By JERAMY STOVER, Sports Editor
The weather is an interesting phenomenon. At times you love it, and there are times you don’t. But at the end of the day, there is nothing you can do about it.
The amount of rain southeast Michigan received last Friday was enough to postpone the outdoor hockey game that was scheduled for Saturday between the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Oakland University.
Wolverines head coach Chris Haltinner waited until after their game Friday night to tell his players. And as expected, the team was disappointed about the news.
“It was pretty disappointing in there. Everyone was real excited especially ‘cause it was outside; we got the new jerseys,” freshman Tyler Groat said. “It was pretty disappointing when Coach Chris told us it was going to be canceled, so we’re just hoping it can get back outside somehow.”
This is not the first time the outdoor game has been canceled. In 2013-2014 season, the game had to be called off due to poor ice conditions, but because it was scheduled for the last regular season game of the year, both teams didn’t have time to try and reschedule.
With five weeks remaining in this season, both coaches are going to try and make the game happen but are unsure as to where.
While Haltinner suggested that the game will be played somewhere else, Oakland coach Gordie Schaeffler said that the two teams will still try and get together at Clark Park.
“We’re still looking into it so we can get that outdoor game in; it just won’t be on a Saturday or a Friday like we hoped, but it is what it is. The one thing you can’t control is the weather,” Schaeffler said. “It’s disappointing right now, but hopefully we’ll get some good weather and play outdoors.”
In last season’s outdoor game, UM-Dearborn cruised past the Golden Grizzlies to a 10-4 win. But in a game played outdoors where hockey players are reminded of the times growing up and playing on a frozen pond the experience is something that is unforgettable.
It is clear that this season’s game would’ve been no different. It was one game on both team’s schedules that was circled on the calendar when the official schedules were released.
“There’s a couple things that you look forward to in the season, that you definitely mark down on your calendar, and this is one of them so it’s pretty sad to hear the news,” freshman Tyler Dalton said.
With the Wolverines having games on both Friday and Saturday until Feb. 6, it seems likely that the game will be played during the week.
Both coaches will talk this upcoming week and try and find a way to reschedule the game. We will find out soon if they are able to make that happen.