By Michael Holzman, Staff Reporter
One week after playing three games in three days, the University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team took their first road trip since the Navy. They traveled to Northeast Ohio to face the Kent State Golden Flashes.
On Friday night, the Wolverines would wind up victorious with captain Anthony Olson scoring an unassisted goal in the second period to give the team a 1-0 lead.
A few minutes later, Kent State would tie it up with a power play goal by Joe Kummerel. But 21 seconds later, Andrew Shalawylo would put the Wolverines right back on top with a power play goal assisted by Jim Marchese and Jacob Poynter.
In the third period, Ryan Kelly would seal the win for the Wolverines with a goal midway through the period with assists by Olson and Poynter.
This game was also a start for one of the Wolverines new goalies, Zach Mielen, with an impressive outing, stopping 40 of Kent State’s 41 shots.
The next night, the tables would turn. Kelly would get the Wolverines on top early with the only goal in the first, with assists by Olson and Shalawylo.
But it was all Golden Flashes from there.
Despite the Wolverines holding their lead for half of the second period, Kent State would score three goals in just under eight minutes.
The first two were both power play goals about two minutes apart, scored by TJ West and Bobby Rhue. Then with under two minutes to go, Trevor Handlovitch would score on even strength to give Kent State and 3-1 win 24 hours after losing by the same score.
Mielen started again and stopped 28 out of 31. But with the Wolverines committing seven penalties, including a 10 minute misconduct for Nick Crowley and an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Olson, the calls may have been more of an issue for the team than their new goaltender.
The Wolverines are now 6-9 on the year, 3-5 in conference play. They will face Davenport this week, at home Friday and on the road Saturday.