ICHC Conference Tournament
2/14: 3:45PM IU @ Purdue
2/14: 4:15PM IPFW @ BSU
2/15: 10:45AM Consolation Game
2/15: 11:15AM Championship Game
IU and Purdue Meet for Chance at Crossroads Cup
When two schools have a rivalry that spans over a century, it may be considered difficult to find a way to up the stakes. The IU-Purdue hockey teams may have found a way to up the ante on the ice come Saturday afternoon.
The two schools will face-off in the inaugural ICHC Conference Tournament in Fishers, IN for a chance to play in the conference championship, and to take home the Crossroads Cup.
This will be the 4th meeting between the two teams this season, with the first three not ending well for the Hoosiers.
All three contests took place in October, with the first one being in the conference showcase in Fort Wayne.
That first game was a tight one, with Purdue squeezing out a 3-2 win.
The next two matchups wouldn’t be so close.
IU traveled to Fishers to play Purdue in a pair of contests later in October, and would lose both at scores of 11-6 and 7-4.
Despite the struggles against Purdue this year, the Hoosiers are still confident they are capable of knocking off the Boilermakers. Especially with the way they have played recently.
In the home stretch of the season the Hoosiers played six games against ranked opponents, totaling eight points in those games and a 3-1-2 record.
Although the Hoosiers finished strong down the stretch, they were snubbed from their first Top 15 ranking since 2010, finishing one spot out of the rankings.
Who was the team who took the final spot from IU? Purdue.
The Hoosiers will be looking to send a statement that the final spot should’ve belonged to them.
The winner of Saturday’s matchup between IU and Purdue will play against the winner of IPFW and Ball State in Sunday’s conference championship at 11:15AM.
IU will be looking to make program history this weekend, not only by trying to bring home the first ever Crossroads Cup, but also the team will set the Division 3 program record for wins in a season with just one more win.
What to Watch For
The Hoosiers enter the conference tournament finishing the regular season with a 12-11-4 record, good for 28 points in 27 games. The leading scorers for IU in the regular season were Nick Kleva, Tyler Christensen, and Nate Mika, who had 50 points, 33 points, and 28 points respectively. Ben Seinfeld and Justin Madigan both split the pipes for IU for much of the season putting up comparable statistics. IU's PP% for the season was 22.38%, and PK% was 79.82%.
Purdue finished the regular season with a 9-8-2 record, 20 points in 19 games. The leading scorers for Purdue this year were John Vanvilet, Rhett Schaefer, and Nick Scheider who had 36 points, 26 points, and 21 points each. The Boilermakers also split much of their net between two goalies, Sam Martinez and John Cassady. Purdue had a PP% of just 16.95%, but a strong PK% of 86.54%.
Ball State Cardinals
Ball State's regular season record was 5-15-0, 10 points in 20 games. Their leading scorers were Brock Frazer, Kyle Terhune, and Reese Miller who had 45 points, 24 points, and 18 points each. The Cardinals also had a shared net, splitting goaltending duties between Macklan Hayes and Pat Lawson. Ball State's PP% was 16.96%, and PK% was 81.20%.
IPFW won the ICHC regular season title going 4-1-1 in conference play, as well as 18-14-1 overall on the season. The Dons were led by Tyler Mason, Brendan Lewis, and Rich Sorensen who all had over 50 points, with Mason and Lewis having 59 and Sorensen having 53. Nathan Pratt is the leading goaltender for IPFW, with 13 wins and a SV% of 85.1%. Their PP% is 15.90%, and PK% 79.14%.
The Hoosiers lead the all time series vs. Ball State 4-1.
2/7/14 - Indiana 7 Ball State 5
2/8/14 - Indiana 11 Ball State 2
10/3/14 - Indiana 5 Ball State 2
10/4/14 - Indiana 8 Ball State 3
10/10/14 - Indiana 4 Ball State 5
Purdue leads the all-time series 5-3.
1/29/11 - Indiana 4 Purdue 13
11/9/12 - Indiana 3 Purdue 2
11/10/12 - Indiana 6 Purdue 2
10/11/13 - Indiana 1 Purdue 4
10/12/13 - Indiana 5 Purdue 4
10/12/14 - Indiana 2 Purdue 3
10/24/14 - Indiana 7 Purdue 11
10/25/15 - Indiana 4 Purdue 7
IPFW leads the all time series over IU 7-3-1.
12/11/09 - Indiana 5 IPFW 2
12/12/09 - Indiana 3 IPFW 3
10/1/10 - Indiana 2 IPFW 7
10/2/10 - Indiana 4 IPFW 7
2/4/11 - Indiana 2 IPFW 5
2/5/11 - Indiana 5 IPFW 3
1/27/12 - Indiana 1 IPFW 9
1/28/12 - Indiana 2 IPFW 6
10/11/14 - Indiana 2 IPFW 6
1/23/15 - Indiana 3 IPFW 2
1/24/15 - Indiana 4 IPFW 11
2010 - present
2010 - present