In the final game in the East Florida Collegiate Hockey (EFCH) Conference, the Embry-Riddle Eagles ice hockey team beat out the Florida Institute of Technology Panthers 6-2, dominating on the ice. The Eagles took home the championship trophy, the Sodexo Cup, which was sponsored by the Embry-Riddle food services provider.
The final rankings of the conference are as such:
- Embry-Riddle Eagles
- Florida Institute of Technology Panthers
- Flagler College Saint
- Lynn University Fighting Knights
The first two games of the tournament took place on Friday, Feb. 10. In the first game of the conference, the Flagler College Saints faced off against the Florida Institute of Technology, with the Panthers coming away with the win. The final score was 9-2, in the Panther’s favor.
The second game of the night was that between Embry-Riddle and the Lynn University Fighting Knights. The Eagles beat out the Lynn University Saints by a five-point margin. The final score was 7-2, with Embry-Riddle advancing to the championship game on Saturday.
The losers of the first games, Lynn University and Flagler College, faced off for third place. Flagler won, 9-3, and secured third place in the tournament. Because of the loss, Lynn came in fourth in the tournament rankings.
The Embry-Riddle Eagles helped to form the EFCH Conference, which is expecting more teams to compete in the years to come. One such team is that of Stetson University, which formed recently. Hockey is becoming more popular among colleges and universities in eastern and northern Florida.
Embry-Riddle Eagles Hockey is open to all hockey-loving students at Embry-Riddle, regardless of gender.
Any students interested in becoming involved with the team should contact Dr. Ken Byrnes, the faculty advisor for the team. Dr. Byrnes is the Department Chair of the ERAU Flight Department, and has served as the faculty advisor for two years.
The coach of the Embry-Riddle Eagles ice hockey team is Bob Joyce, a Quality Assurance Manager in the Flight Training department.
Joyce played professional hockey in the NHL, as well as playing on the Canadian Olympic hockey team. Joyce played Left Wing for the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals, and the Winnipeg Jets, with a playing career lasting from 1988 to 2000.
The Embry-Riddle Eagles are a part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, playing in Division 3. The Florida Institute of Technology, Flagler College, and Stetson University teams are also in Division 3.