By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan Dearborn hockey team is sprinting to start the season. The team is averaging 8.25 goals per game through four games. Of the 33 goals scored by the Wolverines, freshman forward Jeff McFarland has scored nine.
The Wolverines’ offense is overpowering teams, as they raced to 4-0 start the first two weekends, defeating Indian Tech and Pittsburgh.
“We definitely have some offensive prowess right now,” McFarland said. “We don’t really have a set system, we just get it and be creative. Once we get it, get your head up, and make a play, be creative.”
The penalty kill has been a strong point for the Wolverines in this early season, scoring three shorthanded goals in the first game against Indiana Tech and one against Pitt.
The power play for the Wolverines has also been great thus far, posting a 75 percent power play percentage.
The high rate of goals per game rate might be a little skewed due to facing weaker teams and a small sample size, but it absolutely does not take away the power this offense possesses.
“I think some of it is playing weaker teams, but I think we will keep scoring,” McFarland said. “You practice how you play, and we practice hard.”
The Wolverines will begin playing some stronger teams in the next few weekend series, but that should not stop this high powered offense from continuing to post big numbers.