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Lindenwood Hockey gets back in Action this week.

Women's Hockey
Season Preview:
Women's team is moving up to the NCAA National Collegiate level (DI and DII women's hockey programs) The Lady Lions will play an NCAA independent schedule: 22 games against DI, 7 games against DIII and 5 games against former ACHA DI rivals Robert Morris (IL) and Grand Valley State. Last season the Lady Lions finished with a conference record and overall record of 33-3-2. The team won a fourth consecutive CCWHA title in a 3-0 win over Grand Valley State. In the ACHA Women's DI Championship Tournament, Lindenwood swept through pool play with wins over Michigan, GVSU and Rhode Island before losing to Michigan State in the Semifinal round. LU took third place in the tournament.

Lindenwood Women's Hockey opens the season at Wisconsin this weekend. The Badgers are Defending DI National Champions, the Badgers won an NCAA record 37 games last season.

Roster Changes:
The Lady Lions return only 9 players and will have 14 freshmen on the roster this season, including 2 freshmen goaltenders. Wisconsin set a NCAA record last season with 37 wins, and won its fourth NCAA National Championship over the last six years. LU women's hockey has recorded 1 loss against an NCAA DI opponent, 9-4-1 against NCAA DIII opponents, and 231-21-10 against ACHA opponents.
Lindenwood returns Kelsey Talbot who lead the team in points last season as a freshman with 26 goals, 25 assists in 35 games. Brett Lobreau was second on the team with 24 goals and 22 assists in 35 games.

Key Games:
It's hard to pick specific games since it is LU's first test of the NCAA level. Wisconsin series will give Lindenwood players and coaches an idea of how they compare to the best NCAA teams and where they need to go. Mercyhurst series on 10/28/11 and 10/29/11 will mark LU's first home games at the NCAA level. 1/4/12 at University of North Dakota will also be another big test for the Lady Lions. Lindenwood women's will have a total of 9 home games, two each vs. Division I opponents Mercyhurst and Robert Morris (PA) and five games vs. ACHA rivals Robert Morris (IL) and Grand Valley State.

Conference Coming Soon:
This week Lindenwood announced it had submitted an application to join College Hockey America (CHA) for the 2012-13 season. If accepted LU would join Penn State's women's program next season with the CHA's four current members, Mercyhurst, Niagara, Syracuse, and Robert Morris (PA) to make a six team conference giving the CHA an auto bid to the Women's NCAA Tournament.

Note: LU is ineligible for NCAA post season play during the university's NAIA-NCAA transition period.

Men's Hockey
Roster Changes
LU returns 10 players after losing 11 from the 2010-11 season, including Cory Spradling (35g 43a 78pts in 36 games), 2011 ACHA Player of the Year. LU's Robi Cavallari is also among the 2011 graduating class. Cavallari posted a 24-4-0 record last season (2180 mins, 1.88 GAA, .918 SV%)

The men's roster will see 11 freshmen and 4 transfers. Key newcomers include freshmen goaltender Kirk Coswell who posted a record with the Portage Terriers (MJHL). Coswell posted a 16-12-0 record, a 2.75 GAA and .907 SV%. Freshman forward Steve Brancheau put up 28 goals and 43 assists with the Motor City Metal Jackets (NAHL) the 71 pts was good for second on the team and third in the league. Nick Carey highly touted offensive defenseman joins the team from the St. Louis Bandits (NAHL). He finished the season with 10 goals and 27 assists in 57 games, fifth on the team in scoring.

Season Preview
Ex Blues defenseman, Rick Zombo enters his second season as Lindenwood's head coach, in his first season behind the bench the Lions posted a record of 34-4-0. The team won the 2010-11 CSCHL regular season title and swept through the early rounds of the 2011 ACHA Division I Championship before losing to Davenport University (MI) 2-3 in overtime in the National Championship. The 2011-12 season opens up on 9/30/11 with a home series vs. Minot State University. The Beavers finished ranked 9th in ACHA DI with a record of 27-2-4 last season Minot State comes into the series against LU after splitting an exhibition series with Briercrest College (Canada). The Beavers lost 3-4 in overtime on 9/16/11 and won 6-1 on 9/17/11.

Key Games:
LU faces tough road trips to Tempe AZ to face Arizona State University on Oct. 14th and 15th and on November 4th and 5th games in Norman, OK vs. Oklahoma Sooners. LU will get a chance to revenge it's loss in the Championship at Davenport in Grand Rapids, MI on 11/12 and 11/13/11. The Panthers
LU faces tough road trips to Tempe AZ to face Arizona State University on Oct. 14th and 15th and on November 4th and 5th games in Norman, OK vs. Oklahoma Sooners. LU will get a chance to revenge it's loss in the Championship at Davenport in Grand Rapids, MI on 11/12 and 11/13/11. Last season the two teams split the regular season series with LU picking up a shootout win and DU winning game II 3-2; and finally clinching the ACHA Championship by the same score in the first overtime

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