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Calvin Hockey Team Drops 4-2 Decision to Hope at Jolly Roger Ice Arena

Saturday, December 05, 2009

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(written by Andrew Knot)

The Calvin Hope rivalry took ice Friday night for the first installment of a home and home between the two squads. 

Hope set the tone early when freshman Justin Johnston rifled a shot from the left wing into the upper right corner giving Hope a 1-0 advantage.  Calvin attempted to respond with a power play later in the first period but was hardly able to muster a shot on net.  The first period concluded with Hope on top 1-0.

In the second period, Hope doubled its lead off of a five on three power play opportunity.

Calvin’s Coach Mike Petrusma cited penalties as a key shortcoming in Calvin’s game. 

“Dum lack of effort penalties hurt us tonight,” he commented.

But Calvin cut the lead to 2-1 on a Justin Blaauwendraat break-away goal in the second period.  That goal cut the deficit in half and rejuvenated the packed stands in the Jolly Roger Arena. 

But Hope’s attack was too much in the final period.  A Johnston power play goal increased the lead to 3-1.  Johnston then completed the hat-trick with a shorthanded goal later in the third.

Calvin was able to trim the margin to 4-2 when Jarod Balog lit the lamp with 2 minutes remaining in the game.  That goal was all Calvin could manage for late-game fireworks, however.  And the Knights fell 4-2.

Coach Petrusma said of the game, “We have a good enough team but we have to play better than we did tonight.  At this point it’s up to the guys to decide what they want to do this year.”

The two teams will play again on Saturday night at the Edge Ice Arena in Holland.

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