Ice Hockey: Lakers sink Wolverines 3-2

Danny Fardig scored his first goal of the season and Chad Kolarik added a second goal, but the No. 10-ranked Wolverines dropped a tight 3-2 decision to the Lake Superior State Lakers on Friday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Billy Sauer turned aside 20 shots in the Michigan loss. The Wolverines remain in third place in the CCHA with one game left in hand on Miami University.

Danny Fardig scored his first goal of the season and Billy Sauer turned aside 20 Lake Superior State shots, but the No. 10-ranked Wolverines wasted power play opportunities caught up to Red Berenson and his Michigan ice hockey team in a 3-2 loss to LSSU on Friday night.

Neither team took advantage of the man advantage in the first period. Michigan skated with the first power play of the game just under six minutes in, but the Maize and Blue could only generate a single shot with the extra skater.

Lake Superior State had its first chance just past the middle point of the period. Jack Johnson, and eventually David Rohlfs as well, was sent to the penalty box, but the Wolverines penalty killers successfully kept the home team off the board during 37 seconds of 5-on-3 time.

Within minutes of the penalty kill, the Wolverines went on top 1-0. Danny Fardig beat LSSU goalie Jeff Jakaitis for his first marker of the season by firing home a rebound off Chad Kolarik's from the right circle.

Michigan went on the power play again seconds later, but the Wolverines second chance with the man advantage was just as unsuccessful as its first.

LSSU tied it seven minutes into the second period. A botched clearing attempt from inside the Michigan zone created the Lakers scoring opportunity, and forward Pat Aubry redirected a shot past U-M goalie Billy Sauer from just in front of the Wolverines crease.

Michigan had two power play opportunities to end the period, but the visiting team couldn't solve Jakaitis again through the end of 40 minutes.

Power play woes opened the final period as well. Michigan was unsuccessful with their first 5-on-3 advantage of the game to run their power play draught to 20 attempts. U-M had plenty of opportunities to score, but Jakaitis denied the Wolverines at each and every opportunity.
The Lakers went on top 2-1 with 12 minutes left in the game. Troy Schwab beat Sauer for LSSU's second goal on a rebound for their first lead of the game.

Michigan drew even by finally snapping their power play drought at 13:21. Chad Kolarik fired the puck past Jakaitis near the left post on a feed from Andrew Cogliano.

It took the Lakers just under a minute, however, to net the game winning game. Josh Sim threw a rebound past Sauer into the net with just over five minutes left on the clock and the Wolverines trailed again.

Michigan ended the game with a 5-on-3 opportunity and another minute of power play time, but Jakaitis and the LSSU goalpost denied the Wolverines final opportunities in the tight 3-2 loss.

Michigan and LSSU conclude the weekend series on Sunday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

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