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Tech hockey rides momentum into national tourney

By Eric Dutkiewicz, 03/14/19, 2:15PM EDT


Warriors have won first WHAC Tourney Title, in midst of school record win streak

National Championship Final
#2 Midland 1
#1 Indiana Tech 2
Pool Play | Thursday Final
#6 Concordia Ann-Arbor 2
#1 Indiana Tech 6
National Semi-Final Final
#3 Lindenwood-Belleville 1
#1 Indiana Tech 2
Pool Play | Friday Final
#5 Waldorf 2
#1 Indiana Tech 5

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Indiana Tech continue riding a wave of momentum in this weekend's NAIHA National Tournament.

The top-seeded Warriors (31-3) have won 26-straight games this season after knocking off No. 6 Concordia-Ann Arbor in the first day of pool play Thursday in Antioch, Tennessee.

Earlier this month, Tech hockey clinched its first ever Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.

"You always hope it comes together as it has to this point," head coach Frank DiCristofaro tells "We have a certain approach. The seniors have put the framework together up to this point, and guys are buying in and all going in the same direction."

Players and coaches alike admit that while they have a streak and the hardware to prove their success, each game from here on out--and every game has been so far--is viewed as a new season.

"Every game is different," winger Alex Gregorich says. "We all understand there's a bigger whole. It's not just individuals. We have a team aspect. We're a team group. Everyone's got their role. Everyone knows what they're going to do."

Indiana Tech hired DiCristofaro five years ago to start the Tech hockey program. In the time since, he has recruited a roster with an international flare and relied on a number of 5th-year seniors who have built Indiana Tech into one of the best programs in the nation.

"Being a part of this team is most fun I've had in hockey - ever," winger Jarrett Pfeiffer says. "From the beginning with 8 wins to a 25-game win streak in my last year is unreal."

The goal of the Warriors is simple: improvement. After that 8-25-1 finish in Year 1, Tech had season win totals of 21, 17, 22 and 31 (and counting). After losing in the WHAC Tournament semi-finals a year ago at SportONE/Parkview Icehouse, Tech beat conference foes Aquinas and host Michigan-Dearborn convincingly in this year's league tourney.

Indiana Tech is one of 5 colleges that partners with Parkview Sports Medicine for athletic training, nutrition, athletic rehabilitation and orthopedic services for Warrior student-athletes.