Wolverines Drop 3-2 Decision in OT

On Friday, the No. 7-ranked Michigan hockey team opened a two-game set with the Lake Superior State Lakers in the Wolverines final home weekend of the season. In the opener, the Wolverines dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Lakers and remain in third place heading into Saturday night.

With just six games left in conference play, it's that time of the year where pressure builds and every game counts. Sitting in third place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association entering the weekend, the Wolverines were looking at a pair of must win games on their home ice at Yost Ice Arena. But someone forgot to tell that to the Lake Superior State Lakers.

"When you get good chances in a close game, you have to capitalize on them. We gave them some good chances as well, they're a good hockey team, and I think everyone realizes how close games are going to be from hereon in," Michigan coach Red Berenson said after the game. "One shot one way or the other is the difference in the game, whether it's in overtime or late in the third period. We were getting some good chances and Noah (Ruden) was giving us a chance."

Steve McJannet struck first to put the Lake Superior State Lakers at 6:28. With the puck behind the U-M net, McJannet found daylight as he wrapped around to the left post jamming the puck underneath the pads of Michigan goalie Noah Ruden.

At 10:40, Jason Dest knotted the score 1-1 for the Wolverines. Dest, a Wolverines defenseman, fired the puck at the pack in front of the Lakers net. Although the U-M defenseman was just looking to generate a rebound opportunity, the puck beat LSSU goalie Jeff Jakaitis.

T.J. Hensick would provide the Wolverines with their only lead of the game just over two minutes later as he rifled the puck past Jakaitis' glove from between the circles while the Maize and Blue skated in with a three-on-two opportunity.

In the second, the Wolverines would threaten to expand the lead just over six minutes in. A deflection in front of the net beat Jakaitis, but the puck rang off the post to keep it a 2-1 game.

Trent Campbell tied the game 2-2 midway through the second frame, beating the U-M goalie after crossing him over from left to right and proceeded to backhand the puck into the open Michigan goal.

Michigan would threaten in the third, but the Wolverines were unable to solve the LSSU goalie and the game went to overtime. At 3:01 of the period, McJannet beat Ruden for the second time to end it and send the Wolverines home with the same spot in the standings as when the game started.

"It was a bad neutral-zone play on our part. We had a guy streaking down one side and they had a guy streaking down one side and nobody picked him up," said T.J. Hensick after the Lakers game winning goal. "With our neutral zone forechecking, it needs to be the wide-side forward (picking him up). Of the three guys on the ice, including myself, we did not pick up, and he got a good scoring chance and found a way to get the puck in the net."

Michigan and Lake Superior State conclude the weekend series tomorrow night at Yost Ice Arena.

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