GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Ben Chafin (20) watches the play closely. GVSU Men’s D3 Hockey plays Michigan State University Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

GVSU D3 club men's hockey splits two games with Hope

The Grand Valley State men’s club hockey team (Division III) split a home and away weekend series against Hope College Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21. The Lakers travelled to Hope College Friday night for the first game between the two teams, but fell 3-2. The Lakers returned home to the Georgetown Ice Center Saturday, rebounding with a 6-1 victory.

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GVL / Luke Holmes - Danny Smith (3) skates toward the goal with the puck. GVSU Men’s D2 Hockey defeated Ferris State University with a score of 8-1 on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2016.

GVSU D2 hockey goes 2-0-1 in three game road trip

Head coach of Grand Valley State’s club hockey team (Division II) Mike Forbes believes there is three stages of a team coming together: storming (finding the team’s identity), norming (buying into the system), and performing (playing to its true potential). Forbes can be proud to say his team has entered the performing stage after a successful three-game road series where the Lakers’ came out with two wins and a tie against three of the top teams in the southeast region.

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Foward Austin Koleski takes the puck down center ice on Friday Jan. 29, 2016.

Hein, Koleski heralded as the future of GVSU hockey

After a rough weekend outing against Miami of Ohio earlier this season, the Grand Valley State Division II club hockey team turned its season around to win their last six games, improving to an impressive 13-4-1 overall record. A big reason for that recent success has come from two of their up-and-coming stars in sophomore Austin Koleski and late-addition freshman Ryan Hein, who have begun to take a hold of the Lakers' offensive reins.

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GVL/Emily Frye - Foward Austin Koleski takes the puck down center ice on Friday Jan. 29, 2016.

GVSU D2 hockey sweeps Indiana 2-0 on the road

The Grand Valley State men’s club hockey team (Division II) set high expectations for themselves to continue improving its offense moving forward into 2017. Those points-of-emphasis happened sooner than expected, as the Lakers (13-4-1) swept a weekend series on the road at Indiana, capturing two 8-0 blowout victories in convincing fashion last Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14.

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Collin Finkhouse waits for the puck to drop on Friday Oct. 7, 2016 against Rochester College.

GVSU D2 hockey focusing on resolutions for second half of season

As 2016’s chapter—finally—comes to a close, 2017 opens the new year for students to set high hopes and create resolutions for self-improvement. The same goes for Grand Valley State’s Division II men’s hockey team as they reflect on the first semester’s successes, but look to resolve major issues in their offense moving forward in the new year.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Chuck Reed (8) races to the puck. GVSU Men’s D3 Hockey plays Michigan State University Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

GVSU DIII hockey beats, ties Michigan State in two-game series

The Grand Valley State men’s club hockey team (Division III) defeated and tied the Michigan State Spartans over the weekend, traveling between East Lansing and the Georgetown Ice Center for the doubleheader. Friday, Dec. 9 saw the Lakers upset the higher-ranked Spartans on the road at Suburban Ice Arena 4-1. Sophomore Mitch Lawton and freshman Brody Vanderline each scored and assisted on a goal in the victory. The Lakers returned home the following day Saturday, Dec. 10 for the second game.

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GVSU DI roller hockey sweeps MCRHL tournament

The Grand Valley State club roller hockey team (Division I) recently traveled to Homer Glen, Illinois Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 to compete in the MCRHL Tournament, where the team went undefeated. “It took us a little time to adjust,” GVSU defenseman Kenny Washburn said. “By the end of the tournament, we really came together.”

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