The Calvin Knights ACHA D1 Hockey Team defeated the Oakland University Grizzlies 5-4 on Saturday night.
In the first period the Knights came out strong and quickly got all over the Grizzly defense. About halfway through the first the Knights found the breakthrough with a goal from Cal Erdmann with the assists from Garrett Pitter and Austin Huzienga. The Grizzlies fought back hard but could not get one past the Knights goaltender. At the end of the first period the Knights headed to the break with a 1-0 lead.
In the second period the game started to open up a bit more with really good chances for both sides. Just five minutes into the second the Grizzlies tied the game up at 1-1. About five minutes later the Knights took the lead back with a goal from Brandon VanOphem with the assist from Riley Robertson. Just a minute later the Knights got on the board again with a goal from Garrett Pitter with the helpers from Spencer Rowlette and Austin Huzienga. With about five minutes to go in the second the Knights got on the scoresheet once more with a goal from Billy Oakes. At the end of the second the Knights held a 4-1 lead.
In the third period the Grizzlies fought back hard to make a comeback. The Knights defense held the Grizzlies attack till about the halfway point of the period. With about twelve minutes to go in the period the Grizzlies scored their second goal. About five minutes later the Grizzlies tallied another. Just a minute later the Grizzlies got their third goal of the period and tied the game at 4-4. With about five minutes to go in the period the Knights took the lead back once more with a goal from Nick Workman with the assist from Garrett Pitter. The third period concluded with a Knights victory over the Grizzlies 5-4.
Knights Goaltender Alex Gross had another strong game with 26 saves on the night.