Matadors Announce Move to Simi Valley and Join WCHC
Feb 25, 2014 1:52 PM
The Cal. State Northridge Ice Hockey Club held their end of year meeting and came out of the room with some big changes for the 2014-15 year. The club elected new officers - Greg Thompson - President, Drew Lagaly - Vice President, Michael Standke- Treasurer, Ellis Bourgoujian - Secretary, Andrew Monesi - Risk Manager, Matt Alesse - Public Relations and Dustin Martin - Sport Club Council Representative. Martin and Bourgoujian are the only two players returning from last year's Executive Board. With new blood running the show, the group made some big decisions.
After nine years at the LA Kings Valley Ice Center, the Matadors will be moving to play out of the Simi Valley Iceoplex. Coach JP Gale said, "The LA Kings Valley Ice Center was really good to us and helped us through some trying times in the past. We thank them for all they've done for us." The move to Simi Valley will bring added exposure for CSUN to some of the top recruits playing in the Titans youth hockey program.
President Greg Thompson said, "We will be able to do things like chuck-a-puck, there's a full snack bar, better viewing areas for the game and we're working on our own locker room. Plus a lot of the team grew up playing there and it just seemed like the time to make a change."
The Matadors also took a step up in their competition joining the West Coast Hockey Conference. CSUN will be the 5th team in the conference joining Loyola Marymount, Northern Arizona, CSU Fullerton and CSU Long Beach. Coach JP Gale said, "This is a tough conference. Three teams qualified for post season ACHA play and one is going to Nationals. We're going to have to work hard if we want to be successful."
CSUN will only be graduating 3 players this year and with a solid pool of recruits already admitted, Northridge could be adding another 5-10 players for next year's campaign.
2013-14 Season Recap
Feb 12, 2014 1:41 PM
The Matadors second season in Division 2 was a successful one as the team accomplished many firsts.
After a disappointing 6-13-1-1 record in their first season in Division 2 the Matadors were looking to rebound and gain respect in the West Region.
The accomplishments started early. The second game of the season the Matadors beat UNLV for the first time ever 8-2.
In November the Matadors beat a ranked team for the first time when they beat #11 North Texas 3-2.
In early December the Matadors beat UNLV, ranked 14th at the time, for the first time in Vegas 2-1.
But the best highlights of the season came in mid January when the Matadors traveled to Texas for a four game trip. The first game the Matadors beat a top ten opponent for the first time when they beat #7 Texas A&M 6-5 in overtime. After that the Matadors beat Texas State 6-4 and 11-3 and the University of Texas 9-1. It was the first time the Matadors swept a four game road trip in at least ten years.
Due in large part to the Texas A&M win the Matadors were ranked for the first time in Division 2 in the fourth ranking 13th. They finished the season ranked 15th.
The Matadors also finished the season with an overall record of 10-12-1-3.
Now that the Matadors have proved they can hang in Division 2 the next goal is to qualify for the West Regional tournament next season.
Matadors finish season ranked 15th
Feb 10, 2014 9:53 AM
Saturday night the Matadors held Senior Night in front of a packed Valley Ice Center and tied UC San Diego 3-3.
After a scoreless first period UCSD scored three times in the second.
In the third the Matadors got goals from Senior Shearson Unda, Andrew Monesi and Senior Brian Carcerano to tie the score. Senior Stephen Perez assisted on Unda's goal. Monesi reached the 100 career points plateau with his goal.
The Matadors finish the season with a 10-12-1-3 record and also finish ranked for the first time in Division 2.
1. Weber State (9 First place votes- Nationals Auto Bid)
2. Northern Arizona (Nationals Auto Bid)
3. Utah State
5. San Jose State
6. Cal State Fullerton
7. Boise State
8. Texas A&M
9. Loyola Marymount
11. Montana Tech
12. Long Beach State
13. San Diego State
14. Arizona State- Pac 8
15. Cal State Northridge
Also receiving votes: ASU-Elite, Dallas Baptist, UNLV
Matadors Add Two Games, Senior Night Saturday
Feb 4, 2014 3:53 PM
The Valley Ice Center has been fixed and the Matadors have rescheduled some games to make up for the two they were unable to play this month. Friday, the Matadors will be taking on UC Santa Barbara at 8:45pm. Saturday's match up will take place at 8:30 PM against UC San Diego.
The Matadors will say goodbye to four year Matador Mason Lomeli, three year Matadors Brian Carcerano and Shearson Unda and second year Matador Stephen Perez.
UCSB started their program in 2010-11. The Matadors beat UCSB twice in the regular season and then beat them in the first round of the PCHA playoffs in overtime. UCSB left the ACHA for the CIHA, the rival league to the ACHA, after their first season. This year they have a 7-4 overall record.
UCSD left the ACHA a few seasons ago and now play in the CIHA as well. They have had a good season, only losing their first game to Western Washington. They have an 11-1 overall record, have clinched first place in the California Conference of the CIHA and are ranked 7th in the Nation.
The last time the Matadors and Tritons played was during the 2010-11 season. The Matadors won 5-2. The Matadors also have a five game winning streak against UCSD dating back to the 2007-08 season.
Matadors ranked for first time in Division 2
Feb 1, 2014 10:47 PM
The fourth West Region ranking of the season came out Saturday night and the Matadors are ranked 13th.
This is the first time the Matadors have been ranked since the end of the 2011-12 season when they finished ninth in the Nation in Division 3. Below is a list of the entire ranking.
The Matadors are also still searching for another game to play to make up for the cancelled one. Continue to check back for updates.
1. Arizona State-Elite
2. Weber State
3. Northern Arizona
4. Utah State
6. San Jose State
7. Cal State Fullerton
9. Boise State
10. Loyola Marymount
11. Texas A&M
12. San Diego State
13. Cal State Northridge
14. Montana Tech
15. Arizona State-Pac 8
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