The Matadors are ranked 14th in the first West Region ranking of the season.
This is the first time since moving up to Division 2 the Matadors have made the top 15 in the first ranking.
Below is the entire first ranking and an explanation of how the post season works.
1. Arizona State-Elite (10 first place votes)
2. Northern Arizona (1 first place vote)
3. Utah (1 first place vote)
4. Boise State
5. Montana Tech
6. Utah State
7. Weber State
8. San Jose State
9. Loyola Marymount
10. Arizona State-Pac 8
11. San Diego State
12. Cal State Fullerton
13. Long Beach State
14. Cal State Northridge
15. North Texas
*Utah is hosting Nationals, they will receive an auto bid no matter where they finish. The top ranked team will also receive an auto bid. The next eight teams will go to Regionals to determine the other two teams to represent the West Region at Nationals.
Matadors back home for one game against Chapman
Oct 29, 2014 11:16 AM
The Matadors will look to get back in the win column Saturday against Chapman after a strong showing at Northern Arizona last week.
The Matadors have a 4-0 record all time against the Panthers and have outscored them in those games 62-12. The Panthers are one of five Division 2 teams the Matadors have a perfect record against along with UCLA, Texas A&M, Texas State and Texas.
The Panthers are once again struggling to find success this season. They are just 1-5, their lone win coming in overtime against College of the Canyons, and have been outscored 64-20.
Matadors lose heart breaker to NAU
Oct 27, 2014 6:04 PM
Cameron McDonald scored with 2:54 remaining in regulation to lift the Ice Jacks over the Matadors 4-3.
The late goal spoiled the Matadors come back from down 3-1. Matt Alesse started the rally by scoring his first career power play goal at 3:17 of the second period. Alex Reints scored on a breakaway in the third to tie the score.
Zach Fader put NAU up first at 6:18. Reints scored his first of the game at 19:02 of the second. Ryan Greenspan and Ryan Thompson then answered for NAU.
The Matadors are 0-2 in WCHC conference play, tied with Long Beach State who is also 0-2. NAU is in first place with a 4-0 record. Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount are tied for second at 1-1 each.
Matadors drop first game in Flagstaff
Oct 25, 2014 1:00 AM
Northern Arizona jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and hung on the rest of the way to beat the Matadors 6-3.
Ben Russell struck first for NAU at 8:47. Zach Fader then increased the lead at 7:25. Jake Smets and Greg Park also potted goals late in the period.
The Matadors got their legs in the second and narrowed the gap to within two on goals from Andrew Monesi and Alex Reints. NAU struck back though on goals from Benoit Cousineau and Tyler Giovannetti.
In the third Reints scored his second of the game shorthanded.
The Matadors finish the two game series Saturday night at 8:30 PM. You can listen to the game by clicking on the broadcast link.
Matadors head to Flagstaff this weekend
Oct 21, 2014 2:53 PM
After going 4-1 on their longest home stand of the season the Matadors will head out on their first road trip this weekend to Flagstaff, AZ to take on Northern Arizona.
This will be the first time the Matadors will play NAU's Division 2 team. This will also be the Matadors first two WCHC conference games.
The Ice Jacks have become one of the power houses in the West Region. They have made Nationals two out of the last three years. Their first trip to Nationals wasn’t successful as they lost all three games and were outscored 20-3. But last season NAU did much better in a very tough pool. They went 1-2 losing to eventual National Champion New Hampshire by only two and beat Grand Valley State, who won the National Championship in 2011 and was runner up in 2012 and 2013, 6-2. They finished 9th in the Nation.
They have had a great start to this season as well going 6-1. Their only loss came in their first game of the season to Division 1 Arizona.
You can listen to both games by clicking on the broadcast link. Both games start at 8:30 PM.
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