FREMONT, Neb. – It was a battles of Warriors this weekend on the ice as Midland University hosted Waldorf University at Sidner Ice Arena. It was the season opener for the Warriors of Midland and the second weekend of action for the Warriors of Waldorf. Both teams are members of the North American Intercollegiate Hockey Association, a league comprised men’s hockey teams from universities with ties to the NAIA in other sports. Midland is in their first year as a member of the NAIHA while Waldorf is in their second.
Midland took the Friday night series opener by a score of 6-0 over Waldorf. They were able to take advantage of costly penalties of the away team as they scored on three power play chances. Despite the shot chart being somewhat close, 35-29 in favor of Midland, the game was not as close on the ice.
Drew Carriere scored bookend goals, the first coming at the 4:25 mark of the first period off an assist from Colton Jones and Luke Sanko. He added another to close out scoring at the 17:54 mark of the third. Sanko and Jason Henry assisted on the final goal of the game.
In the second period Zach Voss scored twice for Midland. Jake Mullendore and Jesse Stepp assisted on the first and the duo connected aided Voss on his second goal as well. Mullendore scored a goal of his own in the period off a pass from Jones and Kevin Finley. Newcomer Hamish Campbell came away with his first collegiate goal off of an assist by Cy Jenson and Blake Neumann in the second as well.
Dakota McDonald earned the shutout win with 29 saves in 60 minutes of action.
On Saturday afternoon Midland posted another shutout, this time with Sean Kelley in net. He stopped all 18 shots from Waldorf while his teammates shelled his counterpart with 60 shots on goal.
Those shots yielded five goals with Carriere getting the action started for the second day in a row. He found the back of the net just 1:15 into the after the first puck drop. Jones picked up the assist. Later in the period Sam Zwiener would score to make it 2-0 off a pass from Sanko.
After a scoreless second period, Midland came through with three goals in the third period to close out the victory. Jesse Stepp poked home an unassisted goal in the period, his first as a Warrior. Then in similar fashion in the first game, Midland took advantage of penalties by Waldorf. Matthew Blaszkiewicz and Voss both scored on the power play. The first power play goal was assisted by Jones and Henry and the second was aided by Tyler Gallagher and Mullendore.
This was the first two games of seven total meetings between the two teams scheduled for this season.
Midland (2-0) will hit the road this upcoming weekend as they travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a three game series with Concordia (2-0). The Warriors and Cardinals will square off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. All times are Central.