Last year, former head coach of the University of Utah hockey program Jon Bertangnolli had a wild idea. For every school year, the major collegiate teams from the state would gather together for one weekend and challenge each other to see who deserved to be called the best of state.
Flash-forward one year, and the honor of hosting the cup fell to Weber State University, and we did not disappoint. The team and the crowds did their parts to fill the stands of the Weber County Ice Sheet with the sights and sounds of a contest of champions.
For the WSU men’s hockey team, they put forth one of their best efforts of the year. On Firday, they fought valiantly against in-state rival Utah State University but lost in the end by a score of 4-2.
They returned to the ice on Saturday evening to face off against Brigham young University, where at the end of 60 minutes the team stood triumphant with a score of 6-3. The team placed third for the second consecutive year while the University of Utah emerged as tournament champions, knocking off Utah State by a score of 6-2.
The team will travel to Logan, where they will compete against Utah State, Montana Tech and BYU in the Mountain West Collegiate Hockey League tournament. After that, the team will enter in to the final phase of their season in the Western Regional tournament.