ALBERT LEA, Minn. – The Waldorf College hockey program is set to host the inaugural Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL) Tournament this weekend.
The three-day tournament begins on Friday at Albert Lea City Arena, located at 701 Lake Chapeau Drive. Live video of the six tournament games will be provided by the Waldorf sports information department at the following link: new.livestream.com/waldorfcollegestream.
Waldorf's radio station, KZOW 91.9 FM, will broadcast three contests on Saturday and Sunday's championship game. Listeners can catch the live play-by-play at kzowfm.com/listen.
Action on the ice begins on Friday with two first-round contests. Third-seeded University of Minnesota-Duluth (7-12) takes on sixth-seeded St. Mary's University (4-15) at 4 p.m. while fourth-seeded Michigan Technological University (6-9) meets fifth-seeded University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (7-12) at 8 p.m.
Tournament play resumes Saturday with the consolation game beginning at 12 p.m.
Waldorf (21-8-3) is ranked No. 12 in the latest American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II Central Region poll and earned the tournament's No. 1 seed with an 8-4 league record, sharing the regular-season conference title with No. 15 Robert Morris University (17-14).
Waldorf has received a first-round bye and opens the tournament in Saturday's 4 p.m. semifinal against the lowest-seeded team that moves on from opening-round action.
Second-seeded Robert Morris also earned a first-round bye and plays in Saturday's 8 p.m. semifinal against an opponent to be determined.
Sunday's championship game, scheduled for 2 p.m., pits the remaining two teams in a battle for the Philip E. Schroeder Memorial Trophy, also known as the Hap Cup. A tournament bracket can be viewed at the following link: NCHL Tournament bracket.
Ticket prices for each game are $5 for students and $7 for adults. No passes will be accepted during the tournament and tickets can be purchased before each contest at Albert Lea City Arena.
Comfort Inn & Suites By Carlson, located at 2214 E. Main St. in Albert Lea, has been designated as the official NCHL Tournament Headquarters. For more information on rates, call (507)373-5513.