For a season opener, last night's game won't be one to look back on with fond memories but in the record book it's 1-0-0.
It was a night that the puck was finding the net. Shots went off skates and took awkward bounces, broken plays ended in deflating goals and each time a side looked to pull away the other had an answer. In the end the Wolverines were able to overcome three deficits with the help of a Kyle Connor shorthanded goal and a curveball from Tyler Motte that went off a stick and over the shoulder of the goaltender.
They got the win, but it reminded us that their problems from last season haven't been fixed overnight.
On the blueline it wasn't crisp; pinches were poorly timed, they didn't make great reads on the rush and they struggled to possess the puck in the defensive zone.
Offensively Berenson rolled out four lines and bombarded Brandon Wildung, who turned in an outstanding performance in net for the Lakers despite five goals allowed. Opposite Wildung, Steve Racine had a similar night in net; three times Mercyhurst scored on 2-on-1's that came from bad neutral zone pinches but overall he was much better than the scoresheet indicated.
It didn't take long for the freshman to make an impact; Kyle Connor scored two goals, Cooper Marody added his first goal and Brendan Warren picked up his first career point.
Up next the teams return to the ice Sunday to finish the series.