Hockey team chalks up one win, one tie

Michael Gill

Michael Gill

Sticking true to the rivalry formula the Jackrabbit hockey team scraped and fought out the weekend series with Dordt to come away with a 5-4 win in overtime on Friday and came out of Saturday’s game with a tie.

At Larson Ice Center last Friday the Jackrabbits managed to tough out Dordt to pull off the win at 2:17 in the overtime period, despite totaling 37 penalty minutes on 13 total penalties.

“Sometimes when you see hockey players, you just shake your head,” said coach Marty Schipull.

Starting out Friday night, the two teams tallied 15 penalty minutes in the second period alone, six of those being five minute majors for roughing. Into the third period the Jacks lead 3-1 but Dordt quickly bit into that lead and took over the game on a goal with 6:12 left in the game. The Jacks didn’t take long to take back the momentum of the game and tie it up and take it into overtime. Maintaining the momentum the Jacks won the game only 2 minutes and 17 seconds into the overtime period on an un-assisted goal Wes Dugstad.

Although the outcome of Friday’s game was what coach Schipull would want he wasn’t happy with all the on-ice desicions. Saturday’s game gave him more to cheer about though as the Jacks played an overall improved game that a coach would want despite that the players “were not neccesarily doing legal things to each other” Schipull said. Sticking to the formula of even games for rivals the two teams lit up the scoreboard 4-4 by the end of the second period and by the end of regulation neither team was able to pull ahead. Going into overtime for the second night in a row, the Jacks weren’t able to take over the momentum as they did Friday and the game ended a 4-4 tie.

“No one person stood out (against Dordt), and thats great. It’s a team thing, and you have to have that group of 18-20 skating strong. This group has a lot of potential…we could have one of the better clubs that we have had in a few years,” Schipull said.

This weekend the Jacks will be playing at home against Iowa State University Junior Varsity. The Jacks will be hitting the ice Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.