Michigan entered the third period trailing 2-0 last night at Boston University and tied the game before allowing a late goal and losing, 3-2.
Robbie Czarnik and Matt Rust scored four minutes apart in the third period for the Wolverines, now 2-2-0 on the season.
"I thought we skated harder (in the third period)," UM head coach Red Berenson said. "I thought we competed better. We moved the puck better. We played with a little more confidence with the puck. We were playing evened up more -- a lot of four-on-four and five-on-five hockey. It wasn't so much about special teams. I thought we started to carry the play."
Joe Pereira stole the puck from Michigan goalie Bryan Hogan and stuffed home a wraparound at the 17:29 mark of the third period and the defending national champion Terriers held on the rest of the way.
Hogan finished with 19 saves in a game marked by intense physical play.
"When you're playing a game like this, it's always going to be physical," Rust said. "I think from the drop of the puck until the end of the game, when you got the puck, you got ready to get hit. It definitely played a role. Our team needed to do more of it. I think we got out-hit early in the game, the first two periods in particular. In the third period, we tried to play more physical and get the puck lower and we ended up getting more chances. I think that's a learning experience for us and we have to take that into our next series."
Michigan travels to Sault Ste. Marie next weekend to face Lake Superior State in CCHA action. Faceoff for both games is set for 7:05 p.m.