The DIII Central Michigan Chippewas completed their series sweep over the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals with a dominating 8-1 win on Saturday night. Just like the first game of the series, CMU got off to a slow start but eventually found their legs and picked up the pace about midway through the first period. As soon as they started rolling, they couldn’t be stopped. Justice Bigelow would get the scoring started for the Chippewas when he rifled a shot past Cardinal goaltender Triston Jensen for his 16th of the year. Not much longer after Bigelow put the Chips up by one, Dylan Billins sent a shot by Jensen for his third goal of the season and increased CMU’s lead to two goals. With time winding down in the opening period, Nathan Allgaier scored his fifth goal in two games to put the Chips up by three goals and establish a comfortable lead heading into the first intermission.
The second period was much like the first for both the Chippewas and the Cardinals as CMU dominated yet again. SVSU would be outscored by three goals for a second straight period as Billins and Ryan Tyrer were both able to find the back of the net. Billins kicked off the scoring in the middle period to score his second of the game and then followed that goal up by scoring another one minutes later to complete the hat trick. Tyrer’s goal was the icing on the cake for the Chippewas in the second period as his 15th of the year ended Triston Jensons night in net. The offense would cool down a bit towards the end of the period and the CMU would take a commanding 6-0 lead into the second intermission.
Hoping to keep his undefeated record, CMU starting goaltender Trevor Whitehead played outstanding in net for the Chippewas with his only blemish being an odd goal scored by Josh Budlong of the Cardinals to cut the lead to 6-1 in the third period. After giving up the goal to Budlong, Whitehead was lights-out for the rest of the game as he turned away any shot he faced. Up by five goals with less than five minutes remaining in the game, Dalton Sutherland kept the bleeding going for the Cardinals as he snuck one by SVSU goaltender Arik Bickham to put the chips back up by a whopping six goals. Just when you thought that the game was over, it wasn’t as James Gleason scored his 21st of the season with 17 seconds remaining in the game to add insult to injury and secure an 8-1 victory over Saginaw Valley State University and extend their win streak to nine games.
Next week, the Chippewas take on Davenport University in a home-and-home series on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9. Both games can be heard live on chipshockeycast.com
Written by Joey Huot