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UWS grateful to emerge from unique WIAC tournament conference champions

Created: March 14, 2021 11:06 PM

2011 was the last time the University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS) men's hockey team won a conference championship. On Friday night the Yellowjackets ended that decade long drought after clinching the 2021 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) title.

UWS rallied to overcome a two goal deficit and take down the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point 3-2 in regulation.

Overall, the Yellowjackets said, the tournament was a unique experience. UWS never played a semifinal game after top seeded University of River Falls had to cancel.

That automatically advanced fourth seeded UWS to the championship match where they battled the Pointers for the title.

"We never felt we were a fourth place team in the WIAC, so I think we had a chip on our shoulder anyway," head coach Rich McKenna said. "It was unconventional you know, we wanted to go through it, go through that gauntlet."

"Just from everything that's gone on we've definitely gotten closer as a team and been able to ride the highs and the lows and bring it even keel," said junior forward Chad Lopez. "[We] just keep managing and it's been a great group to do it with."

This marks the program's eighth overall conference title and McKenna's first as head coach since taking over the program in 2016.

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