Alabama hockey reaches Elite 8 in first CHF Tournament appearance
by WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Javon Williams
In its second season, the University of Alabama’s Division II hockey team reached the College Hockey Federation National Tournament. This was a huge accomplishment, and it turns out that the “D2” team was just getting started.
Alabama began the CHF Federation Cup Tournament with three consecutive wins, before falling to Babson College, 3-1 in the Elite 8 on Monday morning in West Chester, PA. Still, the team was able to showcase its talent.
“I’m super proud of this team,” defensiveman James Martin said last week. “We have been working hard since the beginning of this year. It’s crazy how far we have come.”
“We finally have an opportunity to show the other teams in this league how good we really are and how good we can become,” goalie Aaron Roe said last week.
Among the victories that Alabama was able to pick up at the CHF “Fed Cup” were wins over USF(4-2), Georgia(4-2), and New Hampshire(8-2).
The team’s head coach Greg Dreveny is proud of his young program.
“It just seems like every game, the wins got bigger and bigger, and the guys believed more in themselves.” Dreveny said. “As they believe more in themselves, it gets easier for me as a coach, cause I just kind of stand back and let them happen.”