Dordt College Blades Hockey vs. South Dakota
January 24, 2009
(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt Blades continue their winning ways in 2009 with an absolutely commanding victory over the USD Coyotes 13-0. Dordt is now 17-4-1-1 overall and 13-0-1-0 in the NCCHA.
After defeating the Coyotes 6-3 in Yankton, SD last night the Blades were hoping to improve on their quality of play and did exactly that with an impressive performance in the Vernon Arena this evening. Due to the cancellation of next weekends games with Kansas, the Blades were looking to put an impressive number up on the board to give the Pacific Region rankers absolutely no doubt about the fact that Dordt should maintain their 2nd place position and they certainly achieved that goal.
Less than 2 minutes into the contest Nate Woudstra got Dordt on top with a nice deflection goal off a shot in from Esselink; the second assist went to Kevin Prins. Dordt added two more in the period on tallies from Brandon Breukelman and a dandy unassisted goal from Matt Chesla.
The first goal of the second period would come almost 10 minutes into the session when Todd Bakker scored on a nice quick passing combo from Woudstra and Rempel. Over the next 8 minutes Dordt would score 5 more times to move out to an overwhelming 9-0 lead on the Coyotes. Goals in the second came from Heerema, Breukelman, Sikkema, Chesla and Prins.
Dordt would score 4 more times in period number three with goals from Prins, Esselink, Janz and a hat-trick receiving tally from Brandon Breukelman.
The Coyote netminder Brett Barrett faced a barage of shots last night as he faced 70 shots on goal from Dordt. As unbelievable as that number seems it would prove to be less than the 82 shots he would see in tonight's contest, as he made 69 saves while giving up the thirteen goals.
Dordt netminder Ted Gibbons posted the shut-out performance for the Blades, his second of the season, as he turned away all 18 shots he faced. Gibbons was particular sharp when he made a number of quality pad saves as the Coyotes had the 2 man advantage. Gibbons also stopped a penalty shot in the third period when Jake Esselink was whistled for a tripping call on a USD break-away
"We had a much better showing tonight. The first period wasn't great for us but we played well the rest of the game. It is nice when the guys listen to us and the locker room and go out and do the kind of things that we are asking them to," said Coach van Niejenhuis. "It is unfortunate that we don't have those games with Kansas next weekend and we will have to do some different things at practice to keep the guys competitive, focused and sharp."
1. DC 18:14 PP Woudstra (Esselink, Prins)
2. DC 14:36 EV Breukelman (Chesla, Gesink)
3. DC 09:35 EV Chesla (Unassisted)
4. DC 10:02 EV Bakker (Woudstra, Rempel)
5. DC 08:43 EV Heerema (Prins)
6. DC 07:46 EV Breukelman (Chesla)
7. DC 04:50 PP Sikkema (Prins, Esselink)
8. DC 04:16 EV Chesla (Breukelman, Janz)
9. DC 02:04 EV Prins (Heerema, Sikkema)
10. DC 19:24 EV Janz (Rempel, Chesla)
11. DC 18:28 EV Esselink (Rempel)
12. DC 01:21 EV Janz (Chesla)
13. DC 00:16 SH Breukelman (Sikkema, Rempel
Dordt will have almost 2 weeks off and will play again on Friday, February 6, 2009 when the host Iowa in the Vernon Arena in Sioux Center with the puck to drop at 7:30 pm.
Dordt's Current Record: 17-4-1-1 (10-0-0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-11-0 (0-0-0)
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