Wolverines Drop First CCHA Game at Yost

After last night's 2-0 victory over Nebraska-Omaha, the Michigan hockey team was looking to close out the first round match up versus the Maverick's tonight at Yost Ice Arena.

The Wolverines got on the board early in the game, as they pressured the Nebraska-Omaha net with shot after shot. After covering the puck for the Maverick's, a face off was set to the right of Maverick goalie Chris Holt. Wolverine center Dwight Helminen won the face off back to defender Jason Dest, who sent the puck to Eric Nystrom for a quick wrister on net. After Holt made the blocker save, the puck trickled out to freshman forward Mike Brown right in front of the open net as he one-timed the puck past the goaltender giving Michigan the early 1-0 lead 2:55 into the first period.

Momentum swung shortly after however and that was all the Wolverines would get. After a shot on the Maverick net and scuffle between the two teams, the Mavericks took advantage of a 5 on 3 power play when leading scorer Scott Parse slid the puck past goalie Al Montoya on the nearside post to knot the score at 1 with 6 minutes left in the first period.

With the score tied up the Maverick's looked like a team with new confidence. Nebraska-Omaha matched Michigan shot for shot and the Wolverines were never able to capitalize on their opportunities while the Maverick's capitalized twice more. Late in the second period with the puck in the Michigan zone, Maverick forward Kaleb Betts was able to get a shot off towards the net. While Montoya made the initial save he appeared to lose sight of the puck as Nebraska-Omaha forward Andrew Wong skated in and poked the puck past the Wolverine cager, giving the Maverick's their first lead of the series at 2-1.

With time winding down and facing a 2-1 deficit Michigan was forced into applying more pressure. An errant pass from the Wolverines sent Maverick Anthony Adams one-on-one with Al Montoya. After a deke to Montoya's left he shot the puck past the goalie's right pad, giving the Maverick's a 3-1 lead they would hold onto the rest of the game.

The win was the first ever in Yost for the Nebraska-Omaha Maverick's The two teams now get set to square off in game three tomorrow night at 7:20 with the winner advancing on to the next round of the CCHA tournament.

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