Thursday, February 17, 2011

ACHA Tournament Pairings Announced (Updated)

Yesterday afternoon, the ACHA tweeted (in three parts: 1, 2, 3) the pairings, schedule (for the first day) and bracket (sort of) for the national championship tournament, set to begin March 5th at the University of Delaware. They then followed up with the much-more-complete PDFs of the bracket and schedule early this morning. If you can't read the following adaptation of the bracket PDF, scroll down for most of the same information (minus the heavily-butchered PSU logo) in text form. Or click on the link two sentences ago, either way is good with me.

Saturday, March 5th

No. 3 Ohio vs. No. 14 Canton, 10:00 a.m., Fred Rust Ice Arena
No. 6 Minot State vs. No. 11 Oakland, 11:00 a.m., Gold Arena

No. 2 Davenport vs. No. 15 Rutgers, 1:00 p.m., Fred Rust Ice Arena
No. 7 Rhode Island vs. No. 10 Penn State, 2:00 p.m., Gold Arena

No. 1 Lindenwood vs. No. 16 Slippery Rock, 4:00 p.m., Fred Rust Ice Arena
No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 9 Oklahoma, 5:00 p.m., Gold Arena

No. 5 Delaware vs. No. 12 Robert Morris (IL), 7:00 p.m., Fred Rust Ice Arena
No. 4 Adrian vs. No. 13 Stony Brook, 8:00 p.m., Gold Arena

The Fred Rust Ice Arena is an Olympic-sized (200' x 100') sheet, while the Gold Arena is NHL-sized (200' x 85').

Sunday, March 6th

Ohio/Canton vs. Minot State/Oakland, 10:00 a.m., Fred Rust Ice Arena
Davenport/Rutgers vs. Rhode Island/Penn State, 1:00 p.m., Fred Rust Ice Arena
Lindenwood/Slippery Rock vs. Arizona State/Oklahoma, 4:00 p.m., Fred Rust Ice Arena
Delaware/Robert Morris (IL) vs. Adrian/Stony Brook, 7:00 p.m., Fred Rust Ice Arena

The consolation games for Saturday's losers (9th, 11th, 13th and 15th place games) will all take place in Gold Arena at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Which teams go where on Sunday won't be decided until teams start to lose games on Saturday.

Semifinals and Championship

After a day off Monday for 12 of the 16 teams to blow town, teams are re-seeded for the semifinals, which take place Tuesday, March 8th at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Fred Rust Ice Arena. The championship game is Wednesday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m., also at Fred Rust.


  1. Hi kyle,
    Thank you for posting this. Also, I was just wondering how you were able to get the ticket for $7.50. They're charging $15 per session here at the UD box office(I live in PA 20 minutes from UD), if theres a promo code or something,could you please let me know, I have 2 boys and any savings helps, especially since i'm hoping to attend a few Icers games:)Thank you very much

  2. Hey Matt -

    No problem...I wish I could help with the secret half-off discount they gave me, but I didn't get one. I actually have two tickets for each session, one for each rink (Gold and Rust). So really, they just split the $15 adult charge over the two tickets. I assume there's no common entrance to the two, which required that they do that (been a long time since I've been there).


  3. Hi Kyle,
    Thanks for your reply. Yes, they are 2 different arenas in the same parking lot but no common entrance between the two. It sucks we'll be playing in the gold arena, it is much smaller than Rust and if memory serves has no concessions(maybe for the tourney they'll set them up in gold too)You can go from arena to arena though according to this website:
    It also says kids 5 and under are FREE! YES! I have a 5 and 3 year old!
    Good thing I looked at this because when I went to the UD box office they didn't know of a kids rate so i figured I'd wait to see if any discounts became available:)Thanks for your help and see you and the Icers in 2 weeks!
    P.S.If you need a place to eat, Main Street in Newark has everything, not too far from the arena.

  4. So it all makes sense now - nice find on the website too, hadn't seen that yet! It's kind of unfortunate, because if you have a common lobby, especially one that's upstairs, you can sort of monitor both games easily and go into which one's better. Right now, it looks like most of the better games are in Gold on the first day until Delaware plays, including PSU obviously. I'm sure my wife will love it in there lol...

    Good to hear you found a 100% off discount for two in your party too!