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Jimmie hockey heading to nationals

The Jimmie hockey team earned its first trip to the American College Hockey Association Division 1 national tournament as the 20-team bracket was released Wednesday.

University of Jamestown's Destin Robinson moves the puck with Bryson Yee following close behind in men's hockey action against Colorado State at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
University of Jamestown's Destin Robinson moves the puck with Bryson Yee following close behind in men's hockey action against Colorado State at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The Jimmie hockey team earned its first trip to the American College Hockey Association Division 1 national tournament as the 20-team bracket was released Wednesday.

The tournament is March 8-13 and will be played in Columbus, Ohio.

Although being ranked high enough for the tournament in 2016-17, the Jimmies as a first-year ACHA program were ineligible for the postseason. Jamestown (24-11-0-1) is 12th in the final regular-season poll and will face No. 5 Illinois on March 10 at 1:30 p.m.

UJ swept a pair of games against the Fighting Illini in Champaign on January 19-20-a 4-3 shootout and a 2-0 shutout. Illinois (22-8-0-2) has one more regular-season game scheduled, taking on Ohio University on February 24.

The Jimmies will play Minot State in a home-and-home series this Friday and Saturday, with Friday's game in Jamestown.

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This season, the Jimmies have played four teams (including Illinois) in this year's tournament. Jamestown is 1-6-0-1 against top-ranked Minot State, 2-0-0-0 against fourth-ranked Ohio and 2-1-0-0 against No. 13 Nevada-Las Vegas.

The winner of the March 8 game between Nevada-Las Vegas and No. 20 Drexel will play Ohio on March 9. That winner squares off against the Jamestown-Illinois winner on March 11.

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