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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Michigan stumbles, swept by Miami

There's a reason Miami is now ranked No. 2 in the country.

The RedHawks swept then-No. 2 Michigan last weekend in Oxford, Ohio, and in the process pushed the Wolverines to the seventh spot.

After holding a 2-1 lead, U-M gave up three goals (two shorthanded) over a 2:35 span in the second period in a 4-2 loss Friday night. Kevin Porter and T.J. Hensick (pictured) scored for Michigan while goalie Billy Sauer finished with 42 saves.

"When our power play is turning the puck over and giving up shorthanded goals, it gives the other team a huge life," Michigan head coach Red Berenson said. "That was part of the game. The other part of the game was we turned the puck over too much all over the ice. Their power play was stronger than ours, their penalty killing was stronger than ours, and their team was stronger than ours."

Saturday night, Michigan was unable to hold on to leads of 2-1 and 3-2 and dropped a 4-3 decision. As a result, the Maize and Blue dropped its fourth straight game for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

Hensick had a goal and an assist and goalie Noah Ruden made 27 saves. Captain Andrew Ebbett and Brandon Kaleniecki scored the other goals for the Wolverines (9-5-1, 5-3-1 CCHA).

The Wolverines return home to Yost Ice Arena this weekend to host Nebraska-Omaha. Both games against the Mavericks will start at 7:35 p.m. and be aired live by Comcast Local. The series will conclude the first half of the season for Michigan.

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