By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
Friday night was also Homecoming at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse. The Wolverines now have a record of 8-1-2 overall and a Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference record of 1-0-1.
The game Friday night was dominated by hard hitting and speed skating for both teams as they fought for the puck and the lead.
Finally, after a five minute overtime period the teams went to a shootout.
The crowd was very animated, especially since it was costume night and there were people dressed as a box of Lucky Charms, pink and black gorillas, a Jim Harbaugh look alike, and a minion.
During the shootout, junior goaltender Thomas Proudlock attempted to make a save on the first shot and stopped it but did not clear the puck as it slowly slid between his pads and went over the goal line for a goal.
The Wolverines failed to score on two attempts against the Bears goalie and then on their third attempt the Bears’ scored on a goal on Proudlock. After the puck went past him, Proudlock was visibly upset as he slammed his stick against the crossbar.
Proudlock made 30 saves on the day and looked great during regulation and during the overtime period.
The only goal for the Wolverines came in the third period from freshman Michael Hodgson. Freshman Justin Berezinski is credited with the assist on the goal.
During the game you could see the students cheering for all they were worth to push the Wolverines to go harder and skate faster. The hitting was hard all game but it was hardest by junior Andrew Spiegel fighting for the puck.
Coach Chris Haltinner told the Michigan Journal after the game, “We did not focus on the hitting we just were fighting for the puck.”
Asked about Spiegel’s increased hitting and he said, “he was not hitting more, he was just fighting for the puck to give our team a chance.”
The teams played again on Saturday at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse and this was a different game than the night before. They won in overwhelming fashion in a 6-1 victory.
The Wolverines hit the throttle early in the first period and did not take their feet off the gas. Five minutes into the game junior Nic LaBurn scored the first goal with an assist by sophomore Justin Dunn. Later in the first period, junior Jared Dedenbach scored making the score 2-0.
Later in the second period, junior Tyler Groat scoring off a shot from freshman Chase Best. The scoring did not stop there as juniors Groat, Kevin Bechard, and John Barlow each scored in the third period.
Sophomore goaltender Adam Ranck made 31 saves in the win.
The Wolverines bring in John Carroll University on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse.