BY ALEX MICH
The UM-Dearborn men’s ice hockey team started the second half of the season by facing the leaders of their conference in Oakland University.
On Friday, the Wolves went to the Onyx in Rochester to play the Golden Grizzlies, where the Grizzlies had a one goal lead throughout the first two periods. The Wolves would go down two goals halfway through the third period before Brandon Contratto would score off of an assist from Rob Zubke in his first game back for the Wolves.
Oakland would score two minutes later, putting the game at three to one in favor of the Grizzlies before Michael Macari would respond with five minutes remaining in the period.
However, the Wolves were unable to get the tying goal as the Wolves would lose the game three to two. The series shifted back to the Fieldhouse on Saturday night with the Wolves jumping out to a two goal lead from Contratto and John Vella. However, the tide of good feeling quickly turned as the Grizzlies would score two goals with six minutes remaining to end the first period tied at two goals apiece.
Oakland would add two more goals in the second period giving them a four to two lead. The Wolves would try to come back with a second goal from Contratto on the night six minutes into the final period.
Yet, the Grizzlies answered with three minutes remaining putting the puck past Josh Khan. Khan started both games over the weekend and would finish Saturday’s game with thirty-one saves. Zubke would get his first goal of the season with twenty-eight seconds remaining but the Wolves still lost the game five to four.
The Wolves will play host to the Michigan State club hockey team on Thursday at the Fieldhouse before traveling to Indiana University to play the Hoosiers on Friday and Saturday.