Dearborn, MI - The Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines hockey team took the second game of their weekend set against the Western Michigan Stallions (10-21); 5-4 to even their record at 19-19.
Western Michigan, coming off a 5-1 win Friday night, came out flat as the Wolverines jumped to a 1-0 lead early in the game. They would add another goal before the halfway mark of the 1st period for the 2-0 lead into the break.
The Stallions would make it a game with a goal of their own just past the 5 minute mark to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 2nd period. Western would score again at the 17:13 mark of the second period to tie the game at 2 heading into the 3rd.
Kyle Horn would score a powerplay goal just a minute into the 3rd period to give the Wolverines a short lived 3-2 lead. Western would score to tie the game a just a minute later but would pick up another costly penalty. Jase Paciocco would score on the ensuing power play to put Michigan-Dearborn back up 4-3. The Wolverines would stretch the lead to 5-3 as Horn would score again on a lucky bounce goal from the blue line.
The Stallions would score with just over 7 minutes left to get to within 5-4 but the Wolverines would shut the door by killing off a penalty to end the game.
On Friday night, the Stallions came out of the gate with a barrage of shots and took a 1-0 lead before the halfway mark of the 1st. The Wolverines would hold them off to keep the deficit to 1 heading into the 2nd period. The Stallions would strike again for another goal in the second for the 2-0 lead.
The Stallions would take a costly penalty halfway through the second, Jacob Poynter would make them pay with a wrist shot from the blue line to cut the lead to one. The Stallions would return the favor with a PP goal of their own with 3 minutes left in the 2nd for the 3-1 lead heading into the final period.
The bad blood intensified in the 3rd period as 5 players would receive game misconducts (3 UM-D and 2 WMU) resulting from a brawl in the Wolverines zone. Micah Collier would receive a roughing penalty just a few minutes prior to the fight to light the fire. The Stallions would make them pay in the 4-3 advantage in the resulting power play for the 4-1 lead. They would another meaningless goal with 18 seconds left for the 5-1 final score.
The hockey team returns to action for their final regular season weekend series as they play against Eastern Michigan Friday night, February 14th, at 7:30pm at the Taylor Sportsplex.