Four college hockey teams will meet on South Shore ice this weekend in a battle for the coveted Adams Cup.
The Aggies of U.C. Davis will be the top seed in the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association's 37th Annual Adams Cup Championship at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend kicks off with a doubleheader that starts Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The winners from each game will advance to finals Sunday at 11:45 a.m. Finals will begin immediately after a 9 a.m. game to determine third place.
In the first doubleheader Saturday, the first-place Aggies (11-1) will face Cal Sate Sacramento (2-10) at 4:30 p.m.
Leading U.C. Davis are PCHA's top three scorers, Gordon Dickson with 66 points, Lucas Digati with 43 points and Joey Koressel, who also has 43 points.
Matt Grindstoff, who managed seven goals and eight assists for 15 points during the regular season, leads the Sac State Hornets.
But it will be no easy task getting past Aggie goaltender Niklas Braun. Braun boasts a goals-against average of only 3.34 per game, which is a best for the season in the PCHA.
The game will last about two hours. Each game is tightly scheduled to ensure there are no time delays between games.
Game two of the doubleheader tournament will be between second-place Santa Rosa Junior College (9-3) and third-place Santa Clara University (6-6).
Fortified with six consecutive wins, the Santa Rosa Polar Bears are led by Josiah Nikkel, 33 points, Christopher Whitten, 23 points, and Aliaksei Kulikousky with 19 points. The Broncos of Santa Clara, supervised by the capable goaltending of Christina Wood, have equally strong offense led by Gage Emerson, Scott Fronsdahl and David Griffin.
Winners will face off on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. for the 37th Annual Adams Cup Championship Final.
Admission to each doubleheader is $5. All proceeds support the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association, which is completing its 41st season. Live streaming of each game may be secured through Black Dog Enterprises, http://www.blackdogenterprises.org/ProjectsBDLive-SJSU.php.
Adam's Cup History
The Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association's 37th annual Adams Cup Championship was held in South Lake Tahoe in 2004 and 2010. Cary Adams, who started the conference, donated the Adams Cup in 1976 with annual winners each year since. It has been won most by College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, five times, followed by U.C. San Diego, San Jose State and USC, each winning four times. Established in 1972, the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association is likely the oldest continuously operating college club hockey league in the U.S.