Hockey Night at Calvin - Knights Defeat Dordt & Raise Funds and Awareness for Cancer
Friday, October 23, 2009
By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
In what was billed as, “The Battle for CRC Ice Supremacy,” the Calvin College Knights took total control of the Dordt Blades, capitalizing on seemingly unlimited chances, conceding limited opportunities, and exercising an irresistible perseverance in an 8-3 victory at Calvin’s home Jolly Roger Arena.
But interdenominational competition was not the only focus of the game. The game served as a fundraiser for breast cancer. Pink shirts, shoelaces, and stick tape set the scene for a special night. Calvin College President Dr. Gaylen Byker and Academic Services Disability Coordinator June DeBoer ceremonially dropped the first puck. The night marked the one year anniversary of DeBoer’s diagnosis of breast cancer, which she has since overcome.
When the first puck dropped, the Knights reformed the game early, scoring four goals in the first period. Two of those goals came from Senior Captain Justin Blaauwendraat, giving him seven on the year. The early goals rendered the Blades almost totally lifeless, before Dordt got on the board late in the first period with a power play goal, ending the period with Calvin on top 4-1.
“It was definitely very important to set the tempo early. Lately we have been struggling to come out of the gate strong. It was good to do that tonight,” said Blaauwendraat.
After going down early, Dordt Head Coach Bill Elgersma called for a more offensive philosophy, bringing another player into the attack. The extra attacker brought the Blades another goal in the second period, but not before sophomore Scott Plakmeyer found the back of the net. Plakmeyer deked a Blade defender, playing the puck off the boards and getting free on the wing. He continued to streak down the wing and play a low shot past Dordt Goalkeeper Ted Gibbons. After a run of three nearly consecutive Calvin penalties, the second period concluded at 5-2.
In the intermission, Calvin Coach Mike Petrusma called his team’s play a little “lackadaisical,” despite the convincing margin on the scoreboard. The Knights took the ice in the third period eager to shake that label.
They did just that, putting three more goals on the board and conceding one more, amassing a 8-3 margin. Included in those goals was a two on one short-handed effort from Senior Adam Van Opstall. That score held, and the Knights reigned supreme in the CRC clash.
“We can build off some good things and correct some things,” said Coach Petrusma. “I thank the Calvin community for coming out. It’s always a wonderful experience to play at home.”
Both coaches were very proud of the opportunity to play for the cause of breast cancer awareness. Dordt Coach Elgersma said, “It doesn’t matter what uniform you’re wearing tonight, as long you’re wearing pink.”