MCHC Round 2 Playoff Preview - Fordham vs. Hofstra
By Drew Mola / Fordham Hockey Online

Feb 21, 2006 -- The Fordham Rams will face off against the Pride of Hofstra University in the MCHC semi-final game this Saturday evening (February 25) at The Rinx in Hauppauge, Long Island. Game time is 8:15pm.

The 2 teams have met only once before this year, with Fordham coming away with a 6-4 home victory this past November 18th. The Fordham - Hofstra rivalry dates all the way back to the inception of the Hofstra program back during the 1985-86 season. On February 20, 1986 the two teams played to a 7-7 tie at Mitchell Field in Hempstead. Since then Fordham and Hofstra have met 37 times, the most of any current Fordham opponent. There has been no recent consistency when these teams meet head to head (see below). The winner of this game will face off against the winner of the Albany State - Fairfield match up which will be played simultaneously in the rink next to the Fordham game. The winners of these games will meet for the MCHC championship on Sunday,February 26 at 3:15pm also at The Rinx. Neither Fordham nor Hofstra have won a league championship, however the Pride have appeared in 2 championship games 1992-93 (vs. Siena) and 2004-05 (vs. Albany State).

Team matchups:

Hofstra University Pride:
10-3-1-2 87 GF 60 GA (League play) 1st place Island Region
12-7-1-2 120 GF 84 GA (Overall play) Ranked 12th in ACHA Atlantic Division
MCHC record 159-113-14-3 1682 GF 1246 GA - 17th year as MCHC member

Fordham University Rams:
14-2-0 91 GF 30 GA (League play) 1st place Central Region
19-4-0 129 GF 43 GA (Overall play) Ranked 9th in ACHA Atlantic Division
MCHC record 281-311-36-4 3130 GA 3283 GA - 36th year as MCHC member
All-time record 336-377-39-4 3749 GF 4012 GA

Head to head: Fordham has a 14-22-2-0 lifetime record versus Hofstra

Results of last 5 head to head meetings:
11/18/05Fordham 6Hofstra 4@ Ice Hutch
2/4/05Hofstra 4Fordham 2@ Ice Hutch
11/6/04 Hofstra 10Fordham 2@ Long Beach Arena
2/18/04Fordham 11Hofstra 1@ Ice Hutch (MCHC first round playoff)
2/13/04Hofstra 5Fordham 4@ Ice Hutch

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