Grand Valley State sweeps weekend, sets scoring records
By Chris Moore
Grand Valley State finished their home season this past weekend with three games. WCCHA league champion St. Cloud State came to town on Thursday night and Northern Illinois University on Friday and Saturday.
On Thursday, GVSU scored quickly against St. Cloud. Leading scorer Phil Murray broke out of a three-week slump to put the Lakers up 1-0 early. For the rest of the period, however, GVSU played poorly and St. Cloud won the period 2-1. That was the end of St. Cloud having the upper hand, as GVSU came out and dominated the second, scoring six goals and going up 7-3. GVSU against dominated the third, securing a 8-3 win. Mike Kadzban, Dean Watkins, Jeff Tejchma, Adam Zobl, Andrew Dykstra, Robb Higgins, and Andrew Beller each put one in for GVSU. Chris Moore won the game, facing 23 shots, while GVSU put up 42 on St. Cloud.
Friday, GVSU played a NIU team that had surprised two top Central region teams earlier this year. Though dominating the first, GVSU found themselves in a hole early, as an NIU player beat rookie goaltender Kevin Chapman on a breakaway. The period ended 1-0 for NIU, until the Lakers came out strong in the second and scored twice quickly. GVSU fell asleep again and NIU scored on two quick shots. After a Laker goalie change, the ice was slanted toward NIU's end and GVSU scored four more before the end of the period to take a 6-3 lead into the third. The third period began to shape up as a massacre, as GVSU continued to pump in goals past the hapless NIU goaltending. In the end, GVSU would score a record 17 goals, including 11 in the final frame, another record. Scooter Hillebrand and Kadzban each scored five points a piece, while Nate Morang and Higgins each had four. Joe Bozek, Travis Bravata and Ben Kadzban each scored their first goal of the year. Moore made 11 saves and picked up his 12th win of the year in relief of Chapman, who also faced 11 shots. Final shots were 76-22 in with the game ending in a 17-3 victory.
Saturday was the last home game for the seniors and they were each honored before the game for their hard work with the team. GVSU started strong against NIU, winning the first 2-0. This was a game dominated by one man, as Jeff Tejchma scored four goals and picked up two assists to lead the Lakers to a 7-1 lead. NIU took advantage of a five-minute major in the third, scoring a few power-play goals, but it was not enough as GVSU cruised to a 7-4 win. Greg Kehr scored his first goal in two years for GVSU in this game. Moore started the game and stopped all seven shots he faced. Troy VanderWeyden replaced him in the second and faced 20 shots in the rest of the game.
GVSU finishes out the regular season and GLIHA league games next week with a game against Central Michigan University on Saturday. With a win, GVSU clinches the No. 2 spot in the GLIHA rankings.
The Lakers finished the year with a No. 5 ranking in the Central Region. This earns them a spot in the regional playoffs in Chicago the weekend of Feb. 17. GVSU faces off in the tournament against No. 8 CMU. The top two teams in the tournament head two the national championship in Rochester, New York.
#3 OHIO 5, #18 Eastern Michigan 3 (Empty Net Goal)
#3 OHIO 4, #18 Eastern Michigan 1
#4 ILLINOIS 5, #8 Michigan-Dearborn 1
#4 ILLINOIS 3, #8 Michigan-Dearborn 1
#12 Robert Morris (IL) 4, WESTERN MICHIGAN 3
#12 Robert Morris (IL) 6, WESTERN MICHIGAN 5
Illinois 1, Central Michigan 2
Illinois 3, Central Michigan 4
Davenport 6, Liberty 5
Davenport 2, Liberty 4
Ferris 5, St. Cloud 7
Ferris 5, St. Cloud 4
Grand Valley 8, St. Cloud 3
Grand Valley 17, Northern Illinois 3
Grand Valley 7, Northern Illinois 4
Indiana 5, Michigan 1
Indiana 4, Michigan 1
MSU 9, Miami (OH) 4
MSU 5, Miami (OH) 4
Wright State 4, Calvin 3
Wright State 2, Calvin 0
Lawrence Tech 4, Hope 12
Northwood 4, Hope 5
Lawrence Tech 5, Oakland 3
Lansing CC 17, Kalamazoo 7
Kalamazoo 2, Lansing CC 12
Michigan 2, Lindenwood 6
Western 1, Ohio State 1
Western 7, Ohio State 1