March 7, 2014

Goals plentiful in win over Hope

Chapin Speidel scored three goals and added three assists as No. 8 Denison sailed to a 24-2 win over Hope College from Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio.

A 10-goal second quarter would fuel to the Big Red to a 15-1 lead at the half. Overall, Eighteen different players on Denison's roster scored at least one goal.  Behind Speidel's six points, fellow senior Mike Soumekh added one goal and two assists.  First-year Liam Rooney also finished with three points thanks to a pair of goals and one helper off a goal by Nick Bortolani in the third quarter.

DU won 21 of the game's 30 face-off situations.  Sophomore Eric Baumgardner was 15-for-19 and led all players with eight ground balls.  Hope committed 34 turnovers, 23 of which were forced by Denison.  First-year Teddy Sawyer led Denison in that category with three caused turnovers.

The home team was 3-of-4 in extra-man situations with two man-up goals coming from Speidel, and one from James Meager.

Denison outshot the Flying Dutchmen 69-14 while holding a 52-17 advantage in ground balls.  Chris Thomas got the start in goal for the Big Red and played the first half.  The sophomore posted one save while facing five shots.  Clark Bullington played the third quarter in cage while Will Nabors clocked in for the final 15 minutes of the contest.  Bullington and Nabors each posted a save in their quarter of work.

Connor Miedema started in goal for Hope and finished with 11 saves in 45 minutes of action.  Miedema played quarters one and two before being replaced by Matthew Folkert in the third quarter.  Folkert posted three saves while allowing six goals.  Miedema returned to play the fourth quarter where he would post one additional save.

Denison improves to 4-0 while Hope falls to 0-1.  The Big Red will open North Coast Athletic Conference play on Sunday when they travel to The College of Wooster for a noon face-off with the Fighting Scots.