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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

ACHA Weekend Round-Up, Jan. 18

Grand Rapids, Michigan - Grand Valley faced off against two top ranked opponents this weekend, skating against ACHA D1 Michigan-Dearborn on Friday and coming home to play Davenport University on Saturday.

On Friday, GVSU surprised the #8 nationally ranked team and controlled play early. GVSU overcame an early Dearborn goal to take a 3-1 lead on two goals by Nate Morang and one from Dean Watkins. GVSU then went into a shell and collapsed the rest of the game, allowing Dearborn time to control the play. Dearborn responded and retook the lead, keeping it for the rest of the game. In the second, GVSU apparently tied the game, only to have the ref call it back on what video showed to be a very questionable call. Rick Lehman added a power play goal in the 3rd, but it wasn't enough as Dearborn took advantage of GVSU's pressing and took the game 8-4. Chris Moore faced 56 shots in the loss.

#2 Davenport came into Allendale Saturday night to play the Lakers in front of a standing-room only house and the fans were treated to a exciting game between GVSU and the Panthers. Davenport took an early lead only to have Mike Marquardt tie the game up a few moments later in a fast paced 1st. DU scored again with less than a minute to end the period 2-1. The second continued to be faced paced, with the Lakers falling down 4-2. Andrew Dykstra scored for GVSU. Despite a 7-minute power play for GVSU in the third, they couldn't get a puck behind the DU netminder and fell to the Panthers 4-2. Chris Moore finished with 35 saves.

GVSU stays at home for three games next weekend, playing Dayton University on Friday and Saturday and the University of Michigan on Sunday.


Oakland University stumbled this past weekend in a three-game stretch going 0-2-1.

Thursday, OU fell to St. Clair College, 5-3, in a game played just outside Windsor, Ontario.

Friday, the Grizzlies traveled across the state to take on archrival Davenport and played to an emotional 6-6 tie that saw three goals scored in the game’s final 50 seconds.

Brent Cooper had a hat trick and Will McMahon scored a pair for Oakland. Jeff Wiley netted two for Davenport.

"I don't think I have ever seen two benches go up and down through emotion in one minute of play like that before," stated OU head coach Sean Hogan.

Back home at the ONYX Saturday night, the Grizzlies fired 50 shots on Wagner goalie Kyle Finnerty, only to be denied all but four times, and come away with a 5-4 loss. The Grizzlies got three goals from McMahon and one from Cooper.

Next up is another three-game weekend for the Grizzlies as they get back to GMHL action with Miami of Ohio Friday and Saturday and then Ohio State on Sunday.


#6 Lindenwood 4, #18 EASTERN MICHIGAN 1
#6 Lindenwood 4, #18 EASTERN MICHIGAN 1

#9 ROBERT MORRIS (IL) 8, Western Michigan 0
#9 ROBERT MORRIS (IL) 6, Western Michigan 2


Miami (OH) 6, Central Mich 2
Miami (OH) 8, Central Mich 4

Davenport 6, Oakland 6

Ferris 2, Wagner 5
Ferris 6, Bowling Green 3


Muskegon CC 2, Calvin 7

Hope 7, Lawrence Tech 3

Oakland 11, Kalamazoo 3

Lansing CC 1, Wright State 4
Lansing CC 2, Wright State 1


Massachusetts-Amherst 2, Michigan 1
Connecticut 8, Michigan 2
Connecticut 3, Michigan 3

Lindenwood 2, MSU-Green 0
Lindenwood 6, MSU-Green 2

MSU-White 3, Ohio State 10
MSU-White 1, Ohio State 1

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