Pulling Through in the Clutch
The Warriors had been in this situation before. They had been in close games already on the campaign, but were unable to pull through. This time was not going to be the same.
“We had to find a balance between learning from our losses and then forgetting about them and moving on to the next game. We kept pushing each other because we knew there was another level we had to get to in order to get in the win column.” -Christian Thomas
Just like he’s done his entire Merrimack career, Bertrand came through at the right time. He fired home his fifth goal of the game just over a minute into the fourth to give the Warriors their first lead since the second quarter.
Black completed his hat trick just under two minutes later to give Merrimack a 13-11 advantage with a dozen minutes to play.
The Wolverines narrowed the margin to one with 7:50 left to go, but then the Merrimack defense tightened its grip. On the ensuing face-off, freshman Riley Reed had an incredible hustle play to keep the ball in-play, before the Warriors gained possession.
Michigan eventually regained possession and was able to fire off two shots, but neither were on Brown’s net. With the Wolverines back on the defensive end, Black put the dagger in the heart with his fourth of the game, and seventh point of the day, with 2:16 to play. Michigan possessed the ball a few more times in the dying moments, but they could not muster up a scoring chance to set off the Warrior celebration.
“It was exciting to get that first win of the season and see some of our hard work pay off.” -Christian Thomas
The Warriors surround winning goalie Peter Brown right after the final buzzer went off.
“When you get your first Division 1 win, in Ann Arbor and against a Big 10 team, its exciting. To see a young team come and get a win under those circumstances is exciting for our program.” -Head Coach Mike Morgan