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College Showcase: Zelenka off to strong start for Aquinas' hockey team

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Grand Haven graduate Doug Zelenka is enjoying a strong freshman season with the Aquinas College men’s hockey team.

Zelenka ranks fourth on the Saints’ squad with six goals, and has also recorded six assists. His six goals have come on just eight shots.

Aquinas had a rough weekend with an 0-4 record against Calvin College and Davenport University, but the Saints still sport a winning record at 10-6 overall.

Aquinas returns to the ice on Friday, as it travels to face Lawrence Tech at Southfield Sports Arena.

In the spring, Zelenka will also play on the Aquinas’ baseball team.

Also on Aquinas’ hockey team is Grand Haven native Matthew Daniels. The freshman goaltender has started six games for the Saints this season and leads the team with five victories. He has made 49 saves and allowed 14 goals.

Western Michigan Christian graduate Evan Bruinsma scored a career high 14 points, but it wasn’t enough to help the University of Detroit pull off an upset at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Titans had a 37-29 lead at the half, but were outscored by the host Panthers by 21 in the second half in the 74-61 final.

Bruinsma also grabbed six rebounds in the loss, which drops the Titans to 2-4 overall. Bruinsma, a 6-foot-7 small forward, is averaging 4.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in his junior season.

A pair of Grand Haven graduates led Hope College’s men’s basketball team to an opening-game win at the CCIW/MIAA Challenge, hosted by Wheaton College on Friday and Saturday.

Flying Dutchmen center Nate VanArendonk led his team with 12 points and also grabbed five rebounds with two blocked shots, while freshman shooting guard Alex Eidson added 11 points and two steals for Hope in the 82-70 victory over Carthage (Wis.) on Friday.

The host Thunder remained undefeated on Saturday in the championship game of the event, as they edged Hope, 70-66, dropping the Flying Dutchmen to 3-3 this season.

VanArendonk is currently averaging 7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for Hope, while Eidson is contributing 4.2 points per game.

Spring Lake’s Maria Kieft helped lead the Hope College 200-yard medley relay team to a fourth-place finish at the Friday-Saturday Wheaton Invitational.

The squad finished in 1 minute, 51.44 seconds.

Kieft also had a strong showing in the 100-yard backstroke, as she advanced to the championship finals where she placed fifth in a time of 59.53.

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