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Men’s DII club hockey sweeps Indiana in weekend doubleheader

The Grand Valley State men’s club hockey team swept the Indiana Hoosiers this weekend with 5-4 and 3-2 victories on Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19.  The Lakers entered the weekend on a six-game losing skid, dating back to Dec. 1, but after back-to-back wins on the road, the team appears to playing their best hockey of the season.

1-11-19, Georgetown Ice Center, GVSU Men's Hockey vs Aquinas College. GVL

Creation of identity and support: Eric Garvelink helped club sports grow at GVSU

It’s 2011 and the Grand Valley State University men’s DII club hockey team has just taken the ice at the SAP Center in San Jose, Cal., home to the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. Once warm ups concluded and the final buzzer sounded, GVSU had come away with a 6-1 victory over local rival Michigan State, claiming the ACHA DII National Championship. This was the first of many national championships that the newly hired graduate assistant for club sports would experience. 

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Jared Maddock: The stalwart pipe protector

“Goalies almost never get credit for winning a game, but they always get blamed for losing a game,” once said Steve Carrell, an avid hockey fan and actor best known for his role as Michael Scott on "The Office." That much is true for the average sports fan. Common sense would dictate that the team with the fastest pair of skates and best puck handlers should win, right? The statistics may surprise you.

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Strong goalie play helps GVSU overcome early mistakes in win over Adrian

“If we play our hockey, we’re a really hard team to beat,” said Grand Valley State DII men’s hockey coach Carl Trosien after a loss to Trine a couple of weeks ago. Apart from a 27-second stretch midway through the first period, the Lakers held the Adrian Bulldogs scoreless en route to a 3-2 victory over their in-state rivals from a short drive down the road.

GVSU vs. Trine University on Friday November 2.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

Trine halts GVSU dominance, hands DII hockey first loss in weekend split

In a season where the play on the ice has looked fairly easy thus far, the Grand Valley State DII men’s club hockey team faced their toughest test of the year against the Trine Thunder on Friday, Nov. 2. In the words of head coach Carl Trosien, GVSU did not come out sharp and ready to play against Trine. “I think we came out a little flat, a little unprepared,” Trosien said. “They kind of controlled the first period and we got out of there 0-0 and then in the second period we made some special teams mistakes that allowed them to gain some breathing room.”

D3 hockey against Miami University (Ohio) on October 19, 2018.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GVSU hockey skates past Lewis University, Improves to 4-0

Through four games the Lakers have four wins in dominating fashion, outscoring their opponents this season by a margin of 38-8. In their games against Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., GVSU used their depth and speed to overwhelm the Flyers on Friday, Oct. 19 8-2, and again on Saturday in the finale of the doubleheader 11-1.

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Championship or bust: Ryan Hein, DII hockey have high expectations this season

While the 2017-18 season did include a 15 game winning streak for the Lakers, it also ended a bit prematurely as GVSU lost to Adrian 4-3 in overtime in the first round of regionals. After such a successful regular season last year, it’s safe to say that the expectations remain high for the 2018-19 season. The squad, including junior forward Ryan Hein, has been putting in the work this offseason to make sure that regionals loss doesn’t happen again.