HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College hockey team gave fans a show in their home opener against Wisconsin-Platteville on Friday night. Despite leading 5-2 entering the third period, the Blades lost 7-6 in overtime.
Dordt freshmen Sam De Jong started the scoring with seven minutes left to play in the first period to give the Blades a 1-0 lead. Both teams struggled to finish chances and the Blades held the lead heading into the second period.
Eric Blumer got the Pioneers on the board less than a minute into the second of an assist from Ryan Tate. Caleb Groot scored his first of the night a minute later off an assist from Mark Schouten to give the Blades a 2-1 lead.
Eli Visscher scored at the 14:58 mark of the second period to give the Blades a 3-1 lead. Visscher’s goal came off an assist from Sam and Keaton De Jong.
Wilhelm Oppedyk snuck a shot through the five-hole of Carter Fens two minutes later to give Dordt a 4-1 lead. Anthony O’Hara got Platteville back on track with a goal ten minutes into the second to pull the Pioneers within two.
Collin Price made his presence known with a power play goal with three minutes remaining to stretch the Blades lead to 5-2 heading into the third.
Ian Schildgen started the third period scoring with a goal thirty seconds into play. Tyler Leconte provided the assist to pull the Pioneers within two. A quick response from Caleb Groot on the power play gave the Blades a comfortable 6-3 lead with 19 minutes to play.
After a tripping penalty call on Collin Price, the Pioneers’ Ryan Panton scored to cut the Blades lead to 6-4. The Blades held Wisconsin-Platteville scoreless over the next 9 minutes, but Anthony O’Hara scored his second of the game with seven minutes to play to pull Wisconsin Platteville to within one.
Ryan Panten scored his second of the game with five minutes left in regulation to tie the game at six.
The Blades had numerous chances to pull ahead, but Fens was able to fend off the relentless attacks and force overtime.
It took only four minutes of overtime for Brady Beeman to beat Dordt goalkeeper David Burns and give the Pioneers the 7-6 victory.
Dordt will face off against Wisconsin-Platteville on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.