UM-D hosts holiday classic after beating WMU

Photo by Daniel Gretzner

University of Michigan-Dearborn goalie coach Chris Haltinner (second from left) has been working with his goaltenders, which include Steve Ledesma (left) from Crestwood and Micah Collier from Riverview Gabriel Richard.

By Daniel Gretzner
Thus far in the 2011-12 University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey schedule, the Wolves have been having and up-and-down type of season. The latest highlights have been the weekend of Nov. 18 and 19, when they won two back-to-back games against Western Michigan University. Both of those games found UM-D outscoring the visiting Broncos 10-4 and 12-3, giving the local icers an overall 7-8-0 record.

First-year head coach Bobby Clouston hopes that his squad can win more games than they lose.

The Wolves then hosted the 2011 Michigan-Dearborn Holiday Classic. The event featured a total three other college teams coming to Dearborn for tournament. Besides UM-D, the visitors included Indiana University, Iowa State and Grand Valley State. UM-D played Indiana Friday, Iowa State on Saturday and took on Grand Valley State on Sunday to complete the action during this past Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Goalie coach, Chris Haltinner, is working with his net minders to reduce the goals scored by the opposition. Micah Collier has the most playing time between the pipes. Collier is a sophomore who played varsity hockey for Riverview Gabriel Richard, before moving up and into the college level.

“Collier is our main goalie and we count on him to make the big saves in every game we play,” Haltinner said. “We still have three more months of hockey to play, so all of our goalies will be getting into games here and there.”

Other goalies on the UM-D roster include Steve Ledesma from Dearborn Heights Crestwood. Also, Josh Khan, a Canton Township resident, spends time in the crease. Two senior forwards who toil for the Wolves are Michale Macari of Dearborn Heights and David Frey, who prepped at Dearborn Divine Child.

Friday and Saturday, the locals will play an home-and-home with Eastern Michigan University. They travel to EMU on Friday and then entertain the Eagles Saturday, facing off at 7:30 p.m. Anyone wanting more information about the UM-D sporting events can go to

For those readers who might not be aware, college hockey is both competitive and entertaining for fans who take the time to go to the ice rink and watch the action unfold. Not every city has college hockey in its own back yard.