Mike Johnson leads the Lakers with 10 points in six games
Lakers cruise through weekend
By Chris Moore
The Grand Valley State University Lakers Hockey team opened their home season this weekend against Central Michigan University on Friday and Ferris State University on Saturday.
GVSU came out strong Friday in front of a near capacity crowd, scoring four goals in the first period. CMU fought back and made it a 4-2 game halfway through the second, but GVSU sealed the game by scoring the final two goals, winning by a score of 6-2. Robb Higgins and Jeff Tejchma each scored two goals and Chris Moore had 31 saves in the victory.
On Saturday GVSU faced off against Ferris State, who had played the University of Michigan to a 4-4 tie the night before. GVSU and Ferris each added one goal in the first. Rick Lehman came alive in the second scoring two slapshot goals and giving GVSU a lead they would not relinquish. Mike Johnson assisted on both goals as GVSU cruised to a 4-1 victory. Phil Murray added another goal to continue his goal per game rate, while Chris Moore made 23 saves, making him 5-0 on the season with a 1.00 GAA and 96% save percentage.
The 5-1 Lakers travel down to Indiana University to play the Hoosiers next weekend. The Hoosiers were ranked #1 in the Southeast region last year and should be a fierce competitor for GVSU.
Oakland puts up 21 on Robert Morris
By Matt Mackinder
The Oakland University offense exploded this past weekend in getting 21 goals in two games versus the Robert Morris College Eagles.
Friday night, OU garnered 14 goals on 42 shots to beat the visiting Eagles, 14-3. Brent Cooper notched his first hat trick as a Grizzly with four goals and an assist. Will McMahon also added three goals and a helper and Ryan Webb finished the night with four points (goal, three assists). Chase Cosens started in net for the Grizzlies and turned aside 17 shots.
Saturday was more of the same for the Grizzlies as they finished off the weekend series with a 7-1 win. OU was lead by Jordan Ingram who netted three points (two goals, assist) and Jon Paul Ferrari (goal, two assists) who also tallied three points. Chris Joswiak started Saturday's game in goal for OU facing 26 shots and turning aside 25.
"It was good to get a couple of big wins this weekend," OU head coach Sean Hogan said. "We played two tough games in a row versus St. Clair and Wayne State last week. It's great to get back on track."
News and Notes:
--McMahon is leading the Grizzlies with 23 points in 6 games (12 goals, 11 assists)
--Jeff Einheuser had his first multi-point night as a Grizzly Friday when he notched three points on a goal and two assists
--OU's Kyle McCarthy scored his first goal as a Grizzly versus Robert Morris this past weekend. Others notching their first points of the season were Jonah Rogowski, Tom Schaeffler, Adam Chornoby and Steve Schaeffler.
--OU's power play jumped back on track versus Robert Morris going a combined 4-for-13, bringing their season total to 8-for-41 and 19.5 percent.
Oakland will travel south to face the University of Kentucky Icecats Friday and Saturday night. Both games are slated to start at midnight as part of the UK hockey tradition.
"UK is a very tough place to play for opposing teams," noted Hogan. "They have a large rowdy crowd and a midnight start makes it a rough go on the visiting team."
#10 MICHIGAN-DEARBORN 6, #6 Robert Morris (IL) 4 (Empty Net Goal)
#10 MICHIGAN-DEARBORN 10, #6 Robert Morris (IL) 3
#7 IOWA STATE 6, #11 Eastern Michigan 4
#7 IOWA STATE 3, #11 Eastern Michigan 1
Western Michigan 4, JOHN CARROLL 0
Western Michigan 9, JOHN CARROLL 2
Minnesota 5, Northern Michigan 0
Calvin College 10 - Oakland University 1
Calvin College 7 - Northwood University 3
Hope College 5 - Oakland University 2
Ohio State 3, MSU-White 2
Ohio State 6, MSU-White 2