Cyclone Hockey faced the Illinois State Redbirds on Saturday, with the Redbirds defeating the Cyclones 3-1. The Cyclones split the weekend with Illinois State.

The Iowa State hockey team had a solid first weekend against the Waldorf Warriors. The Cyclones started the weekend strong with a 6-0 Iowa State victory and the other was a low-scoring 2-1 overtime victory against the Warriors on Saturday. 

Cyclone Hockey will have its first game of the season 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena for the team’s home opener against Waldorf University. On Saturday, the Cyclones will travel to Albert Lea to face Waldorf at its home rink.

Post-season is in full swing for the Cyclones, as they started things out with the CSCHL Playoffs last weekend. The Cyclones matched up against the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday, where they lost 2-1 to the Ohio team that ended up falling to Lindenwood in the CSCHL Championship game.

The No. 5 Cyclones returned home to finish off the regular season in a series against the No. 9 University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. The Cyclones split the weekend with the Bronchos, losing 4-3 in the first game and winning 4-1 in the second game.

College hockey endures one of the longest seasons in collegiate sports. Practices and workouts start as early as August, while games can start in September and last until late March, creating pressure between the nets and inside the classroom.

The Cyclones are coming off a weekend that saw them split with then No. 23 Colorado State Rams, with the Cyclones picking up a 3-0 shutout victory Friday and dropping the game Saturday 2-1. The series against the Rams ended the Cyclones' long homestand, which saw them host Robert Morris Illinois, Illinois, Lindenwood and Colorado State.

The No. 4 Cyclones faced the No.1 Lindenwood Lions in the second game of their American Collegiate Hockey Association top five and Central States Collegiate Hockey League matchup. The Lions swept Cyclone Hockey, winning 2-1 in a shootout Friday and 5-3 on Saturday. The Lions clinched the conference title after their win over the Cyclones on Friday.

The Cyclones are coming off a successful weekend sweep against Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) rival Illinois, which saw the Cyclones beat the Fighting Illini 4-1 and 6-3. The Cyclones improved their record to 17-5 and their conference record to 5-5 on the season, while maintaining the No. 4 spot in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division I rankings.

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