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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Live Blog: Michigan/RPI

Karl Henkel/At the GLI

WELCOME: Sorry I'm late, and I can assure you I was not busy stuffing my face with pizza. Pictures may be hard to get this time around (more photogs), the updates will be brief (press box internet failed) and I have no idea how to correctly spell the 'R' name in RPI.

NOTE: I have postgame video from MSU/MTU ... will get it up as soon as I can.

2:01: RPI gets the early man advantage and makes Michigan pay. Chase Polacek chops a shot past UM goalie Bryan Hogan that gives Rensselaer a 1-0 lead.

5:00: RPI's John Kennedy gets a pair for tripping and Michigan has a shot to even the score early. UM is outshooting RPI 4-1.

6:00: Allen York is standing on his head for Rensselaer, already making a handful of stops from point-blank range.

10:00: Midway through the frame, the shots are 8-2 in favor of Michigan, but Rensselaer has made the most of their minimal chances.

12:22: After a flurry of chances in front of York, Michigan's Brian Lebler gets tagged for a hooking penalty.

14:30: Rensselaer can't convert on its second power-play opportunity. In fact, the Engineers didn't even register a shot on goal. Michigan is still in complete control of the period.

18:50: It's another huge save for York, this time on Michigan's Lindsay Sparks from the right circle.

19:38: Matt Rust heads off to the sin bin for tripping. It's Rensselaer's third man advantage of the period.

19:53: ... and it's also Rensselaer's second goal with the man advantage this period. Polacek picks up his second of the night and 14th of the season.

End of period: Michigan is dominating RPI in shots on goal. 15-3. It doesn't mean squat as Rensselaer holds a 2-0 lead.

Second period

2:20: Michigan dominating play as usual.

6:50: Michigan with chances shorthanded. RPI gets called for a trip.

10:00: UM is on a power play and is still scoreless despite 22 shots on York.

13:26: The Wolverines finally put one on the board, courtesy of David Wohlberg.

17:00: RPI does it again. Five shots, three goals. That prompted a classic response from a Michigan fan behind me: "Do we have Magglio Ordonez in net?"

End of period: Michigan has to be kicking itself after squandering so many good scoring opportunities to this point. The shot differential has been mentioned before, and will certainly be mentioned again: UM 25, RPI 9. All things aside, Michigan is still very capable of pulling out a victory.

Third period

0:00: Shawn Hunwick now in net for Michigan. Hogan departs after allowing three goals on nine shots.

2:08: Two penalties by RPI gives Michigan a five-on-three advantage for a full two minutes.

2:57: Chad Langlais hit the post, but Carl Hagelin put home a rebound to pull the Wolverines within a goal. York is being assisted by a trainer.

5:00: RPI kills off the remainder of the second penalty, then Kennedy immediately heads off on a roughing call. Michigan is on its sixth power play.

9:04: Things have settled down in terms of penalties and power plays. RPI is clinging to a 3-2 lead and has mustered one chance this period.

12:04: Kevin Lynch roofs a shot past York from in close to knot the game at 3. Rensselaer calls a time out; the Engineers are reeling.

12:50: Speaking of roofing shots, RPI's Marty O'Grady silences the Michigan faithful by firing a shot top-shelf from a near-impossible goal-line angle. It's just the third shot for the Engineers and it appears Seth Appert's time out worked.

14:39: Langlais is tripped trying his best Pavel Bure impression, setting up Michigan's seventh power play.

15:45: RPI is getting physical on the penalty kill, as Kennedy levels A.J. Treais.

17:17: After Hunwick loses his stick on a long shot attempt, Michigan comes back and draws a penalty on RPI's Kennedy (boarding).

End of game: RPI wins, 4-3, and will play MSU tomorrow night.

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