UM-Flint Hockey Ties with Lawrence Tech

The UM-Flint club hockey season is now in full swing. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the UM-Flint team dueled the Lawrence Tech Blue Devils to a 3-3 tie.

Trailing by a goal in the first period, Justin Zeiter tied the game at 13:26 with assists by Connor Houle and Andrew Carreras. Forty seconds later, Nicholas Kozoro gave the Wolverines a 2-1 lead with assists by Houle and Brian Knack. The Blue Devils tied the score a minute later.

At 16:10 of the second period Knack put UM-Flint back in the lead with a wraparound goal. Houle added his third assist of the night on the tally. However, Lawrence Tech evened the score midway through the third period followed by a gritty overtime that produced no scoring.  

The result left the Wolverines with a 1-5-1-1 record. Houle, a senior and graphic design major, feels the team has potential.

“Our group never gives up,” said Houle. “We are a hard-working team. Actually, we are one of the better teams around here. The play is fast paced and the caliber of the hockey is high.”

The club hockey team is one of a number of club sports that UM-Flint provides for students. The clubs offer opportunities to augment their university experience.

“Club sports is a great way for students to find their ‘home’ on campus and connect with fellow students that also enjoy the same sport they do,” said UM-Flint Club Sports Associate Director Julia Stulock. “It’s also a chance for students to represent UM-Flint in competitions against other universities. Typically, students site those trips as the highlight of their club sports experience.”

Student participants find that the memories and relationships produced by membership in a club sport continue even after finishing their degree.

“All four coaches are former UM-Flint hockey players,” said Assistant Coach Kirk Allen. “The team produces lasting friendships. The connectivity between players lasts beyond graduations and provides the opportunity to network on and off the ice.”

The team’s season continues with a return to the Wolverine’s home venue today at 8 p.m. at Crystal Fieldhouse in Burton. Ticket prices are $5 for general admission. For fans 6 to 12 years of age, seniors 62 years and up and students and faculty the price is $3. Admission is free for children five and under.

For further information on the team, including future games, team stats and more, visit their website.