Category Archives: Calvin College Knights

RECAP: Calvin Earns Season Sweep of WMU Stallions on 6-3 Victory

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Calvin goalkeeper Alex Gross in pregame warmups.

The Calvin College Knights defeated the Western Michigan Stallions 6-3 Wednesday night at Wings West, giving Calvin wins in all four of their regular season meetings with WMU.   Jared Virtanen and Christian Gums both tallied hat-tricks in the Calvin victory.

The Knights took control from the very start with three goals in the first ten minutes.  Virtanen had the first score just over three minutes into the game on a rebound.  Four minutes later right as a four-on-four turned into a Calvin powerplay, Gums gave the Knights a 2-0 lead.   About two minutes later on a powerplay, Virtanen scored again and Calvin carried the 3-0 advantage through the first intermission.

With 16:39 left in the second period, Gums added his second goal of the night.   Right as a powerplay expired with 6:53 to go, Gums made it a hat-trick, giving Calvin a 5-0 lead into the second break.

Western Michigan was able to win the third period 3-1, although the hole was too deep to climb out of.  A big blue-line slapshot by Corey Siwula got the Stallions on the board with 12:53 remaining.  With 8:47 left, Zach Roberts managed to poke it past Calvin goalie Alex Gross through a ton of traffic.    At 5:13, Virtanen got his third goal for Calvin for some extra cushion, although the Stallions did get one more in the final minute from Brandon Grillo.   Gross was credited with 32 saves for the Knights.

WMU (26th in the latest ACHA Division 1 computer rankings) drops to 9-9-1 officially overall and is off until the first weekend of December with a trip to Kent State.    Calvin (23rd in the rankings) improves to 6-5-1 and travels to Rochester College Friday at 8 p.m., then hosts Rochester Saturday at 1 p.m.

Listen back to Wednesday’s game below:

PREVIEW: WMU Stallions Meet Calvin for Fourth Time

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Listen live online Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET on the Slocum Sports Network to ACHA Division 1 hockey as the Western Michigan University Stallions host the Calvin College Knights at Wings West.  It will be the fourth and final meeting between the teams in the regular season and like their most recent game, this will count toward the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) standings.

2017 marked the beginning of this hockey rivalry between two schools an hour apart with Calvin’s debut Division 1 season.   Both teams sit near the .500 mark through mid-November with the Stallions at 9-8-1 and the Knights at 5-5-1.   Last week’s D1 computer ranking placed Calvin 24th and WMU 30th.   Both teams are looking to climb into a top 20 spot, with the top 20 in the final rankings placed into the national tournament.

Calvin has gotten the better of Western Michigan in their three other meetings this season.   Their first ever meeting back on October 6 at Calvin saw a late rally by the Knights, forcing overtime with a goal in the final six seconds of regulation for an eventual 3-2 win.    The next night in Kalamazoo, Calvin won a 7-6 back-and-forth affair.  Meeting #3 came two Wednesdays ago in Grand Rapids, a 6-2 Calvin win.

Since that most recent match, the Stallions have earned three wins, one loss, and one shootout defeat.   Calvin played Eastern Michigan that weekend to a shootout loss and a victory.   Officially, any shootout games are marked as a tie for computer ranking purposes.  Wednesday’s game will be Calvin’s first action in 11 days.

Listen live to Wednesday’s game online via the Slocum Sports Network with puck drop scheduled for around 7:30 p.m. from Wings West.

RECAP: Calvin Outraces Western Michigan 7-6

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The Calvin College Knights defeated the Western Michigan Stallions 7-6 Saturday at Wings West, giving Calvin a 2-0-0 start to their first season in ACHA Division 1.   The Knights rushed ahead with goals from Jared Virtanen, Dean Griffin, and Christian Gums (powerplay) within the first 6:07.    Griffin scored again midway through the first and Calvin carried a 4-0 advantage into the first break.

Western Michigan fired back, getting goals from Zachary Roberts and Christian Sana within the first three minutes of the second.  Eight minutes in, Nick Sulen scored and put the Stallions back within one.  However, Ryan Bradley put Calvin back up by two with eight minutes to go, followed by a 4-on-4 strike from Gums about 90 seconds later, giving Calvin a 6-3 lead into the second intermission.

The Stallions again scored fast to start the period, finding goals by Josh Kirsch and Brandon Grillo (powerplay) within the first 3:02.   30 seconds after Grillo’s goal, Virtanen pushed the Calvin lead back to two.  Kyle Berry scored midway through the third and put Western Michigan again within one goal, but they were unable to even the contest in the final 9:31.

WMU had 40 shots on net to 28 for Calvin.   In his first ever start, Calvin goalie Darin Fox made 34 saves.   The Stallions started with Sam Woznicki in net, but pulled him for Myles Madden after the third goal of the game.

Western Michigan drops to 4-2-0, having lost in overtime at Calvin on Friday.   WMU heads east to Buffalo next Friday and Saturday.  The Knights start the season at 2-0-0, they have a home-and-home series Thursday and Saturday with Davenport.

Listen back to Saturday’s game below:

PREVIEW: Unbeaten Stallions Face Debuting Calvin

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This weekend, the Western Michigan Stallions face off with the Calvin College Knights in a home-and-home series.   Saturday’s game can be heard live online via the Slocum Sports Network with a 5 p.m. puck drop from Wings West in Kalamazoo.   Meanwhile, Friday’s contest is set for 8 p.m. from Calvin and can be viewed via Calvin’s Livestream.

The Stallions are off to a perfect 4-0-0 start so far this season.   Three weeks ago, they defeated Lewis University 6-2 and 9-3, then won two weeks ago 7-4 and 3-1 at the University of Pittsburgh.  This weekend’s games will be the first against a Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League foe, although these two games won’t count toward the league standings.  (Only two games played do and these two squads meet again in November).

For Calvin, this is their season debut and first ever series within ACHA Division 1.  The Knights have been a Division 3 power for many years and made it to the national championship last season.    Although the Knights have lost their top-five goal scorers from last year, they most notably return goalie Alex Cross, who allowed just under two goals per game and had a .932 save percentage.

The series begins Friday night at Calvin with an 8 p.m. start., which can be seen via Calvin’s Livestream.     Then, listen live Saturday on the Slocum Sports Network with puck drop at 5 p.m. from Wings West in Kalamazoo.

RECAP: Kalamazoo Takes Both Parts of Soccer Doubleheader

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Libby Munoz (#16) scored the game-winning goal with an assist by Allison Shaw (#11)

Tuesday was a winning night for the Kalamazoo College soccer programs at Mackenzie Field, as both the men and women earned wins over MIAA foes.   The Hornet women won the first contest 3-2 over Calvin College, followed by a 3-1 men’s victory over Olivet College.

In the women’s game, the Hornets scored first, but found themselves down 2-1 at half.   Libby Munoz scored all three Kalamazoo goals, including the game winner with under three minutes remaining.    Watch the winning goal here.

In the men’s game, two goals in the final seven minutes of the first half put the Hornets ahead over Olivet.  The Comets started the second with a quick goal, but Kalamazoo matched it about three minutes later.   Jacob Pink scored twice for the Hornets, both on penalty kicks set up due to hand-balls in the box.

You can re-watch both games below:

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo College Hosts MIAA Soccer Doubleheader Tuesday

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Coming up Tuesday, the Kalamazoo College women’s and men’s soccer programs will host MIAA rivals Calvin and Olivet at Mackenzie Field.   You can listen to both games via the Slocum Sports Network and watch both via the Kalamazoo College Livestream.

Up first at 5 p.m. is the women’s game against Calvin.  The Hornets sit at 6-5-0 overall and are tied for fourth in the MIAA at 5-3-0.    Calvin is second in the league at 6-2-0 and holds a 9-3-0 overall mark.   They opened MIAA play against each other back on September 6, a game won by the Knights 2-1.

The men’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. and is the first meeting this season between Kalamazoo and Olivet.  The Hornets are fourth in the MIAA at 3-3-0 and have a 4-5-1 overall mark.   The Comets are winless in the MIAA so far at 0-3-3 with an overall record at 1-7-3.

Catch both games Tuesday online via the Slocum Sports Network and via the Kalamazoo College Livestream.

RECAP/AUDIO: Kalamazoo College Takes Final Regular Season Series Over Calvin

0506171458The Kalamazoo College baseball team split their home finale Saturday to Calvin College, falling to the Knights 3-2 in game one (seven innings), but winning the second game 9-3.   Along with Friday’s two road wins, the Hornets take the four-game series and end the regular season with a record of 28-12, second in the MIAA at 20-8.   Calvin ends at 19-21 and 13-15 in MIAA play, which will be enough for fourth and the final conference tournament spot.

The Knights travel to regular-season champion Adrian Wednesday for the first round of the MIAA tournament, start time TBA.   The Hornets host third-seed Hope Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a game that can be heard on the Slocum Sports Network.

Listen back to Saturday’s games below:



PREVIEW: MIAA Tournament Positioning At Stake as Kalamazoo Hosts Calvin

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Listen live Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET on the Slocum Sports Network
as the Kalamazoo College Hornets host the Calvin College Knights in a baseball doubleheader to conclude the regular season.  Saturday’s games will be the third and fourth of their season series, with two games at Calvin set for Friday.   The games will make a big impact on the final MIAA standings with the conference tournament looming next week.

Kalamazoo enters the weekend at 17-7 in the MIAA, sitting second and unable to catch first-place Adrian (21-3).  The Hornets are locked-in to the four-team tournament, currently ahead of Hope (15-9).  Kalamazoo does hold the tiebreaker and Hope has the misfortune of ending against Adrian, but the Hornets are hoping to seal up the second spot and a first-round game at home with success against Calvin.   The Hornets (25-11 overall) also hope to add to their 25 wins, which set the mark for the most in a season for the program.

For Calvin, they enter the weekend in the fourth spot at 12-12 (18-18 overall).   However, it’s a small cushion with Trine (11-15) and Alma (10-14) still lurking behind them.   The Knights need success to remain in fourth and possibly challenge for third if Hope struggles.

When Kalamazoo and Calvin met at the end of last season, they split their four games.   The road team won each time, with the Hornets winning 4-3 and 16-11 (10 innings) at Calvin, and the Knights winning 3-2 and 10-4 at Kalamazoo.

Listen live to Saturday’s season finale on the Slocum Sports Network with game one scheduled for 1 p.m.   The first game will be seven-innings, followed by a nine-inning second game.   The games can also be seen Saturday via the Kalamazoo College Livestream.