Oakland University Hockey defeated Adrian 4-0 to win the GLCHL playoff championship on Sunday afternoon.
“Its definitely a good step towards National's.” Grizzlies forward Kevin Kranker stated.
“I was staying down low cause I saw Jordan (MacDonald) on the ice and (Jon) Connors working hard and I was hoping they would chip it down to me.” Kranker stated when asked about his goal.
“It was a one-on-one with the D and he just pinched me off inside I just kind of cut through him and it worked out.”
Grizzlies goalie Alex Pikunas (20-8-5) received the start in net for Oakland making 34 saves on the night including several big saves throughout the night in the shutout effort.
The Grizzlies opened up the scoring in the first period on a beautiful goal fromKranker,which set the tone for Oakland going forward.
The Grizzlies continued to play well on the penalty kill as forward David Merkle, received a good pass from forward Brian Baker and the Grizzlies extended its to 2-0 after one period of play.
The depth of the Grizzlies would continue to show during the playoff game as forward Brandon Johnson, once again used his hustle to get the puck into the Adrian zone and extended the Grizzlies lead to 3-0.
In the third period forward Jordan MacDonald received a pass from Kranker and would race into the Adrian zone taking a shot which beat the Bulldogs goalie and extended the Grizzlies lead to 4-0.
MacDonald was named as the GLCHL Playoffs MVP. He finished the playoffs with two goals and three assist.
“It feels great.” MacDonald stated about the win.
“Especially to be the first team to win it out of the first year it is going so it feels really great to come out strong and have a full game.”
“It is good to go into National's like this, we finally got our team rolling and we need to carry it over to Nationals.” Defenseman Jacob DeSano stated.
“Overall I played well. The biggest thing is we came out with three wins it is a team game and we came here to win a Championship and we did it. Hopefully we can take it into National's and win something more special because the next one would mean a lot.” DeSano added.
Next: Oakland will head to East Lansing on Saturday night to face off against the Michigan State Spartans puck drop is at 8:30pm.
Conference Awards: Defenseman Jacob DeSano, was named to the First Team All-League and forward Kevin Kranker, was named to the Second Team All-League of the GLCHL.