Lakers Fall in First Round, Defeat Michigan in Consolation Game
Geneva, Ill. - Grand Valley State University made their way to the first ever ACHA regional playoffs this weekend at the Fox Valley Arena in Geneva, Ill. The top two teams would head to the national tournament in New York.
The Lakers started the weekend off against GLIHA rival #8 Central Michigan. GVSU looked nervous in the first and it hurt, as the Lakers allowed three quick goals to central. Though playing hard, the Lakers were plagued by an inability to score all game long. Nate Morang was able to make the game 3-1 in the second, but a misplayed puck by goaltender Chris Moore gave CMU a 4-1 lead in the third. GVSU dominated the 2nd and 3rd but were only able to put one more past CMU's Troy Reuter. CMU added a empty net goal to seal the game. Final shots were 45-28 in the game in favor of GVSU. The game was a heartbreaking loss for GVSU, as they were eliminated by a team they had controlled all year.
GVSU would find themselves against the University of Michigan in the consolation game on Saturday. Michigan got on the board first, putting a quick goal between Troy VanderWeyden's legs. This however, would be the only goal that VanderWeyden would allow the Wolverines as GVSU controlled the rest of the game. Adam Zobl would get Grand Valley on the board intercepting a pass from the Michigan goaltender and Nate Morang would add another to give GVSU a lead they would not surrender. Phil Murray and Ben Kadzban would continue the scoring for GVSU, ending the 2nd with a 4-1 lead. The third was chippy but GVSU ended the game with a 4-1 win, thus taking the season series 2-1. VanderWeyden won his 5th game of the year. Final shots were 33-23 in favor of GVSU.
Next Week - GVSU finishes up their season next week with the GLIHA championships at "The Rink" in Battle Creek. They play on Saturday at 12 PM against the winner of CMU and Illinois game. The winner of that game plays for the championship at 8:30.
News and Notes - Michigan State and Central Michigan were the winners of the regional tournament. They along with Oakland and Davenport head to the Nationals Championship.