By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter Follow @ELehman29
The University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team scored their highest goal total of the season in an impressive 10-4 win over Oakland University at Clark Park on Sunday.
The Wolverines had a balanced effort in the victory, receiving two goals each from Gino Darin, Ryan Kelly, and Eric Rosteck.
UM-Dearborn won Friday’s contest 4-1, before completing the sweep Sunday.
“We played good, we got a lot more in the tank, and can be better than we were today,” UM-Dearborn head coach Chris Haltinner said. “We won 4-1 Friday which was convincing, tonight was even more convincing, you gotta win like this to get respect.”
The game, which was originally scheduled for Saturday was postponed to Sunday due to rain and poor ice conditions.
“We tried shooting the puck from the goal line and it didn’t get past the top of the circle,” Haltinner said regarding Saturday’s the conditions. “There was about a quarter inch of water on the ice.”
The Wolverines broke the game open early with a 4-0 lead after the first period. But the goals kept coming, allowing them to take the sweep over bitter rivals Oakland.
Goaltender Nathan Ferris had a great series, with a 2.5 goals against average in the series, but expects more as the season continues.
“At the end of the day, it’s just two wins. We haven’t accomplished what we want yet. We want to get to nationals, make some noise at nationals, and see how far we can go,” Ferris said. “Having a couple wins under your belt is definitely better than going in with a split or a couple of losses.”
Oakland attempted to start a comeback early in the second period. The Golden Grizzlies scored two quick goals, but the Wolverines put a quick stop to any comeback by scoring four more times.
The Wolverines also received goals from Jimmy Marchese, Jase Paciocco, Cody Longuski, and Andrew Palushaj to finalize the sweep.
“It meant everything to us to get the sweep, it meant a lot to us, especially against Oakland,” senior captain Jase Paciocco said.
The Wolverines play Davenport this week. They will be at home Friday night and on the road Saturday.
- The victory for the Wolverines was their fifth consecutive, dating back to Dec. 6 against Rochester College.
- The 10 goals scored by the Wolverines was the most in a single game this season. They scored nine goals on three different occasions, twice against Indiana Tech, and once against Eastern Michigan.
- Russian phenom Andrei Novikov recorded his first career point in the third period with an assist on the goal scored by Paciocco.