By AARIF MOHIE EL-DEEN, Staff Reporter
The Wolves, led by Captain Anthony Olson, were credited with their first shutout of the season Friday night after defeating the Toledo Rockets 2-0.
There is no doubt that each time this team takes the ice, Olson does everything in his power to live up to the C on his jersey and lead the team in any way possible. In past games this season Olson has been there for his teammates, a vocal leader on the bench, and has lead by example by leading the team in points. On Friday night, Olson did all of that combined.
In the first period alone, the Wolves had six power play chances. Olson was unofficially credited with 8 shots throughout the game, most of them coming while playing the point on the power play.
Freshman Goaltender Drake Bordnick started in goal for the first time this season. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to finish the game. During the first period, Bordnick was banged up numerous times. He was hit in the mask by a Toledo shot from the right circle, and was on the receiving end of quite a few collisions near the crease.
Junior Micah Collier replaced Bordnick to start the second period, and played his best game of the season. The third period began still scoreless, but didn’t end that way. While on the power play, Olson received a cross-ice pass from sophomore Kyle Horn and buried it from the left circle with a wrist shot.
With sophomore Kyle Horn and freshman Ryan Kelly in the box, the Wolves saw themselves down two men late in the second period. Collier made a couple of nice saves on the penalty kill, and his best save came with 1:55 left in the game. Collier pushed from left to right and made a right-pad kick save off the cross-ice pass. He stoned Brent Easton and gave the crowd much to cheer for.
Late in the period, the Wolves continued to rack up penalties, a flaw that’s been repeated every game this season. With two men in the box late in the third period, sophomore Jeremy Klotz cleared the puck from 190 feet out, and sent the puck rolling into the empty net, all but securing the win.
This week, the Wolves will travel to Ohio and play three games in three nights against Kent State University and John Carroll University. To keep up with live updates for next weekends away matchups, like our fan page, UMD Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.