“We’re excited to have the PAC-8 Tournament back in Southern California,” said Mark Wilbur, head coach for USC. “We last hosted in 2003, and this will be the first time that we’re hosting the tournament with a six-team format."
Anaheim, CA (Vocus) February 18, 2010
Intercollegiate ice hockey descends upon Orange County as the University of Southern California Trojans host the PAC-8 Conference Championships on February 19-20, 2010, at The Rinks – Anaheim Ice in downtown Anaheim.
Teams from USC, Arizona State University, University of California – Berkeley, University of California – Los Angeles, University of Oregon, and University of Washington will face off for the conference crown.
“We’re excited to have the PAC-8 Tournament back in Southern California,” said Mark Wilbur, head coach for USC. “We last hosted in 2003, and this will be the first time that we’re hosting the tournament with a six-team format.” Prior to the 2008-2009 season, only four teams qualified for the tournament.
On February 19, the first puck drops at 9:00am as the fifth-seeded USC Trojans take on crosstown rival UCLA, the fourth seed. In the other game of the morning, No. 3 ASU squares off against No. 6 Cal-Berkeley.
No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Washington receive first-round byes, and both will commence play later in the day during the second round games against the winners from the morning games. A consolation game for fifth place will also be played.
Then on Saturday, February 20, the Championship and third place games will be played in the evening. The third place game will start at 4:45pm, and the Championship Game will begin at 7:30pm.
The full schedule is as follows:
Friday, February 19 – First Round
9:00am – #4 UCLA vs. #5 USC
9:00am – #3 ASU vs. #6 Cal
Friday, February 19 – Second Round
4:30pm – Fifth Place Consolation game (losing teams from First Round)
7:00pm – #2 Washington vs. TBD (higher-seeded winning team from First Round)
7:30pm – #1 Oregon vs. TBD (lower-seeded winning team from First Round)
Saturday, February 20
4:45pm – Third Place Consolation game
7:30pm – Championship Game
All games will be played at The Rinks - Anaheim Ice, the home rink for the Trojans and the official practice facility for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. Tickets start at $15 for game sessions and $30 for an All-Tournament pass. Discounts are available for students, police/fire/military personnel, and large groups.
For additional information on the 2010 PAC-8 Championship Tournament hosted by USC Ice Hockey, please contact Johnny Nguyen or visit PAC-8 Hockey
About the PAC-8 Conference:
The PAC-8 Hockey Conference was founded in 1995, as a competitive intercollegiate ice hockey conference composed of those PACIFIC-10 schools with university sanctioned ice hockey programs. The current PAC-8 members are: Arizona State University, University of California – Berkeley, University of California – Los Angeles, University of Oregon, University of Southern California, Stanford University, University of Washington, and Washington State University. As members of the Western Region of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), PAC-8 teams play a diverse schedule of conference teams and against over 100 other universities and colleges teams within the ACHA, either on the West Coast or across the country. All teams are required to abide by ACHA rules and regulations, as well as on-ice NCAA rules. PAC-8 teams also must follow additional conference on-ice and academic eligibility requirements.
About USC Ice Hockey:
Established in 1923, USC Ice Hockey is a student-run organization under the auspices of University of Southern California’s Recreational Sports department. The team plays in the PAC-8 Conference, and is a sanctioned member of USA Hockey and the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), the national governing body of non-lettering college hockey. USC Ice Hockey plays approximately 25 games a season, playing teams locally, nationally, and even internationally. In 2002, USC Ice Hockey became the first American collegiate hockey team to visit China, as well as play against their national team.