Playing in a suspect conference, Akron knows any loss could prevent a good seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Zips made their first step against No. 10 New Mexico tonight, winning 3-1 in the opening night of the Westfield Insurance Cup.
Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Elliott Bradbrook and Ivan Sandoval scored against the Lobos' goaltender Mike Graczyk, a preseason All-American.
The Zips will play Alabama-Birmingham Sunday at 5 p.m.