Oct. 31, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

Courtesy of Michigan Athletics

The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 4 USA Today/No. 4 USCHO) took down the Ferris State Bulldogs, 3-2, on Saturay (Oct. 30) at Yost Ice Arena.

U-M led the entire game after taking a 2-0 lead in the first period. Nine U-M players had a point, with the goals coming from senior left wing Scooter Vaughan (Placentia, Calif.), sophomore right wing Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and senior co-captain Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden).

Vaughan extended his single-season career high for goals at 9:18 of the first frame. Freshman right wing Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) dug the puck out from the left corner and weaved his way toward the crease. Met by defenders, the puck squirted out of the scrum and across the ice to Vaughan, who cleaned up, roofing a shot over the shoulder of goaltender Pat Nagle to give U-M the 1-0 advantage.

Later in the period, Michigan was awarded a power play at 11:52, and it only took the Maize and Blue 23 seconds to capitalize. Freshman defenseman Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) dished the puck along the blue line to senior defenseman Chad Langlais (Spokane, Wash.), who fired a shot from the point. The FSU goaltender moved to his left to make the save, leaving the right half of the goal wide open for Lynch to pick up the rebound and finish to make it 2-0.

Michigan took an early penalty at the start of the second stanza and FSU took advantage on a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Hogan to the high glove-side at 3:00. However, Hagelin responded at 6:18 when he one-timed a shot off the left-hand boards that ricocheted off an FSU defender, finding its way past the goalie and into the back of the net. Defensemen Tristin Llewellyn (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) were credited with the helpers.

Senior goaltender Bryan Hogan (Highland, Mich.) made the most impressive of his 22 saves with 7:44 remaining in the middle period to keep the score at 3-1. Bulldog forward Matthew Kirzinger had a clear shot at the net, but Hogan put just enough leather on the puck to tip it over the net and secure Michigan's two-goal lead for the time being.

Ferris State eventually found the back of the net with 2:30 remaining in the second frame on a rebound from Hogan's initial save. The goal was reviewed but ultimately went in favor of FSU to make it 3-2 U-M after 40 minutes.

The Bulldogs hardly tested the Michigan defense in the third period, registering just five shots on goal. Ferris State pulled its goalie with 1:15 left in an attempt to score the extra-attacker tally, but a penalty 19 seconds later severely hindered the comeback bid and all but assured the U-M victory.

The Maize and Blue travels to the frozen tundra of Fairbanks, Alaska, next weekend (Fri-Sat., Nov. 5-6), facing the Nanooks at the Carlson Center.