By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor-in-Chief
Nate Ferris imagined he’d win a GLCHL tournament championship during his University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey career, but never tournament MVP.
He no longer has to picture either scenario.
UM-Dearborn, anchored by Ferris, won the GLCHL tournament title Sunday. The sophomore goalie dazzled in three tournament games, saving 105 of 111 shots as the No. 13 Wolverines cruised past No. 21 Indiana Tech, No. 6 Adrian and No. 5 Davenport.
“He’s a great goalie. He’s first-class,” UM-Dearborn head coach Chris Haltinner said. “You need your goalie to play great at this time at any league… and he’s done it. He’s done exactly what we’ve need a playoff goalie to be. And I think this just shows that if we play a full 60 minutes, we can hang with the best and beat them.”
Ferris’ best effort of the weekend came against Adrian and Davenport, top-flight programs that have earned first-round byes in the ACHA national tournament.
Ferris shut them down, allowing a lone goal on 49 shots against Adrian in Saturday’s semifinals, and only two goals on 39 shots the following night.
“We’ve been told, ‘Maybe we can’t hang with them,’ and hopefully this weekend we proved that we can,” Ferris said. “It sets us up really nice for nationals where every game is going to be a tight, tough game.”
After helping UM-Dearborn win its first tournament title in 17 years, Ferris said it was “surreal” to win MVP.
“You feel like everybody on the team did everything right this weekend, so I think it could’ve went to anybody,” he said. “Just to get your name called is pretty cool.”