Michigan Knocks Off No. 4 BC 3-2

On Friday, the No. 7-ranked Michigan hockey team played host to the No. 4 Boston College Eagles at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Michigan knocked off the Eagles 3-2 behind goals from Jack Johnson, T.J. Hensick, and Travis Turnball in front of 6,982 fans.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In an early season clash of perennial powers, the No. 7-ranked Michigan hockey team hosted the No. 4 Boston College Eagles on Friday at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period with power-play goals from Jack Johnson and T.J. Hensick, and the defense held strong in the final period as the Wolverines knocked off the Eagles 3-2.

With the two-man advantage, the Wolverines struck first off the stick of Jack Johnson at the 1:44 mark. From the point, Johnson sent the puck past Eagles goalie Cory Schneider low just inside the left post.

At 7:20, T.J. Hensick added his first goal of the season, again on the power play, to extend the lead 2-0. Hensick sent the puck over the glove of Schneider from just inside the slot after a shot from Matt Hunwick on the point.

Boston College answered with a power-play goal of their own after a five-minute major penalty to Andrew Ebbett. Chris Collins cut the lead in half with a shot that trickled past Michigan goalie Billy Sauer after the Eagles controlled a face-off in the Michigan zone.

6:54 into the second period, Travis Turnball scored the Wolverines third goal of the night during a scrum in front of the Boston College net. Turnball jammed the puck through Schneider's pads for his first goal as a Wolverine.

Dan Bertram drew the Eagles within one again five minutes later. Brian Boyle skated the puck into the Michigan zone flinging a shot at Billy Sauer. Sauer made the initial save, but Bertram picked up the loose puck in front of the goal and tipped it past the vulnerable net minder for the games final goal.

While neither team was able to net a goal in the third period of play, BC came close with 27 seconds remaining on the clock. After a giveaway in the neutral zone, Peter Harrold carried the puck into the Michigan zone with an odd man rush. Sauer made the save, but the puck trickled out front to Brian Boyle who jammed the puck across the goaline. However, following the Harrold shot, the Boston College forward collided with Sauer drawing a 2 minute charging penalty nullifying the tying goal.

Michigan outshot BC 38-24 in the win and will now have Saturday off before hosting Merrimack on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor.

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