College hockey arrives at South Shore rink |

College hockey arrives at South Shore rink

Darin Olde, Tribune staff writer

College-level hockey is on its way to South Shore this fall and next spring.

The club hockey team from the California State University, Sacramento has arranged to play all of its home games at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.

The Sacramento State Hornets secured a lower rate for ice time at the South Shore facility than at Skatetown, in Roseville, where they have played for the last four years.

The Hornets open their season Oct. 12 in South Shore against perennial rivals, the University of California, Davis. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. Tickets last year were $5. Ticket prices for this year were unavailable.

The team, which competes in the Pacific Coast Hockey League, has seven home games from October to March. Five of the seven games are in October to avert problems on roadways and passes during winter.

Santa Rosa, West L.A. , San Jose State and UC Irvine are among the schools who will play at South Shore. Most of the games are on Saturdays.

“As far as the fans go, it’s going to tap into the base a little bit because I don’t think they’re going to want to make the commute,” said Jim Copel, the team’s coach of the last two years. “But then again, it’s Tahoe; it’s not like we’re going to the Bay Area.”

The team has drawn as many as 400 spectators at the Roseville facility, particularly during years when their home games have been early.

The team finished at 3-2-11 last year in league after losing most of its talent two years ago.

The Hornets have been rebuilding since, said Copel.

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