Oakland University will be making their sixth straight ACHA D-II National Tournament appearance this week in Rochester, N.Y., when they face off against GMHL rival Indiana University this Thursday.
The Golden Grizzlies will be looking for their second national title in three years.
"We worked hard all season with a tough schedule and I think it will help us in these games," OU head coach Sean Hogan (pictured above) said. "Playing tough competition night in and night out helped us prepare for this tournament."
The tournament opens with a round-robin format where (Central Region No. 2 seed) OU will take on (No. 3 Southeast) Indiana University, (No. 4 West) University of Colorado and then rival (No. 1 Northeast) Stoneybrook University.
Oakland defeated Stoneybrook in overtime in the national semifinal during their 2004 national championship run.
"It will be a long hard road," Oakland assistant coach J.R. Dunn (right) said. "The year we won it all we won two overtime games. I have stressed to the guys all week that we need to be focused and ready each game."