In an inspired weekend, Muhlenberg responded the way they needed to.
Hoping to avenge their loss to CW Post last weekend, Muhlenberg came out strong on Friday night, starting what would become a three game unbeaten streak. On Friday night, Muhlenberg defeated last place Rutgers University 8-3.
David Emerson started the game, and the Mules were up 5-0 after two periods. Emerson was later taken out in favor of backup goalie David Gardner, who let up three goals, yet held on for the win.
Goals came from three different lines, as everyone pitched in for Muhlenberg's seventh win of the season.
Saturday night, the Mules travelled to La Salle University to face the La Salle Explorers, the team sitting in second to last place. Through a rough game in which the referee seemed to attempt to be noticed by calling awful calls on both teams, Muhlenberg came out strong in the second and third periods, winning 9-4.
After leaving the ice in the first period tied 2-2, the Muhlenberg Mules seemed to be down on themselves, but due to the presence of many different leaders in the locker room, they were able to get back up and dominate the remainder of the game. Starting goalie Emerson played great, and although he allowed four goals, he played extremely well, giving his team their eighth win.
Sunday morning, the Mules travelled to Kutztown University at the Ice Cap arena to play the Kutztown Golden Bears. The last game between them ended with a 6-3 Muhlenberg win and a bench-clearing brawl after the whistle.
This game was evenly matched from the beginning, as the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie. Both goalies played phenomenally, and defense was the key, as very few chances were traded throughout the contest.
The roughness continued, though, as there were many hits, both clean and dirty, and ultimately a fight that involved Mule second-liner Mike Williams, who was given a ten minute misconduct for fighting.
There were many chances in overtime for both teams to win the game, but due to great goaltending, great defense, and a linesman in a bad place, the game ended with a tie, keeping 'Berg and Kutztown even in the standings. The Mules are now 8-1-1 while the Kutztown Golden Bears are 8-4-1. First place Scranton is 9-2.
Next weekend, Muhlenberg plays one conference game, at Franklin and Marshall. The game could propel them into first place in the GNCHC.
On a side note, Muhlenberg head coach Ken Latteman was hospitalized after falling on his way to work. He was diagnosed with a broken tibia and fibula, and will remain in the hospital for another few days, at least. Assistant Coach Bill Nixon became the head coach for the weekend, with Alan Bass coaching the offense for the Kutztown game. The team's and fan's thoughts and prayers are with the Latteman family, hoping for a speedy recovery.