Nov. 29, 2008

Courtesy of Minnesota Athletics

Minneapolis, Minn. - After getting through its first 11 games undefeated, Minnesota lost its second straight game on Friday with a 6-3 setback to Michigan in the College Hockey Showcase at Mariucci Arena.

The Wolverines jumped on the Gophers with two first period goals and two more goals early in the second period for a 4-0 lead less than 25 minutes into the game. Michigan had scored just one goal in getting swept in a series at Miami last weekend, while the Gophers surrendered two goals in the first period for the first time this season. It was the most goals Minnesota has allowed in a span of 73 games since a 7-3 home loss to North Dakota on Jan. 27, 2007.

Minnesota entered the game ranked No. 1 in the country for the second straight week and dropped to 7-2-4 overall. Carl Hagelin and David Wohlberg each scored twice for the 15th-ranked Wolverines, who are now 9-6 for the season.

Michigan scored the game’s first goal at 5:07 in the first period when Brandon Nurato took a perfect cross-ice pass from Ben Winnett in the corner and buried the shot on the far side of the net.

The Wolverines went ahead 2-0 at the 9:05 mark as Carl Hagelin scored after Travis Turnbull picked the puck off a Gophers’ stick in their own zone. Turnbull made a perfect feed to Hagelin in front of the net for the goal.

Michigan had eight of the first nine shots in the second period and took a 3-0 lead when David Wolhberg scored at the 2:22 mark when he slid the puck under Minnesota goaltender Alex Kangas’ pads. Danny Fardig and Chris Summers had assists on the play.

Kangas was removed from a game for the first time in his collegiate career and had a streak snapped of 2,181 consecutive minutes played after Michigan scored at the 4:01 mark to take a 4-0 lead. Hagelin scored the goal when he took the puck in the slot and fired into the upper corner with assists from Turnbull and Robbie Czarnik. Kangas made his 34th consecutive start and was playing in his 37th straight game. Kent Patterson took over in goal and made his collegiate debut. Kangas stopped 11 of 15 shots, while Patterson finished the night with 26 saves.

Michigan committed three straight penalties later in the period, including two that gave Minnesota a five-on-three power play for 38 seconds. The Gophers took advantage when Jordan Schroeder ripped a shot into the upper corner from just above the faceoff dot. Cade Fairchild passed to Schroeder from behind the net to set up the goal at the 10:42 mark, while Jay Barriball also assisted the play. Schroeder’s goal snapped Minnesota’s scoreless streak at nearly 99 consecutive minutes after being shutout last Saturday at Denver.

Barriball was back on the ice after being injured in the first period and leaving the game. Taylor Matson was also injured for Minnesota in the first period and did not return to the game. He will be further evaluated on Saturday.

With 1:11 left in the period, Michigan made it 5-1 as Wohlberg collected a loose puck in front of the net and scored with a wraparound shot past Patterson. However, Minnesota got the game back to a three-goal deficit with 12 seconds left in the frame as Ryan Stoa put in a rebound off a shot by David Fischer. Stoa has now scored goals in 10 of the Gophers’ 13 games and has points in 12 different games. Aaron Ness also had an assist on the play.

Minnesota got a lucky bounce to cut the lead to 5-3 at the 3:47 mark of the third period. Mike Hoeffel gained control of a loose puck along the boards above the faceoff circle and fired a shot towards the goal that bounced off Justin Bostrom and popped high in the air over the glove of Wolverines’ goalie Bryan Hogan. It was Bostrom’s first goal of the season.

Patterson came up with his biggest save of the night just a short time later as Michigan had a two-on-one breakout, but the freshman made a pad save on Chad Langlais to maintain the two-goal deficit.

The Wolverines extended the lead to 6-3 at the 10:46 mark as Louie Caporusso got behind the defense and reached out to tip in a long pass from Tim Miller.

Michigan finished the night with a 43-25 advantage in shots as Hogan made 22 saves in goal. The Gophers look to get back on track Saturday when they host Michigan State in the second game of the College Hockey Showcase weekend at 7 p.m.