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Men's Hockey Gold-CH - Sun, Oct. 1, 2017

RMU's tenth ranked Gold hockey team earned a split with #7 University of Michigan-Dearborn, losing the opener 5-4 and winning the finale 2-1.  The split moved the Eagles' record to 3-1 on the young season.

The opener was an exciting see-saw affair, with the teams exchanging leads and goals.  Junior transfer Sam Turner (FR/Creve Couer, Mo.) opened the scoring with a shot from a tough angle just as the net was getting dislodged. The referee allowed the goal to give Gold a 1-0 lead. The lead lasted less than two minutes, as UMD got a goal from an extreme angle of their own to tie the game. The Wolverines went ahead two minutes later on a 2 on 1 rebound. But Turner would tie the game with 2:35 left in the period on an amazing solo rush. Taking the puck from senior linemate Dan Doyle (SR/New Lenox, Ill.), Turner carried the puck past an opposing forward and into the neutral zone. He deked through another Wolverine before slipping the puck through the legs of a UMD defenseman. He let a low shot go through a tough angle that beat UMD goalie Mike Proudlock low the the far corner of the net for one of the prettiest goals you'll ever see.The period ended tied at 2.

UMD took the lead 3-2 in the second, but Gold tied the game right after a face-off. Doyle won a draw back to Turner. With senior captain Gavin Burbach (SR/Newberry, Mich.) effectively blocking the middle, Turner walked into the slot and let fly with a shot. Doyle lifted his stick and effected a perfect deflection, and the game was tied at 3. RMU took it's second lead of the game, when Ryan Martin (JR/Rochester, Minn.) slapped home a shot from close in. But with Gold on the PK down to 3 men on the ice, Dearborn tied the game with just 14 seconds left in the period.

UMD took the lead for good in the third on another power play after the Eagles took a bad too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. With less than a minute to go and their goalie pulled, Gold hacked away looking for the tying goal. They had 3 prime chances from close-in but couldnt complete the effort, and UMD held on for the 5-4 win.

In the series finale, the Eagles came out flying, establishing pressure against the Wolverines, who were held in the contest by the strong work of goalie Proudlock. In the first period, he stole a sure goal from senior Josh Hart (SR/Centennial, Colo.) and he would keep up those heroics throughout the game. At the other end of the ice, red shirt sophomore Chris Mallon (JR/Burnsville, Minn.) was equally strong, making tough saves against the potent UMD offense anchored by Justin Dunn and Tyler Groat. The first period ended scoreless.

The second period saw RMU go on 4 consecutive power plays, but Gold surrendered the only goal during that time, when a turnover resulted in a goal by Dunn. Proudlock made amazing saves on Burbach, Martin, and Chasteen during that time, but the home team could not solve him.

Down 1-0 going into the third, RMU kept pressing. After Proudlock robbed Martin again, UMD had two great scoring chances against Mallon who responded with brilliance of his own. Halfway through the last period, RMU went to the power play again. Last year;s rookie of the year, Alex Anderson (JR/Knife River, Minn.) made a strong play to work the ouck behind the UMD goal. He slipped the puck to Martin who quickly passed through the goal mouth to senior forward Brett Leppek (SR/Au Gres, Mich.). Leppek chipped the puck into the back of the net to tie the game. The clock ticked down, and with 5 minutes left, it appeared the season's first overtime was looming. But Chasteen passed the puck to the point to senior defenseman Connor McGovern (SR/Eagan, Minn.). McGovern walked the puck across the blue line and around a UMD defender. He let a long low shot go, and the shot found it's way through a screen, under Proudlock, and into the back of the net giving the home team it's first lead of the game.

With the goalie pulled, UMD pressed to tie the game, but the quartet of Chasteen ( who blocked 2 shots as time was running out ), Nick Gnagini, Nick Rizzo (JR/Leavenworth, Kan.), and Bo Borowski (SR/Bemidji, Minn.) formed a wall in front of Mallon to preserve the win, and give the Eagles their first win of the year. Mallon made 30 saves for his second win of the year.

"This was a big an early season game as you can play," said head coach Chico Adrahtas. "Proudlock was sensational in their net, and to be able to combine the patience and urgency we needed to create the win was very important. This was a game we would not have won last year."

Gold now heads to the road for consecutive weekends, visiting John Carrol University for games October 6 and 7, #3 ranked Adrien College October 13 and 14, before returning home to play Rochester ( MI ) College October 21 and 22.

 
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