Dordt College News

Blades Travel to Colorado for Three Games

October 24, 2012

Game time…the Dordt College Blades, coming off a pair of wins at home, will travel to Colorado for a trio of contests against Colorado State, Colorado and Metro State-Denver.
First up for the Blades will be Colorado State University on Thursday, October 25 at 9:30 pm in Fort Collins, CO.  ON Friday the Blades will head to Boulder for a match up with Colorado at 5:15 pm before finishing off the road trip with a 10:00 pm contest on Saturday with the Roadrunners of Metro State-Denver in Littleton, Colorado.

Scouting Reports…Colorado State has the season off to a good start, posting a 6-0-0-1 record with the shoot-out loss coming in their most recent outing with Northern Arizona University.  The Rams have scored 42 times this season while giving up 11 goals.

Colorado State’s top point getter is Billy Watson who has 7 goals and 15 assists for 22 points.  Three separate netminders have shared duty between the pipes with Andrew Oxfeld posting a shut-out in his lone appearance while Marcus Harbison has a goals against average of 1.00 in 3 games played.

The University of Colorado is 2-4 on the year with 36 goals scored and 30 against and they have lost their last 3 outings with the most recent loss coming at the hands of the University of Denver by a margin of 8-5. 

Tyler Patrick leads the Buffaloes with 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists and Tyson Riddell is the only other Colorado player in double digits with 10 points on 4 goals and 6 assists.   Frederick Newton has had most of the goaltending responsibility for Colorado with 280 minutes played,  posting a 5.79 GAA and a .860 save percentage.

Metropolitan State University of Denver enters the week with an unblemished mark of 5-0, outscoring opponents 31-19.  The Roadrunners’ last outing was an 11-2 drubbing of the Colorado School of Mines.  Prior to that lopsided contest the Roadrunners’ picked up 4 straight one goal victories.

Two Metro-State players are in double figures in scoring with Jeremy Rowell knocking in a team high 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points.  Richard McGuire has 14 points on 5 goals and 9 helpers. Netminding responsibility has been split fairly evenly between 3 “tendies” with Mike Barber posting the best statistics with a 2.00 goals against average and a .90 save percentage.

The Blades… picked up a pair of wins at home this past weekend against the University of Kansas to improve to 2-2 on the young season.   The Blades have scored 10 times while giving up the same number.

Eric Huitsing leads Dordt College with 6 points with one goal and a team high 5 assists.  Brandon Fast has 4 points with team high honors in goals at 3 and one helper.  Four other Blades are tied with two points each.

Junior netminder Riley Braun has spent all 240 minutes between the pipes for Dordt College, recording a shut-out victory in Dordt’s first home game.  Braun has a 2.50 goals against average and a save percentage of .914, averaging almost 27 saves per game.

The Last time out for the Blades...they turned in a dominant offensive performance, ambushing the Kansas Jayhawks with a 55-shot onslaught and capping a series sweep with a 4-2 win.

Surprisingly, the Blades faced a 1-0 deficit in the game, as Kansas freshman Sebastian Bohn converted on a wrap-around attempt less than three minutes in. Dordt played down a goal until freshman Seth Mundorf connected on a one-time shot from close range late in the first period.
The game stood at 1-1 until the latter portions of a chippy second frame. The Blades failed to score on three power-play chances in the period before capitalizing on their fourth try at the 5:07 mark. The go-ahead goal came from a perfect Eric Huitsing feed that found Andrew De Haan alone in the slot. The sophomore buried the puck, and the Blades would not trail again.

Acting captain Brandon Fast tacked on his third goal of the season with a point-blank shot to make it 3-1 with three minutes remaining in the second. The junior Huitsing contributed his third assist of the game with another fine centering pass. Dordt held a 43-9 advantage in shots on goal through the opening two periods.

Huitsing finally got his pay-off in the third period. The Edmonton-native, playing through an injured shoulder, found the net mid-way through the final frame after hitting several posts throughout the game. It was Huitsing’s first goal of the season after he led the Blades with 17 tallies in 2011-12.

Kansas finished with a flurry, scoring on a Vic Greenberg power-play goal at the 9:51 mark of the third, but could not cut the deficit any further. Riley Braun saved 16 of 18 shots in goal as the Blades moved to 2-2 on the season.

Kansas goalie Peter Seward delivered a strong effort, saving 51 shots, but the Jayhawks dropped to 0-10 with the loss. They next face Nebraska on November 2nd.

The Blades’ sweep this weekend was their first since January, 2011 against South Dakota.

The Series…the Blades are 0-3 in contests against Colorado State over the past two season.  The Colorado/Dordt series is tied at 2-2 over the last 4 years with the Buffaloes picking up the win in the most recent contest.  The Blades and Roadrunners have squared off only once before with Metro State picking up a 4-2 win last season.

Comments from Coach Elgersma..."I was pleased with the wins last weekend, obviously.  We have worked hard to refine intricate parts of the game, and that showed.  Our passing game is improving and we are playing with our head up.  Certainly we have  ways to go as we continue to work on fundamentals but I am seeing transfer from practice and that is critical to our success.
We had lots of shooting opportunities but we need to make better shot placement decisions.  That is an area we are focusing on and will continue with all season.
We started scrambling late in the game on Saturday and that was something that plagued us last season.  I thought we had cured it but not completely.  That is an emphasis for this season as well.  We are old enough, experienced enough so this needs to change.
Perhaps I was most pleased with our level of conditioning.  Having the ice in early this season has put us a full month ahead relative to our game.  Dryland is not a substitute for ice and it shows."

After This Weekend…the Blades will return home for a pair of games with Missouri State on November 2 and 3.  The Friday, November 2 game will begin at 7:30 pm in the Vernon Arena with the Saturday contest starting at 4:15 pm.

Follow The Blades…All Dordt Blades home games will be webcast on this season.  Check the Blades website for the planned schedule.  You will also be able access game recaps, including box scores, from this page along with other news items.

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