Icer's Make it a Three Point Weekend

No. 2 Michigan held a 5-3 lead in the second half of the third period, but a fluky type goal ignited the Miami offense as No. 1 Miami and No. 2 Michigan skated to a 5-5 tie on Saturday night in Oxford, Ohio. Michigan got goals from Travis Turnbull, Chad Kolarik, Kevin Porter and a pair from Max Pacioretty.

OXFORD, Ohio -- The No. 2-ranked Wolverines bid for a sweep of No. 1 Miami came just short in a 5-5 tie at Steve Cady Arena inside the Goggin Ice Center on Saturday night in Oxford, Ohio. Skating with a 5-3 lead near the middle of the third period, an unfortunate bounce of the back netting was missed by the officials, and the RedHawks capitalized with a quick goal to trim the lead to one goal and take back the momentum in a game that would eventually end in a 5-5 tie.

After jumping on top 1-0 just over one minute into the contest, the Wolverines had to play catch up for most of the contest. Travis Turnbull scored the Wolverines first goal while skating with a power play, but Miami's Ryan Jones answered with a power-play goal of his own with 11:45 left in the period. With 5:34 left in the period, Miami went up 2-1 with a 2-on-1 Andy Miele goal. Miele's goal was set up after Michigan defenseman Mark Mitera was tripped by the nearside linesman to create the odd-man rush.

Michigan answered with the first of the two goals that the Maize and Blue would get from Max Pacioretty in the opening minute of the second. Pacioretty intercepted a Miami clearing attempt between the circles and quickly riffled the puck past Jeff Zatkoff to make it 2-2.

Miami added one more goal in the period, a point shot that beat Michigan's screened goalie Billy Sauer. Brad Robbins was credited with his first goal of the season on the shot that flew into the right side of the net to give the RedHawks their final lead of the game.

Just 2:50 later the Wolverines tied it again at 3-3. Chad Kolarik beat Zatkoff by circling out between the circles and throwing the puck at the screened goalie. It beat Zatkoff for his first goal of the contest.

With 1:12 left in the period Michigan made it 4-3 with Kevin Porter's NCAA-leading 25th goal of the season. Skating four-on-four, the Wolverines possessed the puck in the offensive zone. Pacioretty slid the puck to Kolarik, and Kolarik snapped it to Porter just off the right post. Porter quickly fired it home to give the Wolverines the edge on the scoreboard after the second period.

Pacioretty then added his second goal of the contest, this one on the power play, just 35 seconds into the final frame. Grabbing a rebound just off the right boards, Pacioretty threw in the shot from an awkward angle and it beat Zatkoff on the near side to make it 5-3.

Michigan would maintain that lead until there was 8:21 left on the clock. Attempting to gain the offensive zone, Miami's Gary Steffes threw the puck into the Michigan zone. The puck deflected off the top of the glass, into the protective netting, and down in front of the Michigan goal as Billy Sauer mishandled the puck, and Andy Miele jammed it home to give the RedHawks the momentum.

Three minutes later Nate Davis tied it with the rebound goal.

With the three point weekend, the No. 2-ranked Wolverines claim the top spot in the conference standings with three weekends to play. Michigan next returns to the ice for a two-game series with Lake Superior State, both games scheduled for Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Friday nights game is scheduled for 8:05 to be televised by CSTV.

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