Category Archives: WMU Stallions Hockey

PREVIEW: WMU Stallions Head to Davenport

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The Western Michigan Stallions head north Thursday and Saturday for Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) action against Davenport University.   Both games can be seen live via the Davenport Athletics Network with Thursday’s game around 9 p.m. and Saturday’s around 3:30 p.m.   Both squads are around the .500 mark overall.

The Stallions enter the series with a 9-11-1 overall record, although in GLCHL games, they are 1-7-0-0, eighth out of nine teams with three points.   They began December play last weekend at Kent State, falling 3-2 and 7-1 against the Golden Flashes.   In the latest ACHA Division 1 computer rankings, the Stallions are 30th, needing wins to make up ground for one of the coveted top 20 spots needed for a national tournament berth.

Davenport is currently inside that top 20 narrowly, holding the 18th spot with an 8-8-0 record.    Within GLCHL play, they are 3-2-0-0, placing them fourth with 11 points.    The Panthers have only taken to the ice once post-Thanksgiving, a 7-1 win last Saturday over Eastern Michigan.

Davenport won both meetings over the Stallions last season, 10-2 and 5-1.   Two seasons ago, the Panthers won thrice, 4-3, 4-3 (OT), and 6-2.   The last Western Michigan victories against Davenport came in September 2014.

Both games can be seen live via the Davenport Athletics Network with Thursday’s game around 9 p.m. and Saturday’s around 3:30 p.m.

 

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: WMU Stallions Beat Eastern Michigan 5-3

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The Western Michigan Stallions downed the Eastern Michigan Eagles 5-3 Saturday at Wings West, giving them a split for the weekend after dropping their Friday contest 4-2.     Eastern Michigan scored first as Josh Davenport was assisted by Joshua Somers with 14:12 to go in the first.   The Stallions tied it up with Brandon Grillo’s goal, assisted by Devin Farkas, with 7:19 left.

WMU faced a five-minute major off a boarding penalty, but killed it off and got a Josh Kirsch shorthanded goal with 5:54 remaining, taking a 2-1 Stallion lead into the first intermission.  The Eagles scored the second period’s lone goal with 7:37 left thanks to Tim Conlin.  Conlin then put the Eagles ahead six minutes into the third period, 3-2.

About two minutes later, EMU committed dueling minor penalties, allowing Stallions defenseman Michael Altobelli to tally a 5-on-3 goal to tie the game.   A standard powerplay with 6:33 left put WMU ahead as Wyatt Ford found Farkas at the net, who gave a quick reversal to Brandon Grillo.    Farkas put one in himself three minutes later to seal the win.

Unofficially, WMU had 42 shots on goal to EMU’s 35.  Myles Madden made 33 saves for the Stallions with 38 for Eastern’s Kevin O’Shea.  The Stallions move to 6-4-0 overall and meet Adrian next week, hitting the road Thursday and hosting Saturday.   The Eagles fall to 6-3-0 and host Trine Thursday, followed by Davenport at home Friday.

Listen back to Saturday’s game below:

PREVIEW: Western Michigan Stallions Host Eastern Michigan

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This weekend, the Western Michigan Stallions host the Eastern Michigan Eagles for hockey action at Wings West Friday and Saturday evening.   Puck drop is set for around roughly 6:15 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and you can listen to Saturday’s game live online via the Slocum Sports Network.

The Stallions enter the series at 5-3-0 overall, splitting in their road trip to Buffalo last weekend with a 3-2 overtime win and a 7-0 loss.   The Eagles are 5-2-0 thus far and split a home-and-home with Aquinas last weekend, winning 4-3 and losing 1-0.

Last season, the Stallions won all four meetings over EMU, 7-3 and 5-4 on the road, 6-3 and 7-3 at home.   WMU also went 4-0 over EMU the previous two seasons, with the last Eagle victory over the Stallions coming on December 6, 2013.   However, the Eagles are significantly improved, already topping their three total wins from last season.

Both games this weekend are at Wings West in Kalamazoo with puck drop scheduled for around roughly 6:15 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.   You can listen to Saturday’s contest online live via the Slocum Sports Network.

RECAP: Grand Valley Whacks Western Michigan 6-2

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The Grand Valley State Lakers defeated the Western Michigan Stallions 6-2 Sunday at Wings Event Center in their first ever ACHA Division 3 meeting.   The Lakers racked up 69 shots on goal to only 12 from the Stallions, although strong goaltending from WMU’s Jared Holsing kept the game from getting completely lopsided.

The first period was GVSU’s best, despite playing down a man for half of it due to two boarding majors.  Three of their goals came within three minutes midway through the first period, coming from Brody Vanderlinde, Alex Bjork (4-on-4), and Billy Bonser.  WMU’s Ryan Sutcliffe scored with 7:31 remaining on a 5-on-3 powerplay, followed by a Spencer Godin Laker goal two minutes later and a 4-1 Grand Valley lead.

The Stallions won the second period with Holsing making 21 saves.   The frame’s lone goal came with 2:34 remaining from Nino Romita, putting Western back within two.   Grand Valley resumed control in the third, scoring five minutes in from Corey Smith, then again with four minutes remaining by Austin Lipsey.

GVSU improves to 6-1-0 with the win and faces Oakland this weekend for a home-and-home.   WMU drops to 1-5-0 and has two road games ahead Friday and Saturday at UM-Flint.

Listen back to Sunday’s game below:

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: WMU Stallions Outgun Lewis Flyers 9-3

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The Western Michigan Stallions won their home opener in a late game which spanned Saturday evening into Sunday morning at Wings West, defeating the Lewis University Flyers 9-3.   That win, combined with the 6-2 Stallion win from Friday at Lewis, gives WMU a 2-0 start to the season and Lewis a 0-2 start.

The Stallions’ Devin Farkas scored the first goal about three minutes in, assisted by Wyatt Ford.  Lewis evened the game on a breakaway Nick Madej score with 11:49 remaining.  They kept it tied for much of the period, despite WMU getting far more shots on net.  Two minor penalties in quick succession killed Lewis in the final two minutes of the first.     It took nine seconds of 5-on-3 hockey for Patrick Nicholson to find the back of the net and Zachary Roberts added one 42 seconds later for a 3-1 Stallion lead at the break.

The next two goals both went to Western Michigan, courtesy of Christian Sana.  Lewis tried to stay alive with a mid-period score by Matt Anderson right off a face-off.  However, Zach Kirsch matched him for WMU 32 seconds later, assisted by Kyle Berry.   Berry scored himself with 4:22 remaining to take a 7-2 lead into the second intermission.  Owen Ryan tallied Lewis’ final goal five minutes into the third.   Roberts would score twice more for the Stallions, finishing the evening with a hat-trick.

Western Michigan had 43 shots on goal to 28 from Lewis, with Stallion goalie Myles Madden making 25 saves in the victory.   The first four goals allowed by Lewis came against Sergey Markelov.  He was relieved by Colton Edling, who fared no better.

The Stallions hit the road next weekend against the University of Pittsburgh.   They return to Michigan in the first weekend of October, traveling to Calvin that Friday and hosting them Saturday.   You can listen to the Saturday, October 7 contest live on the Slocum Sports Network.   Lewis begins Northern Collegiate Hockey League play next weekend as they host Marquette.

Listen back to the late night broadcast below:

PREVIEW: Western Michigan Stallions Open Season Against Lewis

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Listen live online Saturday at 9:35 p.m. ET on the Slocum Sports Network as the Western Michigan Stallions kick off the 2017-18 hockey season against the Lewis University Flyers.   These teams officially open at Lewis in Romeoville, Illinois Friday evening, then come to Kalamazoo and Wings West on Saturday night.

The Stallions finished last season at 17-16-1-1 overall, taking sixth in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League.   WMU ended ranked 24th in the final Division 1 ACHA poll, keeping them just outside of the 20-team playoff field.    Lewis finished 14-14-0-2, missing out on the Division 2 Regionals with a 15th final ranking in the Central Region.

Listen live to Saturday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network.   Originally scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, puck drop has been changed to 9:35 p.m.