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By JERAMY STOVER, Sports Editor

The University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team has struggled against the top teams in the country so far this season and those struggles continued this past weekend when they traveled to the No. 2 team in the country Ohio.

On Friday the Wolverines nearly stole a win away from the Bobcats but lost 3-2 in a shootout.

Sophomore forward Kevin Bechard got UM-Dearborn on the board early, scoring just 16 seconds into the game. His goal was unassisted. After a blank sheet in the second period, junior defenseman Ryan Urso put the Wolverines up 2-0 early in the third period.

As they neared the halfway mark of the third period Ohio finally got on the board when Matthew Rudin ripped a shot past Thomas Proudlock. Then 44 seconds later the Bobcats would tie the game on a goal by Gianni Evangelisti.

After a scoreless overtime the two teams headed to a shootout where Rudin would score the game-winning goal.

On Saturday night the Wolverines looked to split the series and get an impressive win. But the Bobcats had other plans and put an 8-1 beating on the Wolverines.

It was looking good for UM-Dearborn (4-6, 0-4 Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League) early on as Tyler Groat scored his team leading ninth goal of the season. Bechard and Andrew Palushaj each picked up an assist.

But it was all Ohio (10-1-1) after that as the Bobcats scored eight unanswered goals to complete the sweep. Ohio had seven different goal scorers on the night with Jacob Houston collecting two goals.

Things got tense in the third period as there were 18 penalties called in the final period including four 10 minute misconduct penalties, three of which called on UM-Dearborn.

Proudlock got the start in net for the Wolverines and played the entire game making 38 saves on the night.

UM-Dearborn looks to turn the ship around this weekend when they welcome GLCHL foe Western Michigan to the Fieldhouse for a two game series.