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CYAH: Hockey Returns to NC State

Thursday, 03.31.2011 / 2:08 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Kalee Stoever
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CYAH: Hockey Returns to NC State
Kalee Stoever
On Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m., hockey returned to NC State’s campus as the second annual NC State Ball Hockey Shootout was underway.

The tournament, put on by Campus Recreation and supported by the Carolina Hurricanes, attracted 14 teams of eight, an increase from nine at last year’s event. Even though it was an early weekend morning (especially for a college student) with registration starting at 8 a.m, each participant showed up ready to compete for the trophy and defend their pride. Teams made up of both male and female players of varying skill level grabbed their sticks and hit the rinks anticipating their first game.

The tournament took place at the outdoor basketball courts off of Cates Avenue behind Carmichael Gymnasium. The Hurricanes provided all of the necessary equipment, setting up two rinks as well as a practice/warm-up area. Along with all the necessary playing equipment, the Hurricanes Promotions team brought giveaways for every participant, including All-Star Game programs and several different posters. Each individual on the winning team received a prize pack, consisting of a t-shirt, towel, bobblehead, Storm Squad calendar and two tickets to the game on March 30 against Montreal. 

The tournament featured a four-on-four structure, with three players and one goalie playing at once per team. Each team was guaranteed two games in pool play, before the top two teams in each of the four pools moved on to the final rounds. The final rounds were single elimination and saw some competitive action. The 15-minute games moved quickly, and The Benders, comprised of NC State Club Hockey players, had defended their title and won the championship for the second year in a row against a very talented team with a terrific goalie who called themselves Tiger Blood.

As the long day of hockey came to an end, the teams congratulated each other on a well played tournament and the players and spectators headed home. For the second year in a row, the tournament was a hit and helped the Hurricanes’ and NC State’s efforts to promote the game of hockey on campus. The Hurricanes look forward to being part of this tournament next year, and we’ll see if The Benders can defend their title for the third consecutive year!


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45