By Chris Moore
The Grand Valley State Lakers played two GLIHA games against rival Robert Morris College-Chicago this past weekend, looking to revenge their championship loss to the Eagles last year.
On Friday, GVSU was missing their star Mike Johnson and came out slow, allowing the first goal of the game to RMC. After a harsh locker-room talk by Coach McLean, the Lakers jumped back on path in the second, scoring two quick goals to take the lead 2-1. Phil Murray scored the first off a beautiful pass from Jeff Tejchma and Nate Morang scored the second. RMC tied it up later in the second with a blast from the point to keep the game in a stalemate 2-2. The third was a tight period, with both goalies playing strong, sending the game into overtime 2-2. In overtime, RMC was able to win a battle in front of the net to put a rebound in to win the game 3-2, much to the chagrin of the Lakers. Shots for the game were even, with both teams ending up with 30. Goaltender Chris Moore ended with 27 saves.
On Saturday, GVSU was determined to get revenge on RMC and came out flying, with Mike Kadzban scoring to tie the game up at 1 early in the first. RMC would fight to a 3-1 lead until Nate Beverwyk scored to make the game 3-2. Inconsistent play hurt the Lakers all night, as goals by Matt Burns and Tim Hillebrand would not be enough. RMC sealed the game on an empty net goal to win 6-4 despite GVSU out shooting RMC 43-22. Kevin Chapman started his first game in net with the Lakers and played solid, making 17 saves.
GVSU opens next weekend against Western Michigan (D1) at home on Saturday and plays a rare Sunday game against Michigan State at Munn.
Spartans and Grizzlies split
The Oakland University Golden Grizzlies looked flat and uninspired Friday as the visiting Michigan State Spartans skated to a 6-3 victory at the Onyx in Rochester, MI.
MSU opened the scoring just 2:04 into the first when Scott Anderson scored the first of his three goals, and the first of three unanswered Spartan goals in the first period. Will McMahon would score a goal with 37 seconds left in the first, but that would be as close as the Grizzlies would get as MSU cruised to a three-goal win.
Saturday the Grizzlies visited the Spartans in East Lansing and again couldn't get anything going in the first two periods, heading into the locker room 4-2 after the second period, with both goals coming from forward Jonah Rogowski.
"I was feeling like it was déjà vu. Last year we headed into the Michigan State game with a 10-0 ACHA record (this year the Grizzlies were 11-0) and the Spartans took it to us. This year it was happening all over again," stated Hogan.
However, Grizzly forward Jordan Ingram would come out to net two in the first half of the third to tie the game. Brent Cooper would finish the Spartans off with less than four minutes remaining and seal a 5-4 win for OU.
Next Up: The Grizzlies will play their first of four straight home games this Friday night as the Ferris State Bulldogs come to the ONYX for a GMHL match up. The Grizzlies beat the bulldogs 9-3 in Big Rapids just over two weeks ago.
Around the ACHA…
Central Michigan 8, Oakland (D-3) 2
Davenport 8, Ferris St. 1
Michigan 8, Bowling Green 1
Michigan 6, Ferris St. 3
ILLINOIS 8, Eastern Michigan 3
ILLINOIS 8, Eastern Michigan 7
Michigan-Dearborn 7, KENT STATE 5
Michigan-Dearborn 4, KENT STATE 2
OHIO 5, Western Michigan 3
OHIO 3, Western Michigan 1
Albion 0, Oakland 11
Kalamazoo 0, Calvin 17
Calvin 13, Hope 4
Muskegon CC 4, Hope 9
Lansing CC 5, Northwood 4