Lakers split tough weekend
By Chris Moore
Grand Rapids, Michigan - Grand Valley State University faced two tough opponents this weekend, first traveling to Ferris State for a game against the #8-ranked Bulldogs and then facing local opponent and D-3’s top ranked team, Calvin College at home.
After two weeks off, GVSU started strong on Friday, out shooting Ferris heavily in the first but both teams were unable to tally a goal. Ferris was the first to get on the board, but Tim Hillebrand responded with a breakaway goal of his own. Ferris went ahead 3-1, until Adam Zobl fired a wrist shot by the Ferris netminder. However, the Lakers couldn't bury their chances and Ferris clinched the game with an empty net goal to win 5-2, despite shots being 43-26 in the Lakers favor.
On Saturday, the Lakers returned home to face Calvin. A hard working team, Calvin found themselves surprising the Lakers in the first, going up 2-0 after one. The Lakers fought back in the second, scoring four goals while only allowing one. Tim Hillebrand, Robb Higgins, Phil Murray (pictured) and Nate Morang scored for Grand Valley as they entered the third period up 4-3. Calvin tied the game up early in the 3rd, but Dean Watkins fired in the game winner to put the Lakers up 5-4 and the win. Kevin Chapman started in net for the Lakers and played extremely strong, keeping the Lakers in the game finishing with 30 saves.
The Lakers face off against #1 Oakland and #3 Michigan State next weekend at home.
McMahon and Grizzlies down Chips
by Matt Mackinder
Oakland University defeated Central Michigan Friday night, 3-0, behind two goals from Will McMahon and one from Brent Cooper.
McMahon now has 39 goals on the year.
Captain Brandon Lipari added two assists and netminder Chris Joswiak earned his first shutout as a Grizzly.
"It is great to see Chris get his first shutout," OU assistant coach J.R. Dunn said. "He has been playing great and made a lot of big saves tonight."
The Golden Grizzlies only have two games left in the first semester, both away, Friday at Chelsea versus the University of Michigan and Saturday versus Grand Valley State University. OU is currently ranked No. 1 in the Central Region recieving eight of the 10 first-place votes.
NOTEBOOK: The OU D-III team has been on a streak as of late, winning two in a row last weekend over Muskegon CC and Lansing CC.
Around the ACHA…
#1 ILLINOIS 7, Michigan 0
#1 ILLINOIS 11, Michigan 3
WESTERN MICHIGAN 6, #5 Iowa State 6 (OT) [TIE]
#5 Iowa State 4, WESTERN MICHIGAN 2
#8 MICHIGAN-DEARBORN 6, #14 Mercyhurst 3 (Empty Net Goal)
#8 MICHIGAN-DEARBORN 3, #14 Mercyhurst 2
Drexel 6, #18 EASTERN MICHIGAN 4 (Empty Net Goal)
#18 EASTERN MICHIGAN 7, Drexel 6 (OT)
Central Michigan 0, Oakland 3
Ferris State 9, Central Michigan 4
Ohio State 4, Michigan State 9
Albion 1, CALVIN 14
GRAND VALLEY 5, Calvin 4
ALPENA CC 4, Lake Superior 3 (exhibition)
Alpena CC 4, LAKE SUPERIOR 8 (exhibition)
Lansing CC 3, HOPE 5
Hope 2, Northwood 6
NORTHWOOD 12, Kalamazoo 2
OAKLAND 5, Lansing CC 1
OAKLAND 8, Muskegon CC 5
LAWRENCE TECH 6, Muskegon CC 4
MICHIGAN 5, Northern 2
MICHIGAN 2, Northern 1
Michigan 3, MSU-GREEN 5
MSU-GREEN 2, Western 0