By: RYAN PETRAS, GUEST REPORTER
In the final week of the regular season, a struggling Wolves squad faced off against the Oakland Grizzlies and Eastern Michigan Eagles, their heated rivals in a home-and-home series.
Last Monday night, the Wolves, (20-15-1) took on Oakland, (19-15-2) at the Allen Park Ice Arena in a makeup game. It turned out to be a high scoring affair, as the Wolves couldn’t stop the Grizzlies high-powered offense and lost 6-3.
Forward Casey McLogan and James Marchese along with defenseman Nicholas Crowley were the goalscorers for the Wolves and goaltender Micah Collier was busy all night facing 35 shots, letting five get past him.
“We had (some) great chances to score even though we outplayed the Grizzlies, we just couldn’t find a way to get the puck in the net,” said forward Jeremy Klotz after the game.
On Friday night, the Wolves faced their arch-rivals, the Eastern Michigan Eagles at the Taylor Sportsplex in a exciting and physical hockey game. The game started off with some big hits by both sides that continued throughout the entire game.
The Wolves took the lead early, but it was Eagles goaltender Kevin Kissaw who stole the spotlight making some huge saves leading the Eagles to a 5-2 victory.
“What all hockey players should say (is), we go out there and have fun,” said Captain Anthony Olson after the loss. He must have struck a chord with the Wolves team, because that’s what they did the very next night.
To end the regular season, the Wolves had their rematch against the Eagles at the UM-D Fieldhouse. A combined 15 goals were scored between the two teams in an offensive showcase, but the Wolves got their revenge, beating the Eagles 8-7 in overtime.
Forward Jeremy Klotz netted the game winner to end the regular season in exciting fashion, and now will prepare to head to Grand Rapids to participate in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League playoffs and will once again face off against the Eagles on Friday.