Ice Hockey: Weekend Split in Season Finale

Michigan picked up five goals on Saturday night, including a shorthanded marker from Danny Fardig, but it wasn't enough to carry the No. 10-ranked Wolverines past the Ohio State Buckeyes in a 6-5 loss in the regular season finale. Kevin Porter, Travis Turnball, Brandon Naurato and Tim Miller scored the other four Michigan goals.

Michigan is entering the postseason on the wrong note. After defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 4-3 on Friday night at Value City Arena in Columbus, the No. 10-ranked Wolverines were looking for a weekend sweep to boost momentum heading into the CCHA Tournament. Despite a pair of two-goal leads in the second period, Michigan couldn't hold on in a 6-5 loss to the Buckeyes in the regular season finale.

Kevin Porter put Michigan on top 1-0 thirteen minutes into the game. Porter took a pass from Hobey Baker Award candidate T.J. Hensick and skated in past the Ohio State defense. A quick move and a wrist shot later, the puck was in the net behind Buckeyes goalie Joseph Palmer.

Ohio State tied the game three minutes later. Mathieu Beaudoin picked up the rebound to his own blocked shot, circled to the bottom of the left circle, and fired the puck through Billy Sauer's five-hole to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes.

Travis Turnball put the Wolverines back on top in the opening minutes of the second frame. Brandon Naurato fired a shot at Palmer right off the face-off, and Turnball pounced on the loose puck and tapped it into the open net just as it fell to the ice.

Naurato scored a goal of his own five minutes later to make it 3-1. Skating with a five-on-three advantage, Naurato redirected Mark Mitera's shot from the point past Palmer to double the Michigan lead.

Ohio State trimmed the lead back to one goal 1:30 later. Jason DeSantis beat Sauer with a wrist shot to make the score 3-2.

The Buckeyes went on the power play just moments later, but Fardig put Michigan back on top by a pair of goals. Chad Kolarik carried the puck into the zone and fed Fardig for the two-on-one goal to make it 4-2 near the middle of the period.

Ohio State rallied to tie it, however, with a pair of goals 20 seconds apart near the end of the period to make it 4-4 following the second period.

The Buckeyes then took their first lead of the game in the opening minutes of the third period with a power-play goal at 3:01. Tyson Strachan beat Sauer with a blast just under the crossbar.

Tim Miller tied it with just over five minutes left from behind the goal by banking it off Palmer's back and into the net, however, Beaudoin scored his second goal of the contest with just 1:30 left on the clock to carry Ohio State to victory.

The Wolverines finished in second place in the CCHA standings, and, as a result, have a first round bye in the CCHA Tournament. Michigan next returns to the ice on Friday, March 9 against an opponent determined this upcoming weekend.

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