Ice Hockey: Michigan edges defending champs

With their first come from behind victory of the season, the No. 7-ranked Michigan ice hockey team extended its season high seven game win steak with a dramatic 4-3 win over the defending national champion Wisconsin Badgers. Andrew Cogliano had a goal and two assists for the Wolverines, and Billy Sauer turned aside 34 Wisconsin shots to improve to 11-3-0 on the season.

It had been three years since the Wolverines took care of business in the annual College Hockey Showcase. None of the current Wolverines had ever won a game in the yearly contest between the top teams in the CCHA and the WCHA. All of that changed on Friday night.

After spotting the defending national champion Wisconsin Badgers a two-goal lead in the opening period, the No. 7-ranked Michigan hockey team stormed back over the final 40 minutes behind a goal, including the game winner, and two assists from center Andrew Cogliano.

Despite falling behind 2-0, it was the Wolverines that had the first scoring opportunity just seconds into the game. Directly after the opening face-off, Wolverines winger David Rohlfs crashed the Badgers net, but sent the puck over the goal and the game remained 0-0.

Just before the midway point in the period, Wisconsin's Michael Davies put the Badgers on top 1-0, sending the puck behind Michigan goalie Billy Sauer on a UW three-on-two rush.

Michigan had an opportunity to tie the score moments later, but defenseman Jack Johnson was stoned on a breakaway by Wisconsin goalie Brian Elliot.

The Wolverines went back on the power play moments later, but it was the Badgers that did the special teams damage. Wisconsin forward Jack Skille intercepted a pass inside the Michigan offensive zone and took it the distance beating Sauer to make it 2-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the opening frame.

Wisconsin outshot the Wolverines 11-6 after one period.

Michigan trimmed the lead in half just moments into the second frame. Getting credited for his first assist of the contest, Cogliano split the Wisconsin defense before finding winger Tim Miller off the far post with a cross-ice pass that caught Elliot out of position. Miller quickly fired the puck into the net and made it 2-1.

T.J. Hensick tied the game 2-2 with his sixth goal of the season near the middle of the period. Skating with the man advantage, Cogliano found Hensick just in front of the Badgers net for his second assist of the night, and Hensick one-timed the puck past the Badgers netminder.

Wisconsin answered, however, retaking the lead within seconds of being unsuccessful on their third power play of the night.

Shots were even through the second period of play.

David Rohlfs tied the game 3-3 at the 8:25 mark of the third period, beating Elliot on a tap in after Hensick drew the Badgers goalie out of position before finding Rohlfs camped out just outside the Wisconsin crease.

Within the next minute, Andrew Cogliano netted the game winner for the Wolverines with a wrist shot that deflected off the blocker of Elliot and into the net.

With the 4-3 win, the Wolverines win streak reached a season high seven games as the Wolverines make the overnight trip to Minneapolis for a showdown with the No. 1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers.

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