Ice Hockey: Cogs hat trick wasted

Despite three goals from sophomore Andrew Cogliano, the No. 6-ranked Michigan ice hockey team dropped a disappointing 6-3 decision to the Western Michigan Broncos on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Cogliano drew the Wolverines within one late in the game, but the Wolverines could not overcome a two-goal WMU lead entering the third period.

Western Michigan should have been a sight for sore eyes. It's been over 10 seasons since Western Michigan had beaten Michigan in Ann Arbor. Someone forgot to tell Western Michigan.

Despite getting three goals from sophomore Andrew Cogliano, the No. 6 Michigan ice hockey team dropped a 6-3 decision to the Western Michigan Broncos on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.

"We've had a good first period most nights, and tonight, we just weren't sharp," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "We gave up the first goal again, and we got that goal back. But we weren't playing the kind of hockey in the first period that we needed to play. The second period, we gave up goals too easily, and all the sudden, we were two goals behind. We tried to climb back in, and we couldn't quite make it."

Western Michigan got on the scoreboard first just 2:52 into the game. After winning a face-off to the left of Michigan goalie Billy Sauer, Broncos defenseman Tyler Ludwig fired a snap shot that trickled under the blocker-side arm of Sauer and into the Michigan net to make it 1-0.

"He kept us in the game at times when they could have scored," Berenson said. "He made a great save. Then he gave up a couple of goals he shouldn't have given up."

Cogliano tied the game 1-1 with his first goal of the night near just minutes later.

"Hunwick was just going wide," Cogliano said after the game. "I went to the net and came to a hard stop. The puck hit me, hit the guy that was coming with me and just went in."

Western Michigan climbed back on top with a power-play goal at 5:58 of the second period, beating the screened Michigan goalie as the Broncos skated with a two-man advantage as a result of a delayed Michigan penalty.

Cogliano again answered the Broncos, however, this time on the power play. Cogliano, again crashing the crease, jammed home a rebound past Western Michigan goalie Riley Gill for his second goal of the night.

47 seconds later the Broncos were back on top after converting a two-on-one rush with a shot over the glove of Sauer into the near side of the net.

"Some nights they go in, and some nights they don't. That's why defense is so important," Berenson said. "That's why we can't give up those easy goals. In the meantime, we're giving up too many quality chances. From our standpoint, it wasn't a good game; from their stand point, it was a great game."

Western extended the lead with a one-timer just in front of the crease in the final moments of the period.

Cogliano scored again with 13:37 left on the clock to make it 4-3, this time on a feed from Chad Kolarik that found the center behind the Broncos defense, but the Broncos added one more goal and an empty netter to put the game away.

Michigan and Western Michigan will complete the two-game weekend series on Saturday night in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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