By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team split their weekend series with Western Michigan, dropping Friday’s contest to the Broncos, 6-5, in a shootout, and taking the 6-2 win on Saturday.
The Wolverines got a hat trick from Gino Darin on Friday night, who stepped up in place of an injured Jeremy Klotz.
In the first period of Friday’s game, the Wolverines scored two goals, one from Darin and the other from Michael Payne.
The Wolverines led 2-1 coming into the second period. UM-Dearborn conceded three goals in the second, but did score one from Ryan Kelly to keep the deficit minimal.
The third period was full of excitement, as Darin scored two goals for the Wolverines, including one with just under three minutes to go in regulation.
Wolverines’ senior Captain, Jase Paciocco, attempted a penalty shot in the third period but was unsuccessful.
After regulation the Wolverines led in shots 49-30, unable capitalize on the many scoring chances they had, Head Coach, Chris Haltinner, was not pleased.
“We had nobody in front of the net, we need to get bodies in front of the net,” Haltinner said. “The times we do, if you’re not gonna get traffic in front, you’re not gonna get goals.”
The overtime period was uneventful. UM-Dearborn got four shots on goal, and Western totaled five, with no real scoring chances.
The game went to a shootout, where Nathan Ferris was beat by Western Michigan’s second shooter, and the Wolverines were unable to score.
Ferris totaled 35 saves in the game.
It’s worth noting that Haltinner pointed out that Western Michigan’s Goalie, Brandon Haase, is an NCAA Division-1 goalie, and UM-Dearborn scored five goals on him.
Haltinner though was not pleased with his team’s overall performance.
“It’s unacceptable, it’s not our game,” Haltinner said. “It’s not the way we’re supposed to play. We didn’t bring it.”
UM-Dearborn rebounded in Saturday’s win, getting goals from Jeff McFarland, Kelly, Darin, Derek Kessler, and two from Paciocco.
UM-Dearborn faces GLCHL rival Adrian this weekend in a home-home series. The Wolverines host the Bulldogs 7:30 p.m. Friday, before traveling to Adrian, Mich. Saturday evening.