Alabama Hockey’s Skating Into the Playoffs
The Division 2 Alabama Hockey Club team is headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
After an 13-5 season, and finishing fifth in the Collegiate Hockey South rankings, the team will head to Huntsville, Ala. next weekend to compete in the round of the CHS playoffs.
"We have faced a lot of adversity coming through the COVID season, but I think that made us hungrier and wanted to push harder, and we really came out and showed that Alabama Hockey is still kicking... and even as a part of a new conference, we are ready to make some waves," said team manager Cami Foley.
The Alabama Hockey Club Team started in 2005, created by students. Since then, the Frozen Tide created two well-performing programs: a D1 team that is a part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association and the D2 team that is a part of Collegiate Hockey Federation, specifically the South division, formerly known as the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC).
"We threw together a team of 20 guys who had never played together in their lives.. then,. we started winning games, and now everyone believes. The bar is set now," said Alabama Hockey Club president and defenseman T.J. Lancaster.
The D2 team plays at the Pelham Civic Center in Pelham, Ala. located about 50 miles east of Tuscaloosa.
"No one really expected anything from us, so we're just going out there and having fun," said Lancaster.
Alabama takes on Georgia Tech on Friday, March 4, 2022, at the Huntsville Ice Sports Center. The puck drop is set for 5:30 p.m. CST. The stream is TBD.