Wolverines Fight Back, Win Against Calvin Knights in Overtime

The University of Michigan–Flint club hockey dominated play against the Calvin Knights (except for the opening half of the first period and for 30 seconds into the final stanza) on Friday at Crystal Fieldhouse. After dropping a two-goal lead in the span of two minutes late in the third period, the Wolverines bared their fangs to score 13 seconds into overtime to gain a 5-4 victory.

Jared Coulter, a senior criminal justice major from North Branch, scored the winning goal.

“We were a little tired out at the end of the game, but we had enough energy to grab the win,” said Coulter. “Their goalie played really well. He made a lot of saves but we were confident we’d finally get one by him.”

The Knights scored two quick goals 12 minutes into the first period. The Wolverines sliced the opponent’s lead to one with 90 seconds left on a shot by Trevor Cope. An assist was made by Ian Crampton.

A minute into the second period, Steven Behm tied the score with assists by Cope and Brandon Pirtle. Halfway through the period, the Wolverines took the lead on a goal by Connor Houle. His brother Kamryn collected an assist.

“Kamryn brought the puck wide around to take a shot from the top of the circle,” said Connor Houle, a senior graphic design major from Flint. “The goalie stopped the shot and the rebound popped to me. I was able to fire a quick one that beat their goalie.”

UM-Flint added another goal thirty seconds later as Brock Reynolds fired a rebound into a wide-open net. Connor Phillips and Matt Daniels tallied assists on the shot.

The score remained 4-2 until 15 minutes into the third period when Calvin scored two goals 25 seconds apart. The game ended in a 4-4 draw.  However, in overtime, Coulter notched his game-winner. The victory raised the Wolverine’s record to 5-11-3.

“The team made a couple of good plays to start the overtime,” said Coulter. “We made our way up the ice and as I was reaching for the puck, I managed to get the stick on the puck and it deflected it over the goalie.”

The Wolverines return to action on Friday, Jan. 25 at 8:30 p.m. against Northwood. 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 the price is $3. Admission is free for children five and under.

“The win felt good,” said Houle. “We dressed some new players, which gave us more depth.  That should help us in the long-run.

“We will be able to roll four solid lines. This victory gives us the spark to turn the corner on our season.”