#2 Icers Down Ohio State 4-2

The No. 2-ranked Michigan hockey team forced a weekend split with a 4-2 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor on Saturday night. Freshmen scored all four Michigan goals and Bryan Hogan recorded his first collegiate win in goal for the Wolverines. Max Pacioretty finished with two goals for the Wolverines.

ANN ARBOR -- One night after having its 12-game win streak snapped by the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes, the No. 2-ranked Michigan hockey team got back on track with a hard-fought, hard-hitting 4-2 win over the rival Buckeyes on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.

Skating with multiple tweaks to the U-M lineup, three Michigan freshmen combined to score all four Maize and Blue goals as fans at Yost Ice Arena got a preview of what's in store for Michigan hockey fans for years to come. In goal, freshman Bryan Hogan made his first collegiate start recording 26 saves for his first win.

"I think it was time for Hogan to start a game at Yost; he missed the entire fall, and he has been working hard at practice. He looked good, and I have had it in the back of my mind to play him. I thought it was good to put him in, play him a game at home, and see where he is. It was a big game for our team, and he sensed the importance of the game, but he was up to it," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

Unlike on Friday, Michigan jumped on top quickly in the final game of the weekend series. Just four minutes into the first period, Matt Rust scored the first goal of the contest. Centering a new line with Carl Hagelin and Aaron Palushaj, Rust snatched up a loose puck behind the Ohio State goal and wrapped it around the near side into the Buckeyes net at 4:30.

Line mate Carl Hagelin doubled the lead with his fifth goal of the season at 8:01. With the puck deep in the right corner, Hagelin fed the puck to Aaron Palushaj in the right circle. Hagelin sliced past his defenseman towards the net and took a return pass from Palushaj with no one but Ohio State goalie Joseph Palmer in front of him. Hagelin quickly snapped the backhand into the near side of the net and doubled the Michigan lead.

"It was a great day for the freshmen. In terms of Hogan, he has to have a lot of confidence after a great game. And then in the lineup we had Matt Rust and Carl Hagelin (on a line with Palushaj) and they played unbelievably," said Max Pacioretty. "They had two quick goals that got us going. So it gave us some confidence and we need to build off that."

Ohio State's best scoring chance of the period came next at 10:23. After Michigan's Tim Miller was called for a delay of game penalty with the puck sitting in the Michigan crease, Ohio State forward Tommy Goebel was awarded a penalty shot. Goebel faked to the backhand, but Hogan turned aside his first major test to keep the score 2-0 Michigan.

Max Pacioretty made it 3-0 just two minutes later. Scoring Michigan's first power-play goal of the weekend at 12:01, Pacioretty snapped a wrist shot past Palmer and into the net off Aaron Palushaj's third assist of the game.

Near the middle of the second period, Ohio State finally solved Michigan's Bryan Hogan. John Dingle forced a Michigan turnover at the blue line and skated in alone on Hogan to score the Buckeyes first goal.

Max Pacioretty added his second goal of the game at 16:01, however, to salt the game away. Pacioretty snapped the puck past Palmer on a 2-on-1 feed from Kevin Porter.

Ohio State would eventually add one final goal in the last 20 minutes.

With the win, the Wolverines improved to 14-2-0 on the season. Michigan has its final series before the break with a two-game home-and-home series with Bowling Green State. Friday night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the BGSU Ice Arena.

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