ANGOLA, IND. – The Trine ACHA D2 men's hockey were once again featured in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) national rankings, released on Wednesday. The Thunder came in at sixth in this the second edition of the rankings.
The Thunder won their last two contests both against Michigan State University to improve to 14-0-2 on the season. The team continues its offensive dominance, still averaging nearly nine goals per game this season. The team features four skaters who have recorded more than 20 points this season. Freshman forward Brandon Bornkamp (Fort Wayne, Ind.) leads the team with 32 points including 12 goals and 20 assists. Sophomore forward Michael Rand (Langley, British Columbia) leads the team with 13 goals.
This is the second season that the ACHA has utilized computerized rankings for their men's Division 2 teams. The rankings determine the top 20 teams from four regions (Central, Northeast, Southeast and West).
The season's final rankings are used to determine which teams receive invites to the national championship tournament. Four teams from each region receive an invite to the national championships which take place in Columbus, Ohio. The top two teams in each region receive an automatic bid to the national tournament, while teams ranked 3-12 compete in a regional competition for the final two slots.
The Thunder will next compete when they take on Indiana University in a pair of home games on Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.