Ohio State Takes Bite out of Wolverines CCHA Lead

The No. 3 Michigan hockey team had its 12-game CCHA win streak snapped with a 4-1 loss Friday in Columbus thanks to four power play goals by the No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes. One goal was all the Wolverines could muster as they went one-for-eight on the power play. <br>

The two teams traded scoring opportunities early in the contest with each squad finding the post once, but spectacular play from the Ohio State special teams would eventually take over for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State opened up the scoring 7:03 into the first period of play, taking advantage of their first power play opportunity of the game. Dan Knapp pounced on a rebound into the slot, jamming it through Al Montoya's pads to give Ohio State the first goal of the contest.

Michigan would bounce back to even the score midway through the period on a power play rebound shot of their own. Wolverine sophomore T.J. Hensick set the play up for Michigan tallying an assist after cycling the puck behind the net and finding open teammate Brandon Rogers at the point. Buckeye goalie Dave Caruso made the initial save but a loose puck rolled right to Milan Gajic who netted is 12th goal of the season.

That would be all the Wolverine offense could get from Caruso, however, and a five-on-three power play goal, scored by Matt Beaudoin, put Ohio State back on top as the first period came to a close.

Michigan appeared to tie the game 2-2 before the Buckeyes could increase their lead, but a goal scored by Brandon Kaleniecki was waved off due to having a skate inside the goalie crease and the second period would end without either team adding a goal.

Rod Pelley would score on the power play to provide breathing room for Ohio State at 1:37 of the final period, beating Montoya low from in the slot, thanks to a screen in front of the Wolverine net minder.

Ohio State would add a fourth power play goal from the point with less then 10 minutes to play.

With the win Ohio State pulls within three points of Michigan in the CCHA standings with the final game of the series being played tomorrow night in Columbus.

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