Quick hits: Division III hockey wins, ties against Purdue
GV men’s DIII club hockey wins, ties against Purdue
The Grand Valley State Division III men’s hockey club finished a two-game series against Purdue with a win and a tie. The Lakers trounced the Boilermakers 6-2 Friday, Oct. 14 and tied 3-3 Saturday, Oct. 15.
In the first game, defenseman Derek Simon opened up the scoring for the Lakers with a long shot on a pass from Alex Bjork. Purdue answered back with two goals before the period’s end to put the Lakers down one heading into the second.
Purdue’s lead did not last long. Forward Tyler Stoller provided the equalizer for the Lakers, and freshman Bronson Foote scored on an assist from Mark Janiga to give GVSU the lead.
GVSU kept the foot on the gas in the third period with a second goal from Stoller early in the period. Mitch Lawton and Foote provided some insurance for the Lakers with goals of their own.
In the second game, GVSU jumped out to an early lead on the Boilermakers. Lawton capitalized on a breakaway opportunity with a goal, and Alex Siroky scored before the intermission.
After a goal early in the second period for the Lakers, Purdue answered back with two goals before the final period. The Boilermakers tied the game 3-3 in the third period, and that score would end up being the final.
The Lakers will be back in action next weekend with a home-and-home series against Davenport Oct. 21-22.
DI and DIII club roller hockey start season with wins
The Grand Valley State Division I and Division III roller hockey clubs each won two games in the opening weekend of the season Oct. 15-16. Both teams are coming off of national tournament appearances last season and protected home rink with four decisive victories.
The Division I club started the season with a 9-2 win over Akron, followed by a 6-1 victory over Miami (Ohio). The Division III club beat Western Michigan 8-4 and shutout Ohio State 9-0.
Both teams will travel to West Bloomfield, Michigan to play a combined seven games in two days between the two squads Oct. 22-23.