LTU hockey team falls twice to IPFW
Monday, January 14th, 2013
By Carol Yerby
It was not a good weekend for the Lawrence Technological University hockey team, which lost both games of the Jan. 11-12 weekend series to Indiana-Purdue University-Fort Wayne. In the Friday night game on LTU’s home ice IPFW won, 4-2. In the Jan. 12 game held on IPFW’s home ice, the Mastodons shut out the visiting Blue Devils, 4-0.
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Victory slipped away from the Blue Devils at the last minute of the first game. The visiting Mastodons had scored twice in the first period. Then the Blue Devils scored two goals late in the second period.
Senior defenseman Mark Koenigsknecht (Grand Rapids, MI) assisted by senior forward John Fick (Hudsonville, MI) made LTU’s first goal at 8:43. A power-play goal was scored at 5:12 by senior defenseman Nick Lemmo (Windsor, Ontario), assisted by senior forward Phil Lywood (Windsor, Ontario).
With a 2-2 tie and time running out, it looked like the game was going into overtime. Then with 1:00 left the puck curved around LTU’s senior goalie George Grzywacz (Clinton Township, MI) and into the net. Grzywacz was then pulled so an extra player could be on the ice in scoring position. Unfortunately, the gamble didn’t play off as the Mastodons scored an empty-net goal with 0:22 left in the game for a 4-2 win.
“The first period we started a little slow. We are coming off the Christmas break so that might have something to do with it. The second period we started to play pretty well. The third period we got a few bad breaks and they (IPFW) capitalized on them,” said senior defenseman Ben Videan (Traverse City, MI).
Forwards Kaleb Rodes (Traverse City, MI) and Steve Shalayko (Oxford, MI) agreed that overall the team played well. That sentiment was echoed by their coach.
“The team played well for the most part. I thought we deserved better than we got,” said Head Coach Ken Gaffney.
In the rematch played at Fort Wayne the following afternoon, IPFW again picked up two goals in the first period. The first goal was on a power play at 13:01. The Mastodons scored again with 8:15 on the clock. Then IPFW scored in the second period and added the fourth goal at 2:10 in the third period on another power play.
Penalties really hurt the Blue Devils. LTU had a total of 13 penalties for the game while IPFW players sat in the box nine times. IPFW’s defense also held LTU to 26 shots on goal. Meanwhile, the Mastodons’ offense kept LTU’s senior goalie George Grzywacz (Clinton Township, MI) busy. Grzywacz made 41 saves while facing 45 shots on goal.
LTU will travel to Indiana for a weekend series with Holy Cross College Jan. 19-20. The Blue Devils’ next home game will be against Northwood University Jan. 25. The puck drops at 8 p.m.