The Wolverines traveled to Denver to take on #3 seed Colorado Academy for the first round of the 2017 playoffs. In this matchup, it wasn’t just the opposing team that the Wolverines were battling but also the weather. The temperature dropped below freezing with gusts of wind and snow flurries for most of the game, but it made for a great playoff matchup.
The first 20 minutes of the game saw a lot of action but no scoring thanks to a solid performance by Freshman keeper Tanner Madden and the rest of the Wolverine defense. However, the Mustangs were able to sneak one through bringing the score to 1-0 at the end of the first half. In the second half we saw more of the same: great defensive effort and even more snow. However, the Mustangs were able to double their point total by putting two more goals on the board and held the Wolverines scoreless, despite strong offensive surges, binging the final score to 3-0.
This brought the Wolverines season to an end. They finished 8-8 and a 6-2 conference record. Despite the loss and elimination from the playoffs, this team put together a great season and brought a lot of pride to the program. It wouldn’t have been possible without the great group of seniors: Ben Hayes, Chandler Stolte, Hunter Phipps (C), Jacob Rau (C), Ayden Street, Robert Vickerman, Dan Karl, Cody Cure, and Caden Martin. It was an honor to have these young men on the team; their leadership, determination, and character will definitely be missed.