Hockey: No. 1 Michigan Upset By No. 3 Minn.

<p> Within seven days of earning the nations No. 1 rating, the University of Michigan hockey team went on the road only to run into a giant road block in Minnesota. Four first period goals deflated the Wolverines early and they would never recover, as Minnesota went on to the <strong>5-1 upset.</strong></p>

Minnesota’s Ryan Potulny found the back of the net twice in the first five minutes of the game, and those would wind up being the game winning goals. At the 3:10 mark, Potulny, the nations leading scorer, beat Michigan goalie Al Montoya from the left hash by taking advantage of a shot deflecting off the cross bar to put the Golden Gophers on top 1-0. 28 seconds later Potulny capitalized on a second deflection, this time from the opposite side of the net.

Golden Gopher Jake Flemming extended the Minnesota lead to three goals after Michigan was unable to deliver on their first power play of the game. With the puck in the Michigan zone, Flemming beat Montoya high on the glove side at 11:55.

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the onslaught didn't stop there. 51 seconds later, the lead was pushed to 4-0 as Gino Guyer beat Montoya through the legs as he skated across the ice.

The lone bright spot for the Wolverines would come a few minutes later. David Rohlfs beat Minnesota goal keeper Kellen Briggs on a rebound off a Jeff Tambellini shot with just under five minutes to play in the period.

Minnesota snuffed out any possible momentum started by that early in the second period. A wrist shot by Gopher Mike Vannell to put his squad up 5-1 and close the coring on the night.

Noah Ruden took over in the Michigan net for struggling goalie Al Montoya for the final third of the game.

Michigan continues the 2004 College Hockey Showcase tomorrow night from Madison, Wis., where they face iff with the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers at 8:05.

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