ACHA Hockey Raises National Title Banner, Falls To Michigan

The Hope College ACHA hockey team on ice during its banner-raising ceremony. by Anna Mitchell '21

The Hope College ice hockey team celebrated its 2017-18 American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship on Friday during a banner-raising ceremony at Griff's IceHouse West in Holland Township.

Head coach Chris Van Timmeren and the Flying Dutchmen captured the first ACHA national title in school history last March with a 7-5 victory against Oakland University in Columbus, Ohio.

Photo by Tom Renner

After Friday's festivities, Hope skated against the University of Michigan's ACHA Division 3 team and dropped the 2018-19 home opener by an 8-2 score.

Michigan swept the two-game series by winning Saturday's game 6-3 in Canton.

The Flying Dutchmen are now 2-2 on the season.

Brendan Sanders and Brad Baysore scored for Hope on Friday. Goalie Austin Kane made 33 saves.

Allan Hirsch, Peter Stewart, and Jakub Myska recorded goals for the Flying Dutchmen on Saturday. Kane finished with 46 save.

Hope returns to the ice this weekend with home games against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Friday's and Saturday's games will start at 7:30 p.m. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422