MCRHL Weekend Live Blog: November 19-20 in Homer Glen, IL

We’ll recap our initial preview and give you a little bit more on what happened in Homer Glen.

Games to Watch:

D1: Every game Grand Valley State plays
Without Michigan State dominating D1 MCRHL play this weekend, all eyes fall on Grand Valley State, and whether or not someone can knock them down. Challengers include:

Miami (OH) (2-3-1)
 Key Player: Andrew Augustine, D (5 G / 8 A / 13 pts in 7 GP)

This was the toughest game of the weekend for Grand Valley State (now ) after the weekend. The Lakers would score first, with just 3:32 left in the first period, and would head into the second frame up 1-0. In the 2nd, Miami would outshoot GVSU 14-6, but GVSU goaltender Aaron Mizgalski was up for the challenge, stopping all 14. No goals were scored until 4:27 left in the third, when Dominic Zuelch would give GVSU the 2-0 lead. A late empty netter would seal it as the Lakers, outshot 31-20 in the game, held on. Final Score: GVSU 3, Miami 0. 

Eastern Michigan (3-3-0)

Key Players: Hunter Ledgerwood, F (22 G / 19 A / 41 pts in 8 GP)
and captain Corey Dare, D (11 G / 21 A / 32 pts in 8 GP)
… and yes, those stats are correct.

20 total goals in this one. All that will be said is this: these are the games where scoring titles are made. Kenny Wurth put up 8 points for GVSU; don’t let that fool you though. He still has 16 points in his other 6 games.

You can see the box score here.
 Final score: GVSU 13, EMU 7 

Western Michigan (0-7-0)
Key Player: Josh Ward, F (12 G / 7 A / 19 pts in 7 GP)

Western Michigan came out to Homer Glen and had a great weekend. The game against GVSU was no exception. WMU’s Josh Ward would score right off the bat, and the Mustangs led 2-1 after the first period. It could have been worse for GVSU, who went 2/2 on the PK. In the 2nd, it was WMU who found themselves in the box. GVSU’s Cody Hagen would make them pay twice, and the Lakers lead 3-2 after two.

Hagen wasn’t done, and would score his hat trick goal 34 seconds into the third. WMU answered quickly, and for much of the third period the scoreboard read:
GVSU 4  WMU 3. That changed with 3:40 left on the clock, as GVSU scored three times in a span of 62 seconds.

Special teams ultimately made the difference in this one.  WMU had to play 4 of the first 8 minutes of the 3rd shorthanded, while still within a goal. While they killed those two penalties, that wasted precious time they needed to close the gap.  
Final score: GVSU 7, WMU 3. 

D2: Akron (6-0-0 Overall, 3-0-0 MCRHL) vs. Michigan Tech (3-1-0)                           Saturday, November 19 @ 3:00 PM

Akron might be the team to beat in D2 this year. Bold statement? Well, we did say might be. (It’s hard to look off the Roller Vols of Tennessee). Regardless, the Zips are a contender this year.  Freshman Mike Smith has 19 points (10g/9a) in 6 games, and Senior Joey Nahay trails just behind him with 17 points (9g/8a) in 7 games. Korey Davis stops pucks consistently for the Zips.

As for Michigan Tech, let’s just say Alex Davis — the winner of the first weekend’s MCRHL Player of The Week award will look to lead the Huskies over a strong Zips team. Oh, did we mention that Michigan Tech beat Tennessee at Nationals last year?

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