Buckeyes Snap Wolverines Streak

No. 2 Michigan saw a 12-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena. Chad Kolarik netted two goals in the final five minutes, but it was too little too late. Michigan fell 3-2 and must rebound for the series finale against the Buckeyes scheduled for 7:35 p.m. on Saturday night.

ANN ARBOR -- The No. 2-ranked Michigan hockey team saw its 12-game win streak come to a screeching halt against the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan hit multiple posts but found the net just twice as Ohio State escaped with a 3-2 win on the Maize and Blue's home ice.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first 55 minutes of play, the Wolverines battled back to within a single goal twice in the final moments, but the Buckeyes held on to snap the Wolverines season-high win streak.

"I cannot tell you we had a strong game, starting with our puck touches and our passing. I think we have to give OSU credit; they played a good road game. They played a strong defensive game," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

"We had chances. I think I heard three posts ring in the first period, but it didn't matter. It was still a 0-1 game after the first period. Our special teams had to be a factor, and we were not able to do it."

Michigan opened the game on the offensive, but the Maize and Blue were unable to solve Ohio State goalie Joseph Palmer early on. Over the first five minutes, Michigan shooters struck the post three times, but were unable to find the net.

Ten minutes later, the Buckeyes jumped on top 1-0. While skating shorthanded, Ohio State forward Tommy Goebel stripped Chad Kolarik of the puck. Skating in alone against goalie Billy Sauer, Goebel deked to the far post before fired the puck at the net. Sauer made the initial save, but the puck trickled off the goalie and slowly slipped over the goal line into the Michigan net.

"We gave them that game. That short-handed goal was unacceptable. We can't turn the puck over like that; it cost us in the end," Kolarik said later. "That was definitely the turning point. We had killed off the five-on-three right before that and we had the momentum. So, one mistake will cost you."

Michigan out shot the Buckeyes in each of the first two periods, but the 1-0 lead stood until late in the third.

Scoring for the second time of the night, Goebel beat Sauer as the U-M goalie struggled to find the puck after playing it behind his net. With it sitting right on his skate all along, Goebel snatched it up and wrapped it into the near side of the net at 2:33 of the final frame to make it 2-0.

Kolarik made it 2-1 with 2:41 left in the game. Michigan made a move at the OSU net, and with the puck floating through midair, Kolarik swatted it past Palmer to end his shutout bid and into the OSU net.

Ohio State, however, would answer with the eventual game-winner just 32 seconds later. Serio Somma fired the puck over Sauer's glove with just over two minutes left to re-establish a two-goal Ohio State lead.

Kolarik added one more goal in the final moments taking a pass from Chris Summers and skating in alone on Palmer.

Michigan and Ohio State conclude the weekend series with another game at Michigan's Yost Ice Arena on Saturday night. Scheduled start time is 7:35 p.m.

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