Dordt College News

Hockey Team Hosts Huskers Friday and Saturday

January 30, 2014

The games…the Dordt Blades end their season this week with a pair of MACHA conference contests against the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.  The two teams will play on Friday, January 31 at 7:30 pm and again on Saturday, February 1 at 4:15 pm.

The Opponent…the University of Nebraska enters this week with an overall mark of 15-4-2-2 and the Huskers are 8-2 on the road. Nebraska has found the back of the opponents net on 105 occasions this year while giving up 76 goals giving the Huskers averages of 4.57 goals for and 3.3 goals against.

Ross Johnson headlines the Nebraska roster, the freshmen forward is sitting 15th in ACHA Division 3 scoring with 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points.  Senior forward, Drew Kokosa has 17 goals and 32 helpers for 49 points.  Kokosa’s 49 points ranks him 22nd in the country and the 32 assists are good for 12th in the ACHA.  Michael Keogh rounds out the trio of top scorers with 26 goals and 21 assists for 47 points with the 26 goals ranking him 15th in the nation and Keogh is also ranked seventh in the country in power play goals with nine.

Three different Husker netminders have recorded over 300 minutes in goal this season with Jason Hughes bearing the bulk of the duty with 503 minutes played and a 4-1 record.  Hughes has a 3.94 goals against average and a .860 save percentage with 198 saves.  Kyle Shemek is 3-2 this season with 340 minutes played, posting a 3.35 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.  Mitchell Pangle is also 3-2 with 329 minutes between the pipes to earn himself a 2.01 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

The Blades…are 5-17 overall and 1-7 in conference play.  The Blades have scored 49 times while giving up 107 goals for an average of 2.23 goals for and 4.86 goals against per game.

Nic Enerson’s 12 goals and four assists put the junior on the top of the Dordt College scoring chart with 16 points.  Eric Huitsing has 14 points with nine goals and five assists and the senior forward leads the team with three power-play goals. Dylan Van Dyk has a team-high 10 assists with three goals for 13 points.

Riley Braun has amassed 1,175 minutes in goal for the Blades, which is the 13h highest mark in the association.  Braun has turned away 741 shots and has a 4.95 goals against average and a .882 save percentage with a 4-16 mark.

The Blades are 10 of 96  (10.4%) on the power play and have successfully killed off 16 of 100 penalties (84.0%).

History…the Blades and the Huskers have played 18 times since 2005 with Nebraska enjoying a 13-5 edge in those outings with the Huskers winning the last eight contests against Dordt.

Last time out…the Blades hosted the Creighton Jays in a pair of non-conference games last weekend with the Blades losing the Friday night game 5-3 before picking up the 7-5 win on Saturday afternoon.
The Blades took a 1-0 lead with 8:16 to play in the first period when Alex Ten Napel tallied his third goal of the season with an assist from Lucas Koomans. The Jays tied it up on a Connor Jurgensen marker exactly two minutes later. The Blades regained the lead and went up by two with goals just 34 seconds apart at 3:52 and 3:18 from David Prins (3rd) and Kevin Grootenboer (2nd). Creighton got within one with a goal coming with just four seconds left in the period from Matt Gotfryd to make it 3-2 going into the first intermission.

The Jays tied the game at 3-3 with 15:22 to play in the second period on a Blake DeJong goal. At 10:20 Dylan Bartels banged home his first goal of the season for the Blades to put Dordt back up 4-3. Gotfryd pocketed his second goal of the night at 5:09 to tie the game at 4-4 and 61 seconds later Eric Huitsing scored his ninth goal of the season to put the Blades up 5-4 after two periods of action.

Nic Enerson scored his team leading 11th goal of the year, and the eventual game winner, at 16:40 in the third to give Dordt a two goal cushion. Ben Czarnecki tallied at 12:49 for the Jays to make it 6-5 and the scored stayed that way until the latter stages of the period. Like the Blades had had to do the night before, the Jays were force to pull their netminder Lee Noel late in the period to try to get the equalizer, but just like last night the strategy would prove unsuccessful as Dordt's Nic Enerson was able to score the empty netter with 33 seconds remaining to seal the win for the Blades.

The Huskers split a pair of  close games with Missouri State last weekend, winning 5-4 on Friday night before losing 4-3 the next day.

Follow The Blades…All Dordt Blades home games will be webcast on this season.  Check the Blades website for the planned schedule.  You will also be able access game recaps, including box scores, from this page along with other news items.

Dordt College Scoring Leaders
Player Goals Assists Points
Nic Enerson 12 4 16
Eric Huitsing 9 5 14
Dylan Van Dyk 3 10 13
Eric Grootenboer 5 3 8
David Prins 3 5 8
Lucas Koomans 2 6 8


MACHA Silver West Standings
Team Wins Losses OT/SOL Points
Wisc-Platteville 8 2 0 16
Missouri State 5 2 0 10
Nebraska 4 1 1 9
Iowa State 3 2 2 8
Iowa 2 8 0 4
Dordt 1 7 0 2
The top two teams in each silver division will earn a playoff berth, and the two wildcard teams will be based on point percentage within division.


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