The Calvin University Knights ACHA D1 Hockey Team were defeated by the Aquinas College St. Bernard's 5-1 on Saturday night.
Going into the game on Saturday the Knights looked to break their two game losing streak and get back on the winning track. Sadly, for the Knights the game did not go plan and their winning hopes were crushed.
In the first period the Knights once again struggled to get going quickly in the game. Once again the Knights were pushed back deep in their own zone and struggled to get the puck out and into offensive territory. With about thirteen minutes to go in the frame the St. Bernard's found a way through the Knights defense to take a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later they quickly extended that lead to 2-0. The Knights fought back the rest of the period but could not find the back of the net.
At the end of the first period the Knights found themselves trailing 2-0. The Knights were also outshot 7-12.
In the second period the struggles continued for the Knights. Again the Knights struggled to find any momentum in the game to get them going offensively and on the defensive end they suffered even more. About halfway through the period the St. Bernard's found the back of the net again to extend their lead to 3-0. Once again, the Knights did their best to get back in the game and put pressure on the St. Bernard's defense, but it was not enough and they still search for the breakthrough goal.
At the end of the second period the Knights now found themselves trailing 3-0. The Knights were outshot 6-19.
In the third period the Knights started the period off in great position. Within thirty seconds the Knights finally got on the board with a powerplay goal from Ian Elkins with the assist from Riley Robertson. About seven minutes later the St. Bernard's got the goal back to bring their lead back to three goals. With about three minutes to go in the frame the St. Bernard's added an insurance goal to extend their lead even further to 5-1.
At the end of regulation the St. Bernard's came out victorious over the Knights 5-1. The Knights were outshot 8-10 in the final period.
Knights Goaltender Josh Gruene finished the game with 36 saves.
The Knights are back in action on Wednesday, February 24th as they take on the Davenport University Panthers at 7:30PM.