Head Coach, Dr. Joel Cormier for an exclusive interview and discussed the upcoming season and as usual, he had much to say about the new staff, the new players, and what he hopes to see this season.
“Jared Smith joins the team from Nichols College where I was a faculty member from 2007-2010. It was a fateful day during the ‘Snow-pocalypse’ when I called Jared and asked him to come aboard. Jared will be pursuing his Masters at EKU while helping with everything. He has fit in very well in the process and his enthusiasm as seen during the scrimmages versus Cincinnati has already become well appreciated by players and staff alike.
“Very pleased to see Mike Fogg stick around with us this year. He has a very busy schedule but he is going to help us whenever he can adjust his work schedule for games and practices.
"Kiley Clark is completing her USA Hockey Safety certification is will be helping us like she always does as our trainer.
“Pat Barone will cap off his season ending shutout by helping us out whenever he can as well.”
“Whereas one year ago, we were lamenting losing a couple of guys who went NA3HL last minute, this year we are rejoicing. We are so pleased to get Cristan Purdom and Tim Muhsman to join our team after excellent Junior careers. They know they have high expectations being placed on them on and off the ice.
“Last year’s ‘Nash4’ have been boosted by the 'Three Swords' from Cincinnati in Scott Miller, Andrew Whitehead, and goaltender Kris Renfrow. A really interesting part of the recruiting process was also gaining some guys close to home. Ryan Gustafson (Trinity HS, Louisville) and former WSHL player Bryce Cotton (Lexington, KY) along with Andrew Hershman (Evansville, Indiana) join our squad and will contribute to both our scoring and intensity.
"We say we are an EKU hockey family and that seems to be the case now with goaltender Sammy Jones joining his brother, Eric, on the team as well.
"I am just simply grateful for all of the support that EKU Admissions, EKU Campus Rec and the EKU community as a whole for the support they have given me in help bringing in guys like this."
This year we added a handful of new faces to the team, Michael Poe from Taylor Mill KY, who had a wonderful NA3HL junior career for the Point Mallard Ducks. He is a very versatile player, can move the puck quick and has proven already to be a valuable asset to the team. Alex Anderson from Michigan, who previously played in the MWJHL joins us this season. He is sure to bring speed and an increased scoring ability to our offense this season. His ability to communicate on the ice and keeping the other players positive while on the bench is great help to the team. Cam Baker from Dayton, Ohio comes to us as a solid force in our defensive zone, his ability to read the game will be of great benefit to the team, another strong addition to our defense is Eli from Lexington Kentucky, his calm and controlled play and how he views the game will be of great benefit to the team this season. Finally our new goal tender from Atlanta, Jon Johnson. His play style in net is exactly what EKU hockey needed this season as we enter a new league, his ability to read the puck is amazing and has already proven his skill to the team when we faced off against Ole Miss earlier this season.
“The new locker room and storage space are awesome. We have a presence on campus through my office in the Moberly gymnasium and now we have the same in Lexington. This has been my dream since taking over 2 years ago. I cannot say how thankful the team is for the work of EKU Hockey boosters Norm Jenks, Rich Melin, and the many others who contributed to the project. We had materials donated by Home Depot (www.homedepot.com) and quite a few of the players such as Corey Jenks, Alex Melin, Brodie McCaughn, and of course our newly-promoted Captain, Andrew Briggs put in a lot of time into making this dream a reality.”
“Brian O’Loughlin, as our team captain last season, guided us through a very interesting transition last year as the culture of the team slowly evolved. I know Brian, along with the staff and the players, are very happy to see Andrew Briggs promoted to Team Captain. 'Briggsy's" attention to detail ,as seen in how he turned our finances around, will translate into sold discipline and maintain the family culture that we have. Brian will stay on as an Assistant Captain along with our Club President Eric Jones.
“What all three have in common is the understanding how we are building a legacy here. We want to be recognized as a winning team on and off the ice.”
“I took over part of the scheduling this year having experienced last year what it was like 'being thrown to the wolves' early on last season. We certainly expect a tough challenge out of the gate once again this year in our first three weekends. However, college hockey, especially at the club level, is continuously evolving. I try not to make predictions but I do know the expectations are much higher this year than previous seasons.
“We learned a lot from our scrimmages against Cincy and took a lot of positives away. Like other seasons, I know that EKU hockey will always play to the final buzzer. With added depth and talent, we will be a team much better than seasons' past. With higher expectations comes responsibility. I know the guys are up for the challenge in bringing a winning record to EKU Hockey.”
The Colonels first home game is September 19th at 11:55 PM versus Xavier at the Lexington Ice Center.