posted March 5, 2004

National Collegiate Ice Hockey Roundup

FIFTH PLACE GAME
Dutchmen Finish Fifth at National Tournament

The Flying Dutchmen ended play at the American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament by posting an 8-3 victory over South Dakota State Saturday to gain fifth place in the 16-team Division III field.

MIAA rival Calvin captured the national championship blanking the University of Georgia 5-0 in the title game. The Knights lost only one game the entire season and that was to Hope in the conference tournament championship game.

Playing in the national tournament a third consecutive year, the Flying Dutchmen have been among the top five teams every time having finished fifth in 2002 and second in 2003.

Hope seized the momentum early gaining a 5-0 lead after the first period. Hope had 48 shots-on-goal in the game.

Senior Jonathon Sedon of Midland, Mich. was credited with a hat trick while freshmen Jeff Guy of Kalkaska, Mich. and Peter Volbrecht of Dexter, Mich. each scored twice. Rounding out the scoring was freshman Andrew Radler of Midland, Mich.

Freshman Mike Banducci of Traverse City, Mich. and junior Mike Chovac of North Muskegon, Mich. each had three assists while freshman Chris Strauss of Barrington, Ill. and Volbrecht each had two.

Sophomore Kye Samuelson of Maplewood, Minn. was named to the all-tournament second team for his solid defensive play.

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2004 -- CONSOLATION BRACKET
Flying Dutchmen Bounce Back to Gain Shutout Win
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Flying Dutchmen posted their second victory in three games at the American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament Friday night blanking the University of Wyoming 2-0 in a consolation bracket contest.

The victory advances Hope to Saturday's fifth place game against South Dakota State.

After a scoreless first period, the Flying Dutchmen gained a 1-0 advantage on a goal by freshman Andrew Ralder of Midland, Mich. with assists credited to freshman Matt Adkins of Holland, Mich. and senior Josh Dufon of Mattawan, Mich. Senior Jonathon Sedon of Midland, Mich. scored an insurance empty-net goal late in the third period.

Goalkeeper Ben Von Eitzen of Vicksburg, Mich. was outstanding in the net turning away 21 Wyoming shots. Many of them came in a penalty-riddled third period that found Hope skating shorthanded a good share of the time.

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2004 -- SECOND ROUND
Dutchmen Suffer Loss at National Tournament
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A come-from-behind effort fell short Friday morning as the Flying Dutchmen bowed to Indiana University of Pennsylvania 5-2 in a second round game of the American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The sixth-seeded Flying Dutchmen trailed 2-0 after two periods, but rallied to tie the score on two goals in a two minutes span, first by freshman Chris Strauss of Barrington, Ill. assisted by junior Peter Rusche of Comstock Park, Mich. and freshman Jeff Guy of Kalkaska, Mich. and the second by Guy assisted by Strauss.

The third-seeded IU team scored with three minutes left to go ahead 3-2 and added two more on an empty net as the Flying Dutch tried one last comeback effort.

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2004 -- FIRST ROUND
Dutchmen Post Exciting First Round Win
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- The Flying Dutchmen posted an exciting 2-1 victory over Florida Gulf Coast College in a first round game of the American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Thursday.

Hope built a 2-0 lead with a second period scoring flurry and then had to hold on for dear life to gain the victory.

The victory advances #6 seeded Hope to Friday's second round against #3 seeded Indiana University-Pennsylvania.

After unleashing 23 shots on goal in the first period without scoring, Hope netted two goals in a three minute span of the second. Freshman Andrew Radler of Midland, Mich. scored with a double assist credited to sophomore Kye Samuelson of Maplewood, Minn. and freshman Matt Adkins of Holland, Mich. The second and eventual winning goal was scored by freshman Peter Volbrechtof Dexter, Mich. with assists given to freshmen Jeff Guy of Kalkaska, Mich. and Chris Strauss of Barrington, Ill.

The Florida team scored midway through the third period and gained a significant advantage when two Hope players ended up in the penalty box with 2:08 remaining. Faced with a 6-3 player disadvantage, the Dutchmen were able to stave off the Floridians behind senior goalkeeper Ben Von Eitzen of Vicksburg, Mich.

Hope held a 47-28 advantage in shots on goal with Von Eitzen credited with 26 saves.