Caleb Pollema and Clarissa Kraayenbrink—Staff Writers
The Dordt College Blades fell in three games this past weekend on a three-day road trip to Colorado.
The Blades began the trip by playing on Thursday night at CS World Arena in a matchup against University of Colorado-Colorado Springs who was 2-3 on the year with a 2-1 record at home upon entering the matchup.
During the game, junior Eric Van Laren scored a goal for the Blades off an assist from freshman Logan Visser and senior Adrian Visser. Van Laren’s goal was the only score by Dordt that night, and it was not enough to hold off the Mountain Lions. The Blades fell 4-1.
Next up for the Blades was a match against the Colorado School of Mines on Friday night at the Apex Center. The Orediggers came into the matchup with a 2-4-1 record, led by Oleksii Netreba, who had four goals on the year.
The Blades struggled offensively in this game. Not scoring a goal on the day, Dordt fell to the Colorado School of Mines by a final score of 0-7.
Dordt concluded their Colorado road trip on Saturday with a game against the United States Air Force Academy at Cadet Ice Arena.
Air Force came into the weekend with a 5-2 record and a perfect undefeated home record of 4-0. The Falcons were led by Douglass Gutierrez with seven goals on the year.
Freshman Mark Schouten scored two goals in the game and Logan Visser added one more to give the Blades three goals total on the night. Even though the Blades scored the most goals of the weekend in this game, their efforts fell short of a victory. The Falcons scored 18 goals in an offensive explosion, giving Dordt another loss on the weekend.
The Blades will regroup as they head into Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association play with a 2-7 record on the year. Dordt heads to Dubuque to play Wisconsin-Platteville for two games this Friday and Saturday.
The Blades will return home the following weekend for two games on Nov. 10 and 11 against Arkansas. The following week, the Blades will host their annual Clash in the Corn Nov. 16-18.