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IPFW Achieves Back-to-Back Wins Against Northwood University


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Written by: Sean O'LearyNovember 08, 2014

The IPFW hockey club finished the weekend with two straight wins against an aggressive Northwood University on Oct. 25.

After a physical start to the game, Northwood managed to put one past IPFW goaltender Nathan Pratt to gain a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, IPFW forward Mitch Lyness deked past Northwood defenders and slid the puck past the goaltender to tie the game at 1-1. IPFW defenseman Ryan Eichorst rifled a shot from the point and managed to get a power-play goal, giving the Mastodons a 2-1 lead. The Dons took a five-minute penalty after rightwinger Tyler Mason earned a game misconduct for boarding.  Northwood tied up the game on a powerplay, sending the teams into the second period 2-2.

Four minutes into the second period, Northwood’s Jeffrey Massie received a game misconduct for boarding. IPFW center Derek Moss took the opportunity and went five-hole to gain a 3-2 lead. Twenty seconds later, forward Jay Conkling put one in the back of the net to make the game 4-2.  Shortly after Northwood scored later in the second, Mitch Lyness got his second goal of the game on a short handed play. The second period finished 5-4 following another goal from Northwood.

Two minutes into the third period, IPFW forward Brendan Lewis scored off of a one-timer to make the game 6-4. The next 10 minutes were a back and forth between the Dons and Northwood before Northwood managed to score, bringing the game to 6-5.  For the Dons, forward Richard Sorensen deked past the defender on a one-on-one situation to sneak the puck past a sprawling goalie. Despite Northwood getting another goal at the one-minute mark, Sorenson got an empty-net goal with six seconds left, giving the Dons a 8-6 victory.

Head coach Ron Leef said that the game was two-sided. The surplus of goals for both teams showed that IPFW’s offensive lines were producing well, but that the defense could use a little work.

“To win a game you have to outscore the other team, and that’s what we did,” Leef said.

Leef added that players like Jay Conkling and Mitch Wilkins showed great effort in the game.

“We got some help from guys that hadn’t really done much,” Leef said. “(when) Tyler Mason got kicked out of the game, those guys got more ice time, and they took advantage of it.”

The Dons next home game is Saturday, Nov. 8 at 4:50 p.m. against Holy Cross.