Icers Drop OT Heart Breaker in NC Game

The Michigan ice hockey team saw its season come to an end on Saturday night in a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in the National Championship game.

ST. PAUL, Minn - Minnesota-Duluth's Kyle Schmidt slammed home a back door feed from Travis Oleksuk 3:22 into overtime as the No. 3-seeded Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs downed the No. 2-seeded Wolverines 3-2 in overtime of Saturday night's division one National Championship game.

Ben Winnett and Jeff Rohrkemper scored goals for the Wolverines, and goalie Shawn Hunwick turned aside 35 shots, but the Wolverines were on their heels most of the night in the heartbreaking national championship game loss.

"I thought we turned the puck over too often. Maybe we were a little jittery. We made some good plays but too many turnovers. Way too many turnovers starting in the first period. Whether we were not as confident or not as patient with the puck as we should have been, and that's one of the tell-tale signs that we weren't having as good a game as we needed to," said Michigan coach Red Berenson.

In the first period, despite a quick whistle that disallowed Michigan's first goal, the Wolverines claimed a 1-0 lead. Ben Winnett scored his second goal of the tournament 5:18 into the first period. Matt Rust won a face-off deep in Bulldogs territory to Winnett, and Winnett flunk the puck past the Minnesota-Duluth goalie.

Minutes earlier, Carl Hagelin appeared to score for Michigan, but the officials intent to blow the whistle disallowed the Michigan goal.

In the second period the Bulldogs rallied for two quick goals to claim a 2-1 lead. 1:39 into the period Travis Oleksuk jammed his own rebound past Hunwick to make it 1-1. At 10:29 Max Tardy jammed his own rebound past Hunwick to make it 2-1.

Late in the period Michigan tied it 2-2 on Jeff Rohrkemper's first goal of the Frozen Four. Defenseman Greg Pateryn threw a shot at the Minnesota-Duluth net, and a rebound off traffic in front came to Rohrkemper who flung the puck back into the net.

Neither team scored in the third period, then, 3:22 into overtime, Minnesota-Duluth scored to end the Wolverines season.

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