By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team earned their first road victory in program history vs. Davenport University Saturday in do-or-die fashion.
The Wolverines and Panthers were tied at 2-2 after regulation and headed to overtime, which still was not enough to declare a winner.
UM-Dearborn took the win in the shootout behind goals from Gino Darin, Ryan Urso, and Marcus McSweeney.
Wolverines goaltender Nathan Ferris stole the show and the game from the Panthers, as he stopped 40-of-42 shots.
“Ferris played absolutely outstanding,” head coach Chris Haltinner said after the game. “We started out a little sluggish in the first two periods, but in the third it all came together, everything clicked.”
Andrew Palushaj got things going for the Wolverines in the second period to tie the game at one.
Eric Rosteck scored the game-tying goal in the third period to send the game to overtime for the Wolverines and ultimately the win in a shootout.
“It’s a big win for us, we should be second in our division now. We are beating good teams and beating them handily, we’re making some noise nationally,” Haltinner said. “We got a big win in their barn, first time we’ve won there. (We) have to keep the momentum going. Every game is like a playoff game for us, and we need to keep playing hard.”
The Wolverines have now won six consecutive games and are second in their division in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League.
The Wolverines will play another home-and-home series with Davenport at the end of January.
UM-Dearborn received one point on Friday due to Davenport canceling because of inclement weather. Although they only played one game of the series this weekend, the Wolverines were able to pick up two points.
UM-Dearborn will stay at home both Friday and Saturday as University of Buffalo comes to the Fieldhouse for a weekend series. Both games are scheduled to be played at 7:30 p.m.