Dordt College Blades Hockey vs. Nebraska
January 31, 2014
(Sioux Center, Iowa (Vernon Arena)) The 5-1 score was certainly no indication of how tightly the Dordt College Blades competed with Nebraska in a conference game this evening as the Huskers tagged on two late goals including an empty netter. With the loss the Dordt College Blades fall to 6-17 on the season and 1-8 in the MACHA while the Huskers improve to 16-4-2-2 on the year and 6-1-2 in conference play.
Midway through the first period, Nebraska scored the only two goals of the period less than two minutes apart with Tyler Kluza scoring the first goal at 10:18 and Drew Kokosa adding the other at 8:26. The Blades were outshot 13-4 in the first period and both teams were 0-1 with the man advantage.
The Blades picked up their play in the second period and although they were outshot again (10-6)they were able to keep the Huskers from notching that all important third goal. The Huskers were assessed a too many men on the ice penalty with just 32 seconds left in period which would prove to the perfect ingredient to help the Blades pull themselves back in to the game.
Entering the third period, trailing 2-0 but with almost a minute and a half of power play opportunity, the Blades did exactly what they needed to do, score with the man advantage. Just fifty-seven seconds into the final period, Dylan Van Dyk tallied his fourth goal of the year with helpers from Enerson and Grootenboer to make it 2-1. The Blades continued to press and also added a greater physical presence with some quality hits but could not find the equalizer. Dordt College was dinged with tripping penalty with 8:03 left and the Huskers capitalized with a power play goal of their own at 7:18 to regain the two goal cushion as Andrew Alpsteg was able to redirect a shot from Drew Kokosa that eluded Dordt netminder Riley Braun.
Trailing by two, Dordt elected to pull Braun with about 90 seconds remaining in the period to add the extra attacker but Mike Pickerel was able to slide in an empty netter from just beyond the blueline with 56 seconds to play to put the game out of reach. A late penalty by the Blades enabled Nebraska to tag on an power play goal with just five seconds left on the clock as Drew Kokosa was able to get one to squeeze between the post and Braun's left pad. The Blades and Huskers both put eight shots on goal in the third period.
Dordt College was 1-3 on the power play while Nebraska went 2-5 with the man advantage.
Kyle Shemek had 17 saves in goal for the Huskers and improves to 4-2 with the win while Riley Braun made 26 stops in goal for the Blades.
Dordt's play improved throughout the contest and will hopefully carry over in to tomorrow's game as Dordt will face Nebraska at home again on Saturday, February 1 at 4:15 pm in the final game of the Blades' season.
Dordt's Current Record: 6-17-0-0 (1-8-0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 16-4-0 (0-0-0)
|Team||Period 1||Period 2||Period 3||Final|
|Dordt Goal Leaders||Total|
|Dylan Van Dyk||1|
|Opponent Goal Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Assist Leaders||Total|
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