Dordt College Blades Hockey vs. Colorado University
November 17, 2012
(Vernon Arena, Sioux Center, Iowa) The third time definitely proved to be the charm for the Dordt Blades as they knock off the visiting Colorado Buffaloes by a score of 4-2 this afternoon. The Blades narrowly lost two previous games against Colorado this season, both by 2-1 margins. With the win the Blades improve to 3-10 on the year while the Buffaloes drop to 4-10.
Nic Enerson banged home his 5th goal of the season 2 minutes in to the contest to give the Blades a 1-0 lead, the first lead they enjoyed over the Buffaloes this season. Enerson's goal at 17:54 came when he finished a rebound after an initial shot from Eric Walter who was credited with his 6th assist of the year.
Kevin Grootenboer picked up his 2nd goal of the year and gave the Blades a 2-0 lead at 15:21 when he stole a pass and fired a goal in to the top right hand corner.
Buffaloes Max Predergast cut the Dordt advantage down to one, finishing a 2 on 1 break with an assist from Robert Ash at 13:48.
Dordt regained their two goal cushion when Brandon Fast fired the eventual game winner in to an empty net. The Blades' Jeremy van Woerden received the assist on the goal as he was dumping the puck into the Buffalo end when it took a strange bounce off the Zamboni gate; Buffalo netminder Fred Newton had left his goal to play the puck but instead it ended up right on the stick of Brandon Fast who buried his 7th goal of the year at 7:30.
Eric Walter gave Dordt a 4-1 lead with an unassisted goal blasted in to the top right corner at 2:09 and the Blades went in to the first intermission with a 4-1 advantage.
The Blades were outshot 20-6 in the second period but Dordt netminder Riley Braun turned away every Buffalo attempt and the score stood at 4-1 after two periods.
A power play goal at 17:20 by Buffalo's Tyson Riddell that found the left side of the net, made it a 4-2 game. With under two minutes to play in the game, Colorado pulled their goalie for the extra attacker but the Buffaloes could get no closer as Braun continued to stand tall all night long for the Blades.
Braun finished the night with an impressive 42 saves while his counterpart Fred Newton had just 18 saves.
The Blades were 0-5 on the power play and 6-7 on the penalty kill.
The Blades will have a 3 week hiatus before returning to the ice on December 7 and 8 when they take on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Friday's game will begin at 10 pm with the puck dropping at 2 pm on Saturday.
Dordt's Current Record: 3-10-0-0 (0-0-0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 4-10-0 (0-0-0)
|Team||Period 1||Period 2||Period 3||Final|
|Dordt Goal Leaders||Total|
|Opponent Goal Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Assist Leaders||Total|
|Jeremy van Woerden||1|
|Opponent Assist Leaders||Total|
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