posted March 7, 2007

Hockey Club Team Fourth at National Tournament

The Flying Dutchmen capped an outstanding season by finishing fourth at the American Collegiate Hockey Association tournament held February 28-March 3in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Flying Dutchmen were defeated by Northwood 5-4 in the consolation championship game Hope ended with a 26-4 season record.

Scoring goals for Hope were Ryan Kelly, Jeff Guy, Jordan Winfield and Peter Volbrecht.  Credited with assists were Kevin Nelson, Brian Gatliff, Peter Volbrecht (2), Gunnar Martin, John Hatfield and Jeff Guy.  Goalkeepers Mike Headley and Steve Pels combined for 37 saves.

In an earlier semi-final game the Flying Dutchmen were defeated by Kennesaw, Ga. 5-0.  Goalkeeper Mike Headley turned back 31 shots.

The Dutchmen advanced to the semis by posting a 10-1 victory over Indiana University of Pennsylvania.   Eight players scored a goal as the Flying Dutchmen got off 61 shots in the game. Gunnar Martin and Brian Gatliff each scored two while scoring one apiece were John Hatfield, Peter Volbrecht, Austin Sonneveldt, Ryan Kelly, Jonathon Shaver, and Ryan Sweet.

Credited with assists were Jonathon Shaver (2), Chris Strauss, Kevin Nelson, Jordan Winfield (2), Gunnar Martin, Steve Reid, Austin Sonneveldt, Jeff Guy (3), Peter Volbrecht, Ryan Kelly, Andres DeJong, Patrick Newhall, and Ryan Sweet.  Goalkeeper Mike Headley turned away 26 shots.

In its first round game, the Flying Dutchmen stormed to a six goal lead and then coasted to a 7-2 victory over Central Florida University. Hope scored three goals in both the first and second periods before yielding a pair of goals in the third. Scoring two goals each were junior Brian Gatliff, senior captain Jeff Guy and junior Jonathon Shaver. Also scoring was junior Gunnar Martin. Senior Peter Volbrecht had three assists. Others credited with assists were Jeff Guy (2), Anders DeJong, freshman Austin Sonneveldt, Gunnar Martin Peter Volbrecht and Chris Strauss. Two of Hope's goals were scored when the team was shorthanded.

Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference
MCHC Player of the Year - Jeff Guy
MCHC Coach of the Year - Chris Van Timmeren
1st Team All-Conference - Jeff Guy and Brian Gatliff
2nd Team All-Conference - Mike Headley
MCHC Leading Goal Scorer -- Jeff Guy
MCHC Leading Assist Scorer - Jeff Guy
MCHC Total Points - Jeff Guy
MCHC Lowest Goals Against - Mike Headley

American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA)
REGIONAL HONORS
ACHA All-North Regional Team
1st Team - Jeff Guy and Brian Gatliff
2nd Team - Peter Vollbrecht and Mike Headley
3rd Team - Jordan Winfield
ACHA North Regional Player of the Year Jeff Guy
ACHA North Regional Coach of the Year - Chris Van Timmeren

NATIONAL HONORS
ACHA Player of the Year - Jeff Guy
ACHA Coach of the Year - Chris Van Timmeren
ACHA All Americans - 1st Team - Jeff Guy and Brian Gatliff

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT HONORS
ACHA National All-Tournament Team
1st Team - Jeff Guy
2nd Team - Brian Gatliff

ACADEMIC HONORS
ACHA All-Academic Team - Jeff Guy, Gunnar Martin, Kevin Nelson,
Mike Prashaw, Ryan Sweet, Peter Vollbrecht