The MACHA All-Stars won all five of their games and brought home the Championship at the ACHA All-Star Challenge!
In the picture Alex Hare, Billy Lyne, Mark Greenberg, Mike Hansen, Troy Hickey and Ian Kalanges (L to R)
Over this past weekend, the MACHA All-Stars took on the best players in the nation as they traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the ACHA All-Star Challenge. Players representing NIU were forwards Mike Hansen and Mark Greenberg, defensemen Billy Lyne and Troy Hickey, and goalie Alex Hare. NIU GM Ian Kalanges was also with on the trip to help manager the team.
The MACHA All-Stars dominated the whole tournament winning all 5 of their games. In the 4 preliminary games they won 7-3 vs the SECHA, 17-0 vs the WCHC, 10-0 vs Team West, and 9-0 vs the TSCHL. With those 4 wins, it advanced the MACHA All-Stars to the Championship game were they won 3-0 against the MACH and proved they are by far the best conference in the nation! The MACHA would out score opponents 46-3 in the tournament along with 4 shutouts!
The 5 NIU players who were on the MACHA All-Stars represented NIU very well. Mike Hansen and Mark Greenberg both had three goals on the weekend. Defensemen Billy Lyne had a goal and played a very defensive game all weekend. Defensemen Troy Hickey racked up many assists and also played a very defensive game as well. Goalie Alex Hare recorded a shutout and a shared shutout along with not letting in a goal the whole tournament stopping all 43 shots he faces in the 1.5 games he played in.
Congrats to all five NIU players and the MACHA on a great weekend! This marks the end of Billy Lyne's NIU career but Mike Hansen, Mark Greenberg, Troy Hickey and Alex Hare will all be back for the Huskies next season. The 2012-2013 has come to a close but the 2013-2014 season gets rolling next weekend with the Huskies first prospect skate.