By JACK VANASSCHE, Editor in Chief
In front of one of the biggest crowds the UM-Dearborn Ice Arena has held in recent years, the University of Michigan-Dearborn dominated Lawrence Technological University for an 8-0 win in its home opener.
The No. 7 Wolverines (2-1) outshout the Blue Devils (2-1) 47-21 in the victory, putting up 22 shots in the second period alone.
Sophomore forward Justin Dunn had four points on the night with two goals and two assists. His goal in the first period got the Wolverines on the board after a quiet start.
Dunn said it was extra special to score a goal in front of such a large crowd.
“It was awesome, you know, it was a great feeling,” he said. “We’ve definitely never played in front of a crowd like this since I’ve been here.
“To come out here and to see all the fan base here, it’s awesome to see all the support they give us.”
Dunn’s first goal after 18 frustratingly quiet minutes for the Wolverines put them on top heading into the first intermission, setting the stage for a breakout second period.
UM-Dearborn head coach Chris Haltinner said he believed the big home crowd put a new pressure on his team to perform.
“Honestly, I think they were a little nervous,” Haltinner said. “They weren’t expecting that. I think they came out and did a good job with a little bit of pressure on them.”
Haltinner added that his team needed to adjust after a dull first 20.
“I think it was we didn’t see them play before,” he said. “We didn’t know what we were up against. So, once the game went on we saw what they were doing, got adjusted and made a good push.”
The second period saw four goals for the Wolverines on 22 shots, while the Blue Devils mustered up only five shots despite a two-minute man advantage.
Captain Kevin Bechard, junior Tyler Groat, Dunn and Andrew Spiegel all scored in the period, wreaking havoc on senior LTU goaltender Austin Petty.
Petty remained in the game for its entire duration, surrendering eight goals and making 39 saves.
Sophomore Christian Ramage scored two goals in the third period, capped off by blasting in a one-timer to put the Wolverines up 7-0.
Andrew Palushaj added the game’s final goal in the final four minutes with a backhander.
Backup goaltender Adam Ranck earned the shutout victory with 21 saves.
The Wolverines will host No. 10 Davenport Friday evening at the UM-Dearborn Ice Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.