As soon as you can point to where in the rule book it says the pool winner is determined by record instead of points (unlike every other pool play contest in the world) OR where it provides tie-breaking procedures for ties in points, I’ll be happy.
As it stands with the rule book we have today, there was a tie for pool winner (because pool play = points), and no applicable tie-breaking procedures to follow because the rule book limits its given procedure to ties in records (for some strange reason, because again, pool play = points).
And if we want to get down to the nitty-gritty of why pools are determined by points, it’s because it can be very subjective to say one record is better than another. That’s precisely why you assign certain point values to wins and ties; so that everyone is on the same page as to what is better than what, and by how much.
“Oh, Hope had more wins!”
“Oh, Arkansas was unbeaten and defeated Hope!”
Fact is, both had the same number of points (4) … both records were equally good, per the point system being used in the pool standings on the ACHA tournament website. There is no “Hope had a better record” argument to be made.