UM-Flint Hockey Proves Victorious Against Davenport University

Donald Lierman , Writer

The UM-Flint hockey club proved victorious against Davenport University on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a 5-3 win. The game left the Wolverines with a 3-5-1 record in the Men’s Division 3 in the North Division of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

“We came out to play,” said Nicholas Kozoro, a UM-Flint junior and business major from Farmington Hills. “We had a good first half but, perhaps, let off the gas for a bit. The game became a little chippy but we managed to pull through it.”

Kozoro opened the scoring for the Wolverines with a goal at the 4:27 mark of the first period. Justin Zeiter added an assist on the tally. Kozoro then notched his second score five minutes later with Zeiter and Connor Houle getting the assists.

Marcus Chartrand brought Davenport within one goal as he scored on a two-man advantage at 1:24 of the second period. UM-Flint’s Brian Knack restored the two-goal lead two minutes later on a backhand shot with an assist by Stefano Schippono.

Ian Crampton then raised the Wolverine lead to 4-1 at 6:55 on a shot from the blue line that beat the goalie cleanly with Dylan Houle and Garrett Baumbach gathering the assists.

Davenport narrowed the gap to 4-3 with goals by Chance Bradley at 9:15 and Hunter Tolsdorf at 16:03. UM-Flint regained a goal on a backhand by Kamryn Houle 90 seconds later. Knack and Matt Daniels earned assists on the play.

The third period was scoreless, giving UM-Flint a sweep of the series.

“This was a gritty win,” said UM-Flint Head Coach Michael Schunot. “It took a total team effort. We played great team defense and the goaltending was excellent.”

The Wolverines will return to action on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. against Miami University of Ohio.

The games will be held at Crystal Fieldhouse, located at 5371 Daly Farms Drive 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. 

“Miami is a great team,” said Schunot. “Last year we split with them.  It should produce some fast-paced hockey that the fans should enjoy.”