Wolverines Lose to Grizzlies, Alumni Members

The University of Michigan-Flint club hockey team lost to both the alumni team, 8-2, and dropped the second game of a home series against the Oakland Grizzlies on Saturday, 3-2. The loss completed a sweep of the series by Oakland after a defeat in Rochester on Friday.

The Wolverines opened the scoring at 3:44 of the first period on a goal by Trevor Cope with assists by Cooper Dove and Matt Daniels. Oakland tied the game at 5:52 only to have UM-Flint regain the lead at 12:53 on Logan Henry’s first goal of the year. Nicholas Kozoro added an assist.

“My first goal felt nice,” said Henry, a freshman from Holly with an undecided major. “After playing the first half of the season scoreless, it was good to get the monkey off my back.

“We went down the ice on a two-on-two. A puck came loose in front of the net and I burned it.”

The Grizzlies replied in the second period with a power play goal on a shot from the top of the right circle. The Wolverines failed to convert on a two-man advantage late in the second period.

In the third period, an apparent goal was waved off by the official as it was deflected in by a high stick. The uproar following the decision landed the Grizzlies a 10-minute major penalty. Oakland scored with 6 minutes remaining in the game on a power-play goal.

A scramble in front of the Oakland net ended the match and dropped the Wolverines record to 4-11-3, putting a damper on Alumni Night festivities.

The alumni event, which was the first game played of the night, drew over 300 fans. Although the match ended in an 8-2 UM-Flint defeat, the game marked a milestone of sorts as it was the first alumni game that was not a scrimmage between two Wolverine squads.

“Having been a member of the squad at the club’s inception in 2008, it is especially fulfilling to have been around long enough to watch the program solidify and become competitive,” said Mike Blackstock, a UM-Flint graduate. “I was fortunate to be part of a group that progressed from the beginning to compete in regionals before I finished.”

The bonds that come with practicing and playing together are long-lasting.

“I’m still friends with 90% of the guys I played with,” said Trevor Carpenter, a 2012 UM-Flint graduate, who was also a member of the club in its beginning. “We were and are a very close group of players that were able to build up this organization from nothing…with support from a lot of good people.”

The Wolverines will return to action on Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. against Calvin College. The game will be held 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 (with an MCard) the price is $3. Admission is free for children 5-years-old and under.