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Dordt College Blades Hockey vs. Air Force-ACHA D3 Pacific Regional Play-Offs

February 19, 2010

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(Las Vegas, Nevada (Fiesta Rancho - SOBE Ice Arena)) The Dordt Blades knocked off the number 6 seeded Air Force Falcons 6-4 in their first game of the ACHA D3 Pacific Region tournament and are now a win away from making their third straight trip to the national tournament.

Power play goals featured heavily in this contest as exactly half of the goals would come with the man advantage.

The Air Force Falcons got on the board first to take a 1-0 lead on the Blades with an early tally by Jon Coulter at 16:47 in the first period. At the 7:22 mark Jake Esselink tied the game at 1-1 on a power play goal with assists to Bakker and Gesink. The Falcons retook the lead with 1:51 remaining in the first period, on a power play goal from Matt Lavigne, to take the 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Two quick markers in the first minute and thirty five seconds of the second period gave Dordt a 3-2 margin with a power play goal at 19:07 by Jordan Janz from Woudstra and Gesink and an even strength marker at 18:25 from Ben Wagner with the helper going to Bakker. Air Force tied it at 3-3 at 8:27 on a goal by Tanner Lee and exactly one minute later Janz's second goal of the night, again on the power play, at 7:27 gave Dordt a 4-3 lead.

Just 48 seconds into the third period the Falcons knotted the score again with this marker going to Elliot Sahli on the power play. With time running down in the third period a failed clearance attempt by the Falcons was picked up by Kevin Christian who flicked the puck toward the net and Eric Walter redirected it behind the Falcon netminder for the game winner. Dordt's Brandon Fast tacked on an empty netter with 6 seconds to go to give Dordt the 6-4 win.

Four Dordt Blades had multiple point nights as Jordan Janz lit the lamp twice for two points while Jon Gesink, Nate Woudstra and Todd Bakker each added 2 assists.

Ted Gibbons had the win in goal for Dordt College, however, save statistics were not available for this contest.

The University of Wyoming is next up for the Dordt Blades as they seek a spot in the national tournament. The Blades have faced the Cowboys twice this season with each team taking a game. The Blades fell to the Cowboys 9-3 in the Clash in the Corn tournament hosted by Dordt on November 19, 2009 and the two teams faced off again on January 16, 2010 in Sioux Center, Iowa with that game going to the Blades 4-1.

The winner of the Saturday contest will advance to the ACHA D3 National Tournament.

Dordt will face the 5th seeded University of Wyoming tomorrow (Saturday, February 20) at 3:15 with the winner advancing to the ACHA D3 National Tournament held in Estero, Florida.

Dordt's Current Record: 10-8-1-1 (7-4-0-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 13-6-0 (0-0-0)

Team Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Final
Dordt College 1 3 2 6
Air Force-ACHA D3 Pacific Regional Play-Offs 2 1 1 4
Dordt Goal Leaders Total
Jordan Janz 2
Eric Walter 1
Ben Wagner 1
Jake Esselink 1
Opponent Goal Leaders Total
Sahli, Elliott 1
Lee, Tanner 1
Coutler, Jon 1
Lavigne, Matthew 1
Dordt Assist Leaders Total
Jon Gesink 2
Todd Bakker 2
Nate Woudstra 2
Kevin Christian 1
Opponent Assist Leaders Total
Coulter, Jon 2
Lee, Tanner 1
Kallevig, Josef 1

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.