Tigers Rally Late to Eliminate Wolverines

The No. 5 Wolverine hockey team had their hopes for a Frozen Four appearance crash to a screeching halt Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Wolverines dropped a 4-3 decision to the No. 3 Colorado College Tigers. The Wolverines jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but over the final 35 minutes of play the Tigers dominated netting the game winner with less than 10 minutes remaining.

9:17 into the opening period, Jeff Tambellini put the Wolverines on top while extended his scoring streak by scoring his second power-play goal in as many nights. The goal, set up by Andrew Ebbett winning a face-off inside the CC zone, came from the point as Tambellini blasted a shot past Colorado College goalie Curtis McElhinney.

Brandon Kaleniecki put Michigan on top 2-0 on the Wolverines second power play of the game, crashing the net on a rebound in front of the Tigers net and snapping a quick shot past McElhinney. David Moss, who's shot from the left circle set up the Kaleniecki goal, was credited with an assist.

After one period, the Wolverines held an 11-7 edge in shots over the Tigers.

1:32 into the second period, Eric Nystrom scored the final goal of his Michigan career, combining with Andrew Ebbett on an odd-man rush. After taking a cross-ice pass from Ebbett, Nystrom shot the puck at the Colorado College net. McElhinney caught the shot, but before the whistle blew, one of McElhinney's own players crashed into the goaltender causing him to drop the shot into the net.

That was all the Wolverine offense could muster against the Tigers, however, and special teams would tilt momentum in CC's favor for the remainder of the contest.

Marty Sertich got Colorado College on the board 6:13 into the second period, capitalizing on a five-on-three advantage. Sertich recovered a rebound in front of the Wolverine net and slid it into the net to make it 3-1.

Colorado College cut the lead to one goal with less than five minutes left in the period, scoring their second goal of the night while the Wolverines were on the power play. Trevor Frischmon slipped the puck underneath Montoya as the Wolverine goalie tried to regain his balance after stonewalling two Tiger shots.

The Wolverines had an opportunity to provide a little breathing room with 3:58 remaining in the period, but Milan Gajic's breakaway opportunity was denied as his shot sailed over the Tiger goal and into the netting behind McElhinney.

From that point on, the Tigers dominated play.

4:24 into the final period, Colorado College knotted the score 3-3. Joey Crabb tipped a shot by Frischmon past Montoya's glove from just inside the slot.

Six minutes later, the Tigers took their first lead of the game when Frischmon beat Montoya for the second time of the night. Frischmon scored his second goal from just outside the crease as the puck bounced around with a pile in front of the net. The puck eventually found its way to the left side of the goal where Frischmon flung the puck into the net.

Michigan pressured McElhinney one last time after a Colorado College penalty in the final minutes, but the goaltender brushed aside the last flurry of Wolverine shots as time expired on the Wolverine season.

The Wolverines finished 31-8-3.

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