Men’s ice hockey wins fourth ACHA national championship


Photo by Jake Deane

The men’s ice hockey team lines up ahead of the ACHA Division I National Championship Game against the University of Central Oklahoma on March 15. The Lions won the game by a final score of 8-3.

Jake Deane, Reporter

The Lindenwood men’s ice hockey team claimed their fourth American Collegiate Hockey Association, or ACHA, title on Tuesday night in an 8-3 win against the University of Central Oklahoma.

“Every day is a great day for hockey” is a common phrase heard around the St. Louis metro area. It is especially relevant for Lindenwood after their win over the defending champion Bronchos on Tuesday night. This is the fourth national title for the Lions, and it comes in their last year competing in the ACHA.

“This is such a tight-knit and hard-working group that came together and accomplished something that the majority of players don’t get to do,” starting goaltender Trent Burnham said. “I’m incredibly proud of these guys and very honored to be a part of this journey.”

Lindenwood had home-ice advantage throughout the tournament with it taking place at the Centene Community Ice Center. They entered the competition as the No. 1 seed.

The Lions started strong in the first period, tacking on two goals around the halfway point, but Central Oklahoma quickly battled back to head into intermission with the score being 2-2.

Forward Kyle Jeffers scored the lone goal in the second period, putting Lindenwood up 3-2 heading into the final period. Five straight goals by Lindenwood ultimately sealed the deal and gave the Lions their fourth title as they won 8-3.

Jeffers was awarded the MVP for the game, with two goals and one assist. Defender Caleb Price led the Lions in assists with three total. Burnham went 19-of-22 on saves, besting Central Oklahoma’s Benjamin Kelsch with 35-of-43.