By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Writer
The University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team completed its third series sweep of the young season this past weekend, defeating the Western Michigan Stallions 7-2 Friday night, and 4-2 on Saturday night, both in Dearborn.
Sophomore goaltender Thomas Proudlock earned both wins for the Wolverines, stopping 26 shots in each game, finishing with 52 saves in the series.
The Wolverines scored early and often on Friday night, as Gino Darin, and Kevin Bechard both netted goals in the opening period.
Justin Dunn, and Tyler Groat each added goals of their own in the second period, as the Wolverines took a 4-1 lead into the final intermission. Kevin Bechard notched his second goal of the night in the third period, as Ryan Urso, and Marcus McSweeney both scored a goal as well.
Groat finished Friday night’s contest with one goal and three assists for a total of four points.
The Wolverines were not able to put Saturday night’s game away as quickly, but pulled off the victory with some late game heroics.
Darin and Bechard led off the scoring yet again for the second straight night, giving the Wolverines a 2-0 lead after two periods. However, the Stallions were able to stage a comeback, as they tied the Wolverines midway through the third period before Andrew Spiegel was able to net the game winner.
Spiegel was able to score a goal unassisted, to give the Wolverines the lead for good with just under five minutes to play. Bechard added his fourth goal of the weekend on an empty net opportunity to seal the victory for UM-Dearborn. Bechard finished the series with four goals.
The Wolverines will take a three week break before hosting Eastern Michigan University for two home games December 2nd and 3rd. The Wolverines have won six of the last seven meetings with Eastern Michigan dating back to 2014.
The schedule is in the Wolverines’ favor for the first few weeks back from the long break, as they will face Mercyhurst (6-6), and Oakland (3-8) before taking on Robert Morris, Ill (11-2). The Wolverines will then face Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League foes Indiana Tech, and Kent State before playing host to American Collegiate Hockey Association powerhouse Minot State, the first meeting between the two teams. UM-Dearborn will then finish off the regular season with a home and home against Rochester College.
The Wolverines are currently 6-5-1 on the season, and 2-4 in conference play.
Twelve games into the season, the Wolverines are led by Groat in goals scored with 10. Groat also leads the team in points with 16. Bechard sits in second in goals scored with four. Urso has added 10 points on the season, while Andrew Palushaj has notched 9.
Freshman Justin Dunn continues to play at a high level, as he added another goal to his total this season, bringing him up to four on the year (7 points).