BY ALEX MICH, Staff Reporter
Last week, the Wolves took a needed bye week to work out any and all necessary corrections needed to face off against the Stallions of Western Michigan University.
Coming in with only one win in their first seven games, the Wolves were looking to right the ship against a winless Stallions team. As both teams met in Kalamazoo, both the Stallions and Wolves saw this as an opportunity to turn their seasons around and played with a sense of urgency.
Friday’s game started with a grudge match between both squads until the Stallions struck first with a goal five minutes into the game to go up by one. Sensing a repeat of previous games, the Wolves responded with four goals to end the first period with a score of four to one. John Vella netted two goals along with Brandon Contratto and Kyle Papke.
The second period saw the Wolves continue with their scoring ways as the Wolves put up three goals in the first half of the second period. Vella scored his third goal of the night forty-four seconds into the period. Brian Kassa and Papke added the other goals to put the Wolves up seven to one.
Western Michigan would fight back in the remaining periods but goals by Mark Bekkala, Bobby Steele and David Frey helped secure a Wolves win, ten to one. Josh Khan started off strong for the Wolves but after giving up six goals on twelve shots, Micah Collier finished the evening stopping all but one shot out the eight that he faced.
Hyped from this victory, the Wolves faced off against the Stallions on Saturday. Again, the Wolves came out shooting and scored four goals in the opening frame. Michael Macari had two goals with Frey and Vella picking up the other goals as the Wolves jumped out to a four to one lead after one period. In the second, Michigan-Dearborn allowed an early goal one minute into the second making it four to two. However, Frey picked up his second goal while being short-handed and Contratto, Steele and Papke each contributed a goal to make it eight to two after two periods. After such a stellar performance during the first two periods, Collier was asked to give Khan a chance to finish the rest of the game.
Yet, the final period would be tough for the Wolves. The Stallions clawed back to be down only by one goal with just over two minutes remaining. However, Contratto buried the final goal of the night into an empty net giving the Wolves a nine to seven victory.
As the Wolves celebrate this win, they prepare to face the Bulldogs of Adrian College this upcoming weekend. Friday, the Men of Dearborn will host the Bulldogs while on Saturday, the Wolves travel to Adrian for the second game.