By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
The No. 5 UM-Dearborn men’s hockey team opened 2018 play the way they ended 2017–with a signature win.
The Wolverines traveled Friday to Kalamazoo to take on the Western Michigan University Stallions at the Wings West Arena.
The mighty Wolverines soared to an early 2-1 lead after the first period with goals from junior Troy Saunders and junior Captain Kevin Bechard. Saunders goal was assisted by freshman Silas Johnson. Bechard’s goal was unassisted.
The second period was all Wolverines’ with goals coming from junior Tyler Groat and sophomore Christian Ramage. Groat’s goal was assisted by freshman Sean McLaren. Groat’s goal was also the eventual game winner. Ramage’s goal was unassisted.
The third period was icing on the cake for the Wolverines as they scored three more goals and only allowed one goal giving the Wolverines the 7-2 win.
Goals in the third were scored by Kevin Bechard, Tyler Groat, and sophomore Justin Dunn. Bechard’s second goal was assisted by junior Jared Dedenbach. Groat’s goal was unassisted. Dunn’s goal was assisted by Troy Saunders.
The Stallions goals were scored by Zachary Roberts and Wyatt Ford. Ford and Michael Altobelli assisted on the two goals. Sam Wozniski was the goalie for the Stallions and he stopped 54 of 61 shots.
Junior Thomas Proudlock was the outstanding goalie for the Wolverines, stopping 38 of the 40 shots.
The Wolverines faced the Stallions of Western Michigan University again on Saturday at the Wings West Arena.
The Wolverines scored two early goals but then went on to give up four goals to the Stallions as they lost 5-2. The UM-Dearborn hockey team is now 14-4-2 overall and 5-0 in the WHAC.
Tyler Groat scored both goals for the Wolverines. No other stats were reported from this game.
The Wolverines will wait until Jan. 26 as they welcome in Davenport University to the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m. The game will also feature free pizza night courtesy of Toastmasters.