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Monday, March 05, 2007

Oakland captures ACHA D-I title

Oakland University moved up to Division I this year in the ACHA after a national title last season at the Division II level.

New year, same results.

The No. 10 Golden Grizzlies topped the No. 1-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, 5-1, Sunday behind four goals (two shorthanded) from senior Will McMahon.

"This championship is extra special," said OU head coach Sean Hogan. "Every team we played in this tournament has their own rink on campus. It just proves that all the bells and whistles don't always equate to success. Hard work, character and team work lead to success and we proved that here."

OU had beaten No. 3 Illinois, 3-2, in the semifinals Saturday for the right to play for the championship.

"We always knew that we had the heart to win the big games," Hogan said. "Now we are showing it on the ice."

Brent Cooper added an empty-net against PSU and goaltender Collin Chase made 46 saves.

"I thought we were playing really well and Penn State was having a tough time beating Chase in net," stated McMahon. "I thought if we could just get one we were going to be able to pop in a few more."

"We have done nothing but win here," senior forward Jordan Ingram said. "If you told me that first year, that in four years we would beat Penn State Univeristy for the D-I national title, I'd say you were crazy.

"But we did!"

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