The University of Michigan-Flint Men’s Hockey team kept up the pressure against Michigan State University on Feb. 16 with a 7-3 win to become regional champions.
UM-Flint scored quickly in the first period with a goal by junior Nathan Robson, who was assisted by freshman Nick Manley. Later in the period, junior Daniel Smith scored on a power play. Junior Dan Cowan and freshman Matt Kraemer recorded the assist on the goal. At the end of the period, the teams were tied at two goals apiece.
In the second period, both teams scored, keeping the game tied. Junior Nick Karstens scored for UM-Flint in the second period with an assist from juniors Mark Look and Ronald Van Wagoner.
The two teams stayed in a dead heat until late in the third period. UM-Flint’s offense opened up and dismantled the MSU defense, scoring four goals in the last four minutes of the period. Robson scored the first goal of this period with an assist from Manley. Soon, the offense broke down the MSU defense, and Cowan scored with an assist from Smith and senior Matthew Murdock. Murdock scored a goal of his own less than 40 seconds later with an assist from Cowan. Junior Will Dawson scored the last goal of the game on a UM-Flint power play. Robson recorded the assist on the goal.
Allen recognized their previous win against Calvin College helped the team defeat Michigan State University.
“We brought that energy into the MSU game right from the start,” Allen said.
Dawson, a health science major, acknowledged the hard work that went into the success at the tournament and the hard work that will have to occur throughout the rest of the postseason.
“We will work harder- even though we will earn a seed to nationals, we know getting there is not enough,” Dawson said.
The hockey club moved on to MCHC playoffs on February 22 against the University of Detroit Mercy. The team understands the challenges that this presents.
“The MCHC playoffs are our league playoffs. They’re a one-loss elimination tournament where we play teams within our East division of the MCHC. If we win two games, we will play the winner of the West division next weekend for the MCHC championship,” Allen said.
Although the level of competition is elite at this level in the postseason, the team is ready to take on the challenge and bring another trophy back to UM-Flint.
“The MCHC is the strongest conference in the country. By winning that, we would achieve a prestigious accomplishment, and we’d like to bring back more hardware for the university,” Allen said.
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