BY ALEX MICH, Staff Writer
After having a terrible outing against the third ranked Sun Devils, the Michigan-Dearborn hockey team looked forward to taking out their many frustrations over an incoming Western Michigan Stallion team for a two game stretch at the Fieldhouse.
The Stallions (the club hockey team and not the varsity team from the CCHA) were still winless going into the games this weekend. Those losses included two offensive shootouts against the Wolves earlier this year.
Though the Stallions were seeking revenge, Michigan-Dearborn was quite confident in their capabilities in defeating their conference foe.
Friday night’s game saw the Men of Dearborn off to a ferocious start to the game. With power play goals from Kyle Horn and Kyle Papke and two goals from James Marchese and John Vella, the Wolves ended the first period with a quick four goal lead over the Stallions.
The second period started in the same manner as Vella and Papke got their second goals for the night along with a power play goal from Brian Kassa gave the Wolves a seven goal lead halfway through the hockey game.
However, Western Michigan answered quickly scoring two goals in the next 30 seconds, ending a shutout performance for Josh Khan. Anthony Olsen would answer with a goal a minute later with Vella picking up a hat trick with 7 minutes remaining in the second period to give the Wolves a nine to two lead. Western Michigan would get two more goals to close out the period.
The final period saw a more defensive struggle take place. Khan would not allow another goal for the evening and would finish the night stopping twenty-eight of the thirty two shots that he faced. Marchese would get the final goal in the game two minutes into the third period giving the Wolves a ten to four win.
Saturday night began as the last game ended. Both teams were battling trying to keep the other offence from scoring. The Wolves garnered two goals in the first period from Jeremy Klotz and Michael Macari giving Michigan-Dearborn the lead.
The second period saw a complete turnaround from the first. Over a minute went by when Casey McLogan scored a short-handed goal to put the Wolves up by three goals. On the same power play, Western Michigan would counter with a goal a minute later.
With 15 minutes remaining, Klotz would get his second goal of the night sparking a three minute goal spree from Papke and Olsen giving the Wolves a six to one lead. Western Michigan would score two goals at the 11 minute and 9 minute mark cutting their deficit to three goals before Papke scored on a power play with under 5 minutes left in the second period. Kassa and Brandon Contratto would get goals as well ending this offensive second period with a nine to three score in favour of the Wolves.
The final period saw the Wolves take control of the game. Papke and Holtz would get their third goals for the night and Contratto picked up his second goal during the third period. Two late Western Michigan’s goals would mar the performance of the combined goaltending of Khan and Steven Ledesma. Both gentlemen faced a combined 35 shots throughout the game as the Wolves would win the match twelve to five.
The Men of Dearborn will not be sitting idly by this Thanksgiving weekend as they host the annual Thanksgiving Hockey Holiday Classic at the Fieldhouse. Along with Eastern Michigan and the same Stallions, the Wolves will play against Indiana University, Iowa State University, and Grand Valley State University. For the dates and times of these games, please visit our official athletic website at gowolves.net.