Friday night, Oakland traveled to Michigan and defeated the club Wolverines, 6-2, behind two goals from Will McMahon and two assists from Jordan Ingram. Others scoring were Steve Schaeffler, Jon Paul Ferrari, captain Brandon Lipari and John Parrish.
"It was good to see some other forwards get into the scoring," commented assistant coach J.R. Dunn. "Hopefully, it can carry over into next semester."
Chris Joswiak continued his stellar play between the pipes turning aside 45 U-M scoring opportunities. Joswiak played 118:46 of shutout hockey dating back to Nov. 18 against Indiana.
Saturday, OU made the two-hour trip to Allendale to take on the much-improved Lakers and skated away with a 7-4 win. The Grizzlies would strike fast, scoring just 43 seconds into the game on a goal from Ingram. The Grizzlies would net three in the first to take on 3-1 lead after one.
"Between periods, we told the guys to play old fashioned road game hockey," OU head coach Sean Hogan said. "Keep your shifts short, finish your checks and we can get out of here with a win."
It would be the Lakers that would score first, just nine seconds into the period and again four minutes later to knot the score up at three.
"I knew the next goal could make or break this game," senior OU forward Dan Oleksy said. "We needed it to get the momentum back."
Oleksy would do just that in netting his second of the game on a great feed from Jeff Einheuser to regain the lead for the Grizzlies. Adam Chornoby would score his first goal of the season to give the Grizzly icers a 5-3 lead after two periods of play.
The Lakers would not go away without a fight scoring first in the third on a shorthanded goal, the first the Grizzlies have given up all season. It would not be enough as Oakland would pocket two more third period goals to skate away with a 7-4 victory.
Andrew Hansen made 25 saves for the Grizzlies.
News and Notes:
OU's record of 17-3-0 is the best in school history through 20 games…McMahon leads all OU point getters with 39 goals 25 assists for 64 points…Others on top of the charts are Brent Cooper (24-29-53), Brandon Lipari (13-19-32), Jordan Ingram (11-13-24) and Dan Oleksy (11-5-16)…OU is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest poll. The next poll is due out this week.
OU comes back home to the friendly confines of the Onyx to take on ACHA DI rival Western Michigan on Friday, Jan. 6 at 8:30 p.m.
Lakers Start Weekend with Tough Loss
by Chris Moore
The Lakers continued their first period woes Friday, starting out slow against Michigan State, falling down 3-1 after the first.
Jeff Tejchma added a goal for Grand Valley to tie the game 1-1, but GV played sloppy in their own zone and allowed MSU to control the play in the first.
Coming out a different team in the second, the Lakers controlled the play but strong goaltending on each side kept the game 3-1.
GVSU finally cashed in during the third, with a snipe by Dean Watkins early, and then with just a few minutes remaining, freshman center Robb Higgins scored for the Lakers to send the game into overtime 3-3.
Both team had a few chances in OT, and it looked like the game would end in a tie, until 5 seconds left, MSU sent a cross crease pass to a wide open Spartan player who slapped it in to win it 4-3 in OT for MSU.
GVSU lost star forward Mike Johnson in the game to injury.
It was a disappointing loss for the Lakers as Chris Moore played strong and had 37 saves in the game.
GVSU has the break to regroup before they face Robert Morris Springfield at home Jan 6th and 7th.
Around the ACHA...
Michigan-Dearborn and Eastern Michigan split a two game weekend bill and have both clinched playoff berths. They join Ohio, Iowa State, Illinois, Robert Morris, and Western Michigan (Host Team) as qualifiers for the CSCHL Playoffs. The final spot will be contested between Kent State and Saint Louis.
#8 MICHIGAN-DEARBORN 4, #18 Eastern Michigan 2 [2 point game]
#8 Michigan-Dearborn 7, #18 EASTERN MICHIGAN 6 [2 point game]
Central Michigan 4, Robert Morris (Chicago) Maroon 8
Ohio State 1, Davenport 5
Ohio State 4, Davenport 9
Michigan State 4, Grand Valley 3
Oakland 7, Grand Valley 4
Hope 7, Ferris State 5
Northwood 3, Hope 3
Kalamazoo College 3, Lawrence Tech 8
Robert Morris 6, Western Michigan 1
Robert Morris 9, Western Michigan 0