By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team was unable to avoid a weekend sweep Saturday night, falling to the Robert Morris Eagles 3-1.
The Wolverines were unable to finish in the offensive end, posting 34 shots but only scoring one goal early in the third period.
The game was scoreless through the first period, but did not lack any hard hits. Physicality for both teams was on its “A” game as many checks, and elbows for that matter, were thrown.
“It was a hard fought game,” sophomore forward Gino Darin said. “Just a part of the game, everyone was getting physical. Gotta love it though.”
Robert Morris opened up the scoring for the game a little over seven minutes into the second period. It was the second period’s lone goal.
Robert Morris scored yet again 12 seconds into the third period. The Wolverines answered though, coming within a goal after a slap shot goal from Darin 50 seconds later.
But the Eagles crushed the spirits of the Wolverines two minutes into the third period to give themselves another two-goal cushion, making the Wolverines entire panic mode.
“We did better than last night. (We’re) not where we need to be, but better than Friday night,” head coach Chris Haltinner said.
Senior captain Jase Paciocco felt great about the team’s start and believed based off the strong first period, his team was in line to avoid the sweep.
“We came out hot, one of the best starts of the year,” Paciocco said. “We came in 0-0, probably could have popped a few in.”
The Wolverines finished up one of the toughest stretches in the nation this weekend. Things won’t get much easier the rest of the season, but it will be hard to compare to the stretch the Wolverines just went through.
“You look at the teams we’ve played, they’re all Top 10 teams in the country, and we beat the number three team in the country,” Haltinner said.
- Haltinner decided not to pull goalie Nate Ferris down by two goals late in the third period. Haltinner cited the way the ACHA rankings are set up and how goal differential works, losing the game 3-1 is vastly different than losing the game 4-1. “Losing the game 3-1 is almost like a tie,” Haltinner said.
- Paciocco and a few of his Wolverine teammates were part of a small disagreement with a few Eagles after the second period. There were no fights, however. “It was just filling a presence for our team really,” Paciocco said of the scrum after the game.
- Prior to the game, assistant coach Chris Zarb and an unidentified player verbally argued in the Fieldhouse concourse. Haltinner declined comment on the matter. “That’s a team thing, I’m not gonna comment on it,” he said. Darin also declined comment after the game.