The Cyclones took on Waldof with for senior night Friday, Feb. 25, at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena, resulting in a 9-2 ISU victory. Photos: Jordan M…

Iowa State played Kent State on Friday, Jan. 13, the Ames/ISU Ice Arena. The Cyclones won 6-1. Photos: Rebekka Brown/Iowa State Daily

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.

Cyclone Hockey is coming off a successful weekend that saw the No. 5 Cyclones travel to Springfield, Missouri, and sweep then No. 12 Missouri State Ice Bears in a series that saw the return of forwards Colton Kramer and Jackson Graalum. The 5-0 and 5-4 victories helped the Cyclones reclaim the No. 5 spot in the ACHA Men’s Division I rankings after dropping to No. 6 during their break.

Over the course of its history, Iowa State has remained a big name when it comes to hockey in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) — an alternative governing body for collegiate hockey to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Cyclone Hockey has one ACHA Division I Championship, which it won in the 1991-92 season. The Cyclones have been the runner-up multiple times — most recently in the 2015-16 season.

Cyclone Hockey hit the road over the weekend to Bensenville, Illinois, to face off against the Robert Morris University-Illinois Eagles in a CSCHL matchup. The Cyclones split the road series, picking up a 3-2 win on Friday and dropping the game on Saturday 3-0. The Saturday loss ended a six-game winning streak that the Cyclones had started when they beat Ohio in October.

After suffering a 4-1 loss against the No. 3 Ohio Bobcats on Friday night, Cyclone Hockey was determined to bounce back on Saturday. That they did, winning the game 5-3 and giving the Bobcats their first loss of the season.

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