Dordt College Blades Hockey vs. Nebraska
January 29, 2010
(Sioux Center, Iowa) In a game that was loaded with action and capped off with a dramatic shoot-out, the Blades lost 5-4 to the University of Nebraska Huskers in an NCCHA conference tilt. With the loss, Dordt falls to 8-6-1-1 overall and are 6-2-0-1 in conference play.
Dordt took the 1-0 lead at the 11:46 mark when Eric Walter tucked in a rebound past Husker netminder Mitch Pope on a shot taken by Ben Wagner. Three minutes later, while on the power play, Todd Bakker made it a 2-0 Dordt lead as he ripped a water bottle popping slapshot from about ten feet inside the blue line that found the top right hand corner of the Husker goal. The period ended with the Blades up 2-0.
Dordt extended the lead to 3-0 just 28 seconds into the second period when Jordan Janz stole the puck from a Husker defenseman and then pocketed a backhander from the left side of the goal. Nebraska responded with a goal of their own a mere 25 seconds later as Nate Reese redirected a shot that beat Blades netminder Ted Gibbons to make it a 3-1 game. With 5:20 remaining in the second period the Huskers cut the Dordt lead down to 1 when Andrew Schmelzle buried a rebound on a shot initially taken by Mike Nietfeldt. A minute and 23 seconds later the Huskers tied the game at 3-3 on another rebound goal, this one by the Huskers leading scorer Matti Roinila. The two teams entered the second intermission with the score deadlocked at 3-3. Nebraska escaped the period without conceding another goal despite Dordt enjoying the man advantage for 3 and half minutes at the end of the session.
Dordt got on the board first in third period as Ben Wagner redirected a shot by Jake Esselink with 14:03 remaining. At the same time in the game Nate Woudstra was issued a 10 minute misconduct. Nebraska tied the score at 4-4 at the 10:38 mark when Schmelzle tallied his second of the night, this one beating Gibbons through the legs. Near the end of the third period the Huskers were penalized twice and the Blades had almost a minute with the 2 man advantage but could not find the game winner. With 3:11 to go in the third period Jordan Janz received a 10 minute misconduct from referee Eric Rapp making him ineligible for the rest of the period, overtime and the subsequent shoot-out.
With the score tied 4-4 the game headed to overtime where neither team managed much offense in the session with Dordt registering 2 shots on goal while the Huskers had one, with the game still tied 4-4 the teams headed to a shoot-out.
Schmelzle, who had 2 regulation goals for the Huskers, went first but his backhand attempt missed. Todd Bakker's attempt for Dordt was then saved by the right pad of Mitch Pope. Nebraska's Mike Solomon tried to beat Ted Gibbons to the right but Gibbons was up to the task and made the save. Nate Woudstra then scored a spectacular shoot-out goal as he pulled the puck between his legs and then beat Pope badly to give Dordt the 1-0 lead. Matti Roinila then knotted the shoot-out at 1-1 when he buried one into the left side. Brandon Fast went last for Dordt but was unable to get the win when his backhander was saved. With the shoot-out score tied 1-1 after 3 skaters aside, Kyle Lierman was called into action as the fourth skater for the Huskers and he pocketed one into the right side to give Nebraska the 2-1 shoot-out lead and Dordt's Jon Gesink was unable to force it to a 5th shooter when his attempt failed.
Dordt outshot the Huskers 47-40 with Mitch Pope making 43 saves for Nebraska while Ted Gibbons turned away 36 for the Blades.
One thrilling game with Nebraska is in the books and the two teams will face off again tomorrow (January 30) with the puck drop scheduled for 4:15 in the Vernon Arena in Sioux Center.
Dordt's Current Record: 8-7-1-1 (5-1-0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-3-0 (0-1-0)
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