By AARIF MOHIE EL-DEEN, Guest Writer
The Wolves headed into this weekend riding high after sweeping the Michigan Wolverines (Division 2) squad last week. They played a home-and-home against a team that beat them by a demanding 10 goals last season, the Adrian Bulldogs. Unfortunately for the Wolves they dropped both contests to remain winless in conference play this season.
The team traveled to Adrian College on Friday night in a contest that was nearly as lopsided as last seasons 13-3 loss to the same team. The Wolves dropped Friday’s contest 11-2, but they certainly let the Bulldogs know they wouldn’t be pushed around on home ice the following night.
Early in the first period, the Bulldogs got on the board and never turned back. After 20 minutes of play, the Wolves were already down by three.
In the second period, the Wolves took control early and had their best chance to score when junior defenseman Chris Merrill flipped a backhand rebound just wide of the net. But at the 7:35 mark of the first period, sophomore defenseman Cody Longuski received a minor penalty, which ultimately gave the momentum back to the Bulldogs who scored just four seconds into the ensuing power play.
Two more second period goals chased freshman goaltender Max Dutzy from the net and was replaced by junior Josh Khan. Just 16 seconds into the third period, the top line pair of juniors Anthony Olson and John Vella teamed up to get the Wolves on the board. Five minutes later, sophomore forward Jeremy Klotz buried a shorthanded goal to give the Wolves some life, but penalties continued to hurt the Wolves.
The Bulldogs finished off the game scoring five unanswered goals with all but one scored on the power-play. After the final whistle was blown, a scrum ensued on the sideboards with the Wolves setting the tone for Saturday night’s contest.
The Wolves dropped Friday’s game 11-2, but they certainly let the Bulldogs know that they wouldn’t be pushed around on home ice the following night.
Saturday night’s contest was a hard fought game in front of a home crowd eager to see their team return home. Even though the Bulldogs were able to skate away with another victory, the Wolves were still happy with their play.
The Wolves carried the pace throughout the first period but the Bulldogs were the ones who were able to capitalize on their chances, leading 2-0 after one. The second period saw the penalties start to pick up. Just five minutes into the second period, a scrum ensued in the Bulldogs zone after the whistle. Freshman forward Cody King came to the bench with a sore shoulder that had been bothering him all night long, after the scrum.
The penalties were finally sorted out and the worst of the calls came to Ryan Kelly who received a 5-minute major for a facemask as well as a game misconduct, ending his night early.
The Wolves killed off the full five-minute major as well as two minutes of 5-on-3. They carried the momentum from that penalty kill to get on the board on the power play later in the period. King took a shot from the blue line that found the back of the net.
The period ended after the Bulldogs scored with eight seconds left, leading 5-1 after two periods.
In the final period, the Wolves took control and tried for a late comeback. They received goals from sophomore’s Kyle Horn (who left midway because of an injury) and Klotz just half way throughout the period, but were unable to complete the comeback.
The Bulldogs put the game out of reach with an empty netter to win 6-3. The Wolves, regardless of the loss, showed great tenacity throughout the night and didn’t quit on the game, something they’ll surely carry into this week’s game against the University of Toledo, a non-conference matchup on Friday Night at the Fieldhouse at 7:30pm.