No. 3 Wolverines Continue to Slide

On Friday, the No. 3-ranked University of Michigan hockey team resumed play inside the Central Collegiate Hockey Association by kicking off a two game series against the Miami of Ohio RedHawks. In the end, the Wolverines inability on the power play cost the Wolverines as they dropped the opening contest 4-2.

On Friday, the No. 3-ranked University of Michigan hockey team resumed play inside the Central Collegiate Hockey Association by kicking off a two game series against the Miami of Ohio RedHawks. In the end, the Wolverines inability on the power play cost the Wolverines as they dropped the opening contest 4-2.

Michigan got off to a rocky start in the series opener. Freshman defenseman Mark Mitera got sent off the ice with a five-minute major for checking from behind. As a result, the Wolverines were short handed and rotated only five defensemen for the remainder of the game.

Despite the five-minute penalty to Mitera, the Wolverines were able to net the games first goal almost midway through the first period. Kevin Porter, the Wolverines leading goal scorer, put Michigan on top redirecting a shot from Jack Johnson past the RedHawks goalie Charlie Effinger.

At 17:49, Miami answered back to tie the game 1-1. Geoff Smith beat Michigan goalie Billy Sauer on a quick wrist shot from the right circle to tie the game.

Michigan took the lead back early in the second period off the stick of T.J. Hensick. Hensick's goal, his eighth of the season, put Michigan back on top with the teams skating five-on-five. With control of the puck, Hensick coasted across the RedHawks blue line into the zone and calmly flipped the puck past Effinger to put Michigan on top 2-1.

It didn't take long, however, for Miami to answer back and eventually take the lead. A three goal burst in two minutes and thirty-five seconds put Miami on top 4-2 midway through the second period, and Michigan was never able to claw back into the game.

Marty Guerin added his sixth goal of the season for the RedHawks by poking a rebound past Sauer at 8:24 to tie the game 2-2. Then, on the Wolverines power play, Miami netted two goals to go on top.

Michigan was outshot 22-7 in the second period.

In the third, the Wolverines opened the period on the power play for the first four minutes of play. Michigan could only muster one shot on the RedHawks net during this opportunity with the man advantage.

Michigan would outshoot the RedHawks 16-9 in the final period, but the Wolverines were unable to finish any of their opportunities.

The Wolverines and the RedHawks play the second game of the weekend series on Saturday night at Goggin Ice Arena.

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