Arizona hockey: No. 11 Wildcats defeat NAU, lose to No. 6 Delaware in home opener

Jason Bartel

The Wildcats showed some fight, but it wasn't enough to take down the higher-ranked Blue Hens Saturday night.

The Arizona hockey team should still be in a good place with their confidence even after struggling against a D2 opponent and losing to No. 6 Delaware.

The No. 11 Wildcats opened the home portion of their schedule this Friday against the NAU Icejacks.  Arizona got out to a 2-0 lead, but NAU came back to tie the game early in the third period.  But the Cats picked up a goal of their own in the third.  Steven Sisler kept the Icejacks from scoring again to give UA a 3-2 win.

No. 6 Delaware came to Tucson Saturday night after losing two games at No. 1 Arizona State, including an overtime loss on Friday.  The Blue Hens took an early 3-0 lead, but the Wildcats battled back and actually took a 4-3 lead.  Unfortunately, Delaware answered back with four more goals of their own to take the contest by a score of 7-4.

"I was pleased with the effort, to battle all the way back from three down to pull ahead was good to see," said head coach Sean Hogan.

Steven Sisler started both games in net.  Arizona goals on the weekend were scored by: Robbie Wilkinson (3), Shane Gleason (2), Alex O'Dea, and Jason Effertz.

Arizona remains at home this week as WCHL foes Colorado and Colorado State come to Tucson.  The Cats play CU Thursday night and then play CSU Friday and Saturday.  All games start at 7:30 PM at the TCC.

Around the WCHL

No. 1 Arizona State defeated No. 6 Delaware 7-2 and 3-2 (OT), defeated NAU 5-2

No. 3 Central Oklahoma defeated No. 23 Rutgers 10-1 and 4-3

No. 8 Oklahoma defeated No. 23 Rutgers 7-3 and 6-3

No. 20 Colorado State lost to Williston State JC 2-1, lost to No. 2 Minot State 9-4 and 4-0

Colorado DNP

WCHL Standings

Team Points
Arizona State 8
Arizona 5
Central Oklahoma 3
Colorado State 2
Oklahoma 2
Colorado 1
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Arizona Desert Swarm

You must be a member of Arizona Desert Swarm to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arizona Desert Swarm. You should read them.

Join Arizona Desert Swarm

You must be a member of Arizona Desert Swarm to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arizona Desert Swarm. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker