UND ends Michigan's season

No. 8 Michigan jumped out to leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 5-4, but the Wolverines were not able to hold on in a season-ending 8-5 loss to No. 6 North Dakota at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. T.J. Hensick had a pair of Michigan goals in his final game in a Michigan uniform. North Dakota scored five power-play goals in the win.

Same story, different year. Despite goals from Kevin Porter and Chris Summers in first minute of tonight's West Regional semifinal game, the No. 8-ranked Wolverines fell to No. 6 North Dakota 8-5 in the second game of the Denver, Colo., regional behind five power-play goals from the Fighting Sioux.

Just 26 seconds into the game, Kevin Porter put Michigan on top 1-0. Sitting between the circles, Porter took a feed from T.J. Hensick and fired the puck past North Dakota goalie Phillippe Lamoureux's left shoulder to open the scoring.

Summers made it 2-0 thirty-two seconds later. Andrew Cogliano took a breakout pass and sliced through the middle of the Fighting Sioux defense with no one to beat. The North Dakota netminder made the save, but the puck trickled back in front of the net and Summers crashed hard jamming it home.

The Sioux struck back with their first power-play goal of the night two minutes later. Chris Porter corralled a shot that rung off the left post and fired it past Michigan goalie Billy Sauer to trim the lead in half.

Michigan's T.J. Hensick answered the goal, however, with the Wolverines third marker in the opening five minutes of the contest. Hensick picked up a loose puck in the corner, cycled around the circle, and fired the puck through the legs of Lamoureux at 4:58.

Both teams traded opportunities back and forth for the next 10 minutes, but things appeared to have settled down until North Dakota scored three goals in the final five minutes of the period to take its first lead of the game.

Chris Porter, again with the man advantage, beat Sauer on a redirection after slapping the stick out of defenseman Jason Dest's hands at the 14:36 mark. Just under two minutes later, T.J. Oshie, who tallied three goals for the Sioux, tied it 3-3 with a backhand shot that trickled under Sauer's arm, and Jonathan Toews made it 4-3 North Dakota with a five-on-three power-play goal just off the left post.

Michigan climbed back on top with another pair of goals in the opening minute of the second period. Hensick tied the score 4-4 just 14 seconds into the period while on the power play, and Andrew Cogliano scored his 24th goal of the season after Lamoureux misplayed the puck behind his own net and Cogliano beat him back to the crease for an easy wraparound goal.

As was the case in the first, though, the Fighting Sioux used the power play to climb back on top. Robbie Bina fired the puck past Sauer just off the face-off just seconds into North Dakota's first man-advantage of the period.

A minute and a half later, the Sioux went back on top for good. Rylan Kaip, an assistant captain on the North Dakota team, took a feed from Matt Watkins between the circles. Kaip quickly squared towards the Michigan net and flung the puck past Sauer just off the left post.

The Fighting Sioux would add its first insurance goal from Oshie with just over two minutes left on the clock in the middle period. Oshie threw the puck towards the Michigan net from a bad angle, and the puck deflected off Sauer's skate and ricocheted back into the Michigan net.

Michigan outshot North Dakota over the final 20 minutes of play, but the lone goal of the third period was Oshie's open net goal with just over two minutes left to salt the Wolverines away.

Michigan finished the 2006-07 season with a record of 26-14-1. It's the second straight year the Wolverines have been eliminated in the opening round of the NCAA tournament after a stretch of 11 straight years with at least one tournament victory.

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