Dordt College Blades Hockey vs. South Dakota
January 23, 2009
(Alcoa Arena, Yankton, South Dakota) The Blades continued their 2009 win streak with a 6-3 win over the USD Coyotes in Yankton, South Dakota. The victory lifts the Dordt record to 16-4-1-1 overall and a conference mark of 12-0-1-0 in the NCCHA, while extending their win streak to 3 games.
Dordt peppered the Coyote netminder, Brett Bennett, for the entire contest as the USD goalie faced 70 Dordt shots, making an impressive 65 saves. Said DC head coach Nate van Niejenhuis, "their goalie was standing on his head. Of those 70 shots probably 50% of them were legitimate scoring opportunities that he kept out of the back of the net, he was fabulous." "The surface in Yankton is very, very cold and I think that hampered our passing game a little bit and there was not a lot of hitting, but both teams had to play in the same environment. Janzy had a banner night."
The Blades got off to a great first period start with Nate Woudstra opening the scoring on the power play at the 17:27 mark with assists from Jared Rempel and Todd Bakker. Jordan Janz added two tallies with the first coming with 13:01 to go in the first from Esselink and Chesla, while his second of the night came with 5:31 remaining, again from Chesla and Esselink. Brandon Breukelman finished off the first period scoring for the Blades with a goal at 3:04 with helpers going to Jordan Janz and Matt Chesla.
The Blades struck first again in the second period as Todd Bakker got on the board at the 13:29 mark from Jared Rempel and Kevin Prins. USD scored the next two as the combo of Egan and Parsons got together with Egan scoring on an assist from Parsons at 11:44 and then Parsons from Egan on the power play at 10:30.
In the third period USD cut the lead down to 5-3 with an unassisted goal by Egan at 2:03. The Coyotes pulled their goalie shortly after and Bakker put the game out of reach with an empty net goal at 1:15 with assists going to Kurtis Heerema and Joel Sikkema.
Dordt's Ted Gibbons played all 60 minutes in goal for the Blades and registered 16 saves while Brett Bennett made 65 saves, allowing 5 goals on 70 shots.
Jordan Janz and Todd Bakker each finished the night with 3 points on 2 goals and an assist each while Matt Chesla tallied 3 points with his 3 assists. Jared Rempel and Jake Esselink each had 2 assists on the night.
1. Dordt 17:27 PP Woudstra (Rempel, Bakker)
2. Dordt 13:01 EV Janz (Esselink, Chesla)
3. Dordt 5:31 EV Janz (Chesla, Esselink)
4. Dordt 3:04 EV Breukelman (Janz, Chesla)
5. Dordt 13:29 EV Bakker (Rempel, Prins)
6. USD 11:44 EV Egan (Parsons)
7. USD 10:30 PP Parsons (Egan)
8. USD 2:03 EV Egan (Unassisted)
9. Dordt 1:15 EN Bakker (Heerema, Sikkema) Empty Net
The Blades will play the Coyotes again tomorrow evening with this match-up to be held at the Vernon Arena in Sioux Center at 7:15 pm.
Dordt's Current Record: 16-4-1-1 (0-0-0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-10-0 (0-0-0)
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