Pac-8 hockey championships return to South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena
2016 Pac-8 Hockey Championships
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 5-7
at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena
(4) Washington State vs. (5) USC, 4:30 p.m.
(3) Washington vs. (6) Oregon, 7:30 p.m.
Fifth place game, 1 p.m.
Highest remaining winner vs. (2) Utah, 4:30 p.m.
Lowest remaining winner vs. (1) California, 7 p.m.
Third place game, 10 a.m.
Championship, 1 p.m.
Tickets: $15 championship, $10 all other games
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — For the second straight year, South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena will host big-name schools from the West and crown a champion on the ice. The Pac-8 Championships return to the arena Friday through Sunday, Feb. 5-7, again bringing collegiate club hockey to the South Shore.
“The entire community has been great to us and we’re thrilled to be back,” Pac-8 executive director AJ Boldan said. “We couldn’t ask for a better place to host the tournament.”
The three-day tournament begins Friday, Feb. 5, and ends with the championship on Sunday, Feb. 7. The Pac-8 features seven club hockey teams from Pac-12 Conference schools and competes as part of American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Div. II — the second of three national tiers of club hockey.
“It’s the best the league has and there are great teams coming in,” Boldan said. “It’s going to be seven great games of hockey.”
Utah beat Oregon 5-1 in last year’s title game held in South Lake Tahoe, marking the first time in the history of the conference that its championships were held at a neutral site. This year the Skatin’ Utes (8-0 season record) earned the second seed after five months of regular season action, and received a first-round bye along with California (9-5).
The six-team tournament opens up Friday with a pair of first-round games. Fourth-seeded Washington State (2-8) faces fifth-seeded USC (9-5) at 4:30 p.m. followed by third-seeded Washington (9-2-1) playing sixth-seeded Oregon (4-10-1) at 7:30 p.m.
In the semifinals Saturday, Feb. 6, Utah will host the highest winning seed at 4:30 p.m. with California playing the lowest winning seed at 7 p.m. The losers of each first round game will meet for fifth place at 1 p.m.
Sunday’s action begins at 10 a.m. with the semifinal losers playing for third place. The Pac-8 championship game will be contested at 1 p.m.
Tickets will be sold on a per-game basis, with admission $15 for Sunday’s championship and $10 for all other games. For more information on the tournament, visit http://www.pac8hockey.com or http://www.tahoearena.com.
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