Hockey Falls to Aquinas

Hockey Falls to Aquinas

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin men's hockey team concluded its regular season on Saturday night when it hosted local rival Aquinas College, the second game of the weekend series.

The game served as Senior Night for Calvin's senior class. Jordan Duncan, Ryan Racanelli, Cameron Bell, Austin Kath, Frank Moreschi, Justin Rohlicek and Ryan Betts were honored prior to the game.

On Friday night, the Knights defeated Aquinas 4-3 at Southside Arena to clinch the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference West Division for the second consecutive year.

In the return matchup, the Saints claimed a 4-2 road victory over the Knights, handing them their first home loss of the season.

The Saints found the back of the net early in the first period, but the goal was waved off. However, Aquinas would score twice before the first intermission. Dominic Fusco capitalized on the powerplay for the Saints at the 11:26 mark and Calvin Wojtaszak added another goal, scoring with 4:01 left before intermission.

Aquinas carried its momentum into the second period as Corey Giffel scored the team's third straight goal under two minutes into the period.

The Knights got on the board 8:53 into the second period when junior Ben Brouwer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) scored his second goal of the season. Ryan Betts (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) earned the assist on the goal.

Three minutes later, Wojtaszak would answer for the Saints, scoring his second goal of the night to make the score 4-1.

With just under a minute left before second intermission, Jordan Duncan (Oshawa, Ont./Oshawa Generals ETAHL) fed David Zwiers (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) for a one-timer goal, bringing the Knights within two goals of the visitors heading into the final period.

Despite outshooting the Saints 15-9, the Knights were unable to find the back of the net in the third period. Neither team would score in the final twenty minutes of play.

Final shots on goal were 38-34 in favor of Calvin.

The Knights are back in action on February 17 when they compete in the MCHC League Tournament. The tournament will take place at Edge Ice Arena in Holland, Michigan.

With the loss, the Knights finish the season with a 24-2-1 overall record with a 12-2-0 conference mark.