Conference Tournament Preview

February 13th, 2020

Origianlly posted:, February 12, 2020 1:18 PM CST


Marquette DII:


Hap Cup Preview:

After 15 weeks of conference play it all comes down to this as the Blue Line Family Ice Center in Fond du Lac, WI and Marian University host the 2020 NCHL Conference Tournament. The six teams battling for the Hap Cup consist of Marian University, Aurora University, Concordia University WI, Marquette University, Lewis University and DePaul University.

As with the past three conference tournaments, Marian and Aurora have earned first round byes by virtue of finishing 1st and 2nd in the regular season standings, respectively. Both teams enter this tournament looking strong and could meet up in the finals for a third straight time. This season’s conference tournament will be missing two teams, Robert Morris University – Maroon and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, for the first time in its history. But there is new blood taking their place as Lewis University ends a three year drought and Concordia makes the field for the first time.

With Marian and Aurora safely in the semifinals they will have to wait for the conclusions of Friday’s quarterfinal matchups to see who their opponents will be. Getting the tournament started on Friday is the matchup between #4 seed Marquette and #5 seed Lewis University, following them will be #3 seed Concordia against #6 seed DePaul. Depending on how those games shake out the lowest seeded winner will then face Marian, while the highest seeded winner will take on Aurora on Saturday.

While it looks like Marian and Aurora are the front runners once again, nothing can be taken for granted as each team will be giving their all and anything can happen when it is one and done.

Quarterfinal #1:

#4 seed Marquette University v. #5 seed Lewis University:

Kicking off the 2020 NCHL Conference Tournament on Friday evening are #4 seed Marquette University and #5 seed Lewis University. Marquette concluded their regular season last weekend against Marian University, falling in both games. So, they will be looking to rebound from those results and look at the conference tournament as a fresh start. Lewis had last weekend off, giving them a weekend to prepare for this battle and come in rested.

Marquette and Lewis met for their regular season series the weekend of November 15th. The opening game of the series was won by Marquette, 4-2, but Lewis came back and won the finale 6-3. Since that series, Marquette played three more conference series, compiling a 3-3 record, and Lewis also played three more conference series with a 1-5 record. Each team struggled as they finished the regular season, but all it takes is one game to provide a spark that could carry one of them to the top.

One player not to be overlooked is Marquette’s Patrick Sweeney as he finished the regular season tied for sixth in goals (11), tied for ninth in assists (14), and eighth in points (25). Five of those 11 goals came against Lewis, giving him a good feeling coming into this matchup. Nathan Farias is a second Marquette player to watch. While Farias did not have as good of a season this year as he did last season, when he led the league in points, he still finished the regular season with seven goals, good for second on the team, and 10 points.

Chris Estey and Matthew Moro will need to be watched by Marquette. Estey finished the regular season tied for sixth in goals (11) and had four assists. During their regular season meeting, Estey found the back of the net in each game, for a two point weekend. Moro, a rookie, compiled seven goals and nine assists during the regular season, with two of his goals and two of his assists coming against Marquette.

Marquette DIII:


Marquette DIII will travel to Springfield, IL for the MACHA Conference Championship.  The top 4 teams from the MACHA Bronze division will square off on Friday and Saturday in hopes of capturing the conference championship.   


Marquette University captured the #1 seed in their first ever official season as an ACHA team and member of the MACHA.  They will kick off the conference tournament against a familiar opponent in Wheaton College who they had swept earlier in the season.  The other bronze divisional game will see #3 Bradley vs. #2 Nothern Illinois. 


The winner of each game will square off on Saturday afternoon for the Championship trophy.  




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