Dordt College News

Blades Hockey Faces Hawkeyes This Weekend

November 8, 2012

The puck drops at…8:15 pm on Friday, November 8th as the Dordt Blades travel to Coralville, Iowa to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in a pair of contests this week. The Saturday, November 9th game is scheduled to begin at 4:45 pm and both games will be played in the Coral Ridge Ice Center.

“Who are they?”…the Iowa Hawkeyes are a conference (MACHA West) opponent of the Dordt Blades and come in to this week’s games with a record of 11-3.

The Hawkeyes have knocked in 92 goals so far this season while being scored on only 34 times and have posted 2 shut-outs on the year.

Top point getter for the Hawkeyes is Mike Purcell who has 27 points on the season on a team high 16 goals to go along with 11 assists.  Karch Weyermuller has 25 points on 12 goals and a team high 13 assists.  Ryan Smith (11 goals, 10 assists) and Brad Drogos (9 goals and 12 assists)both have  21 points and Mike Castro has 20 (12 goals, 8 assists).

Three netminders have spent time in goal Iowa this season but Alex Wisnousky has been the main goalie of record with nine games played; he is posting a 2.31 goals against average and a .920 save percentage with 2 shut-outs.

The Blades…are currently 2-7 with their two wins coming at home against the University of Kansas.

Dordt College has 23 goals for and 42 against and are looking to pick up their first win on the road this season.

Brandon Fast leads all Dordt College Blades in scoring with 12 points on an even 6 goals and 6 assists while Eric Huitsing is the other player with double digits in point with 3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points.  Eric Grootenboer has quickly advanced up the scoring table picking up 2 goals and an assist in just 2 games played.

Netminder Riley Braun has played 9 full games between the pipes and has a 4.67 goals against  average and a .900 save percentage and has recorded one shut-out.

Last time they met…the Blades and Hawkeyes last played in 2009 with Dordt College picking up a pair of convincing wins, dropping Iowa by scores of 13-2 and 8-1.

Last time out… Missouri State is the most recent opponent for both teams as the Hawkeyes split a pair of games with the Ice Bears on October 26 and 27 with Iowa winning game one by a score of 6-5 before falling in a shut-out loss 6-0 the following day.

The Blades dropped a pair of games to Missouri State last weekend with an 8-2 loss on Friday and Dordt fell 9-5 in the Saturday afternoon tilt.

On Saturday, in a repeat of Friday evening, the Ice Bears got on the scoreboard early with 2 goals in the first 2 minutes of action. Brian Leslie recorded both unassisted goals at 18:43 and 18:06. Five minutes later Dordt tied the game with a pair of goals just 35 seconds apart. David Prins picked up the first goal with a slapshot from the right point that rocketed in to the bottom right corner off assists from Eric Walter and Allen Vanderveen. Thirty five seconds later, Eric Grootenboer tucked one in behind the Ice Bear netminder with helpers from Fast and De Young. With the score tied at 2-2 Dordt College appeared to have the go ahead goal from Kevin Vermeer with 11:40 to play in the period. After a lengthy consultation by the officiating crew the goal was waved off on an apparent delayed offside call. The goal was not the only thing that was taken away as Dordt also lost the momentum and the Ice Bears retook the lead with power play goals at 10:51 and 8:01 to take a 4-2 lead in to the first intermission.

Dordt's Brandon Fast made it a one goal game just 20 seconds in to the second period with an unassisted goal to make it 4-3. Missouri State replied with a Drew Sorci goal at 11:09 and Michael Glenn picked up a power play goal at 9:12 for a 6-3 score. Brandon Fast got the lead back down to 2 again with his second goal of the night at 8:31 with an assist from Eric Grootenboer, but the Ice Bears tallied the final goal of the period, a power play marker at 6:10, to enter the final intermission with a 3 goal cushion.

As they had in the second period, Dordt came out of the locker room in the third showing some grit and determination and again scored early with Chase VanGaalen making it a 7-5 contest just 19 seconds in to the frame. However, the Blades would not get any closer as Missouri State would pick up two more goals in the later stages of the period to pick up the 9-5 win and the sweep of the Blades.

Missouri State was 4-6 with the man advantage while the Dordt Blades were 0-3 on the power play.

Riley Braun had 46 saves in the loss in goal for the Blades with Keith Parker picking up the win with 28 saves.

Brian Leslie had a hat trick and 3 assists for a six point night while Dordt's Brandon Fast had 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points on the afternoon.

New conference affiliation… the Dordt Blades have joined the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) which has schools in two separate divisions (Gold and Silver) and Dordt College will be a part of the Silver Division.  Western Conference schools include:Iowa, Iowa State, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Missouri State (D3), Kansas, Nebraska and Dordt.

The top two teams from the North, Central and West will make the playoffs, plus 2 wild card spots decided on winning percentage.  Lewis, Western Illinois, Nebraska and Dordt are all probationary teams and therefore will not be eligible for playoffs in 2012-2013.

The Coaches…Bill Elgersma returns for his fourth season behind the bench for the Blades.  Elgersma helped lead the Blades to their 3rd ACHA National Tournament appearance in 2009-2010.  Before taking over the reins in 2009-2010, Elgersma served as the assistant coach.

Assisting Elgersma again this season will be Adam Jeninga (6th year) and John Langeraap (4th year).

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.

Dordt Scoring
Player  Goals-Assists-PTS
Eric Huitsing 3-6-9
Brandon Fast 4-3-7
Nic Enerson 3-2-5

Upcoming Schedule
11/9 Iowa  Away 8:15 PM
11/10 Iowa  Away 4:45 PM
11/16 Colorado  Home 7:30 PM
11/17 Colorado  Home 4:15 PM
12/7 Wisc.-Platteville Away    10:00 PM
12/8 Wisc.-Platteville Away    2:00 PM


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