By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team was swept this weekend by Adrian College, losing Friday night 4-1, and Saturday night 4-3 in overtime.
Friday night’s contest was a thriller through two-and-a-half periods, where the Wolverines were tied with ninth-ranked Adrian College Bulldogs before the wheels fell off, conceding three goals in the period and losing the game.
Saturday’s game was just as exciting as the Wolverines stuck with the Bulldogs for three periods, but gave up the game winner in overtime. The Wolverines, however, were able to pick up a point in the contest for going to over time.
“They capitalized on their chances, and we didn’t. It’s plain and simple” said Coach, Chris Haltinner, after the game, “I thought times they dominated, and time we dominated, it was a hard fought game.”
Friday’s game was a goalie battle for most of the game. Both goaltenders were coming up with big save after big save, standing on their heads for their team while keeping the game close.
Adrian opened up the scoring in the game Friday night, roughly five minutes into the first period.
The Wolverines fought hard the remaining 15 minutes of the first period and throughout the second period.
Ryan Urso buried a one-timer shot from the point on the power play to tie the game up at 1-1.
With the game tied, energy was high going into the third period.
“The energy was high, the boys were ready to come out,” Senior Captain, Jase Paciocco, said, regarding the team’s attitude going into the third period tied with the No. 9 team in the nation.
Things started to fall apart for the Wolverines in midway through the third period. A couple of bad penalties and calls that did not go the Wolverines way led to an Adrian goal to break the tie with about 10 minutes remaining.
The Wolverines seemingly went into survival mode, which made them susceptible to mistakes, leading to two more Adrian goals and a 4-1 defeat.
In the overtime loss Saturday, the Wolverines had goals scored by Paciocco, Marcus McSweeney, and Jimmy Marchese.
It was far from the weekend UM-Dearborn was looking for, only picking up one point of a possible four. But the Wolverines will seek revenge against Adrian, as their next home game is Oct. 31, against the Bulldogs.
The Wolverines will travel to The University of Illinois next weekend for a series against the Fighting Illini.