By Daniel Gretzner
So far, so good for the University of Michigan-Dearborn club hockey team this season. The Wolves have played fairly well thus far as they move into the latter part of their regular season schedule. As of last week, UM-D icers are owners of a respectable 10-12 overall record.
With only 10 games left to play, the Wolves still have at least five home games coming up in the next few weeks. The hometown icers played Oakland University this past weekend.
On Thursday they will host Michigan State University’s club team in a contest beginning at 7:30 p.m. UM-D beat the Spartans in East Lansing in November 6-5 in overtime score. First-year UM-D head coach Bobby Clouston hopes his squad can repeat that performance the second time around.
The Wolves will be heading for Bloomington, Ind., Friday and Saturday in a pair of games with Indiana University. UM-D assistant coach Chris Haltinner said the Wolves can continue to play well and make noise in the American College Hockey Association.
“We are currently in the No. 3 spot in our league play and that puts us in good position for the playoffs that start in February,” he said.
UM-D traveled to Canada and played an exhibition contest with Windsor University recently, losing 6-3, to a team that has 14-NHL draft picks on its roster. All things considered, the final score shows that U.S. college club hockey is not that far off from the Canadian brand of play.
One of the real bright spots for the Wolves is Michael Macari, who hails from Dearborn Heights. He is a senior forward who is one of the top point getters, and is scoring goals on a regular basis. Macari, before coming to UM-D, gained experience with the Marquette Rangers.
Playoff hockey for the Wolves will be coming soon enough. If they can turn up their play a few more notches, the local guys could make a solid run at a first place finish, and better yet, make even more noise when the playoffs get underway.
WWAC prep cage action continues
Dearborn high school cagers have gotten off to a good start as competition heats up on the basketball court this winter. The Dearborn High Pioneers were able to defeat Edsel Ford earlier in the season in a Western Wayne Athletic Association tilt. However, the two will have a rematch and the Thunderbirds have thoughts of evening up the score. The Fordson Tractors, having a tough time, visited DHS on Friday, thinking they might be able to obtain a victory over their crosstown rivals.
In Dearborn Heights, Annapolis is playing well (5-2) and hopes to continue its winning ways in the Blue Division of the WWAC. The Cougars had a contest with Crestwood Friday that will be an indicator of who challenges for a top spot in the league.
Robichaud has a sound team and outplayed Willow Run (69-52) last Tuesday night.