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Sunday, January 16, 2011

U-M earns weekend sweep over 'Dawgs

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

If there's one thing that hasn't hibernated this winter, it's the Wolverines' goal-scoring, as Michigan put together a 3-2 win over Ferris State on Friday night, complimented by a 6-1 decision to conclude the series.

Success though didn't come easy for the Wolverines, as they had to climb back from a 2-0 deficit following goals by the Bulldogs' Garrett Thompson and Chad Billins.

Michigan would then experience an offensive surge in the second period, lighting the lamp three times within a 13-minute span. Lee Moffie broke the scoring drought at 5:42 after finishing off Matt Rust's pass with a shot from the left circle.

A mere three minutes later, Brandon Burlon made it a tie game by scoring from the exact same spot.

With a little over a minute left in the frame, Carl Hagelin and Greg Pateryn helped set-up Chris Brown's game-winning goal against Ferris State netminder Pat Nagle.

Nagle recorded 37 saves in the loss, including 14 in the third period.

On the other side of the ice, Shawn Hunwick finished with 29 stops.

The Wolverines did not let up on Saturday night, as David Wohlberg, Hagelin and Moffie each scored within the first 20 minutes of the game.

Scooter Vaughan added a short-handed marker to make it a 4-0 game at 2:02 in the second, prompting Bulldogs' head coach Bob Daniels to replace Nagle with Taylor Nelson.

Any chance of Hunwick earning a shutout came to an end early in the third, as senior Mike Fillinger redirected classmate Brett Wysopal's shot from the top of the left circle. Also earning a helper on that play was defenseman Scott Wietecha.

Derek DeBlois increased Michigan's lead at the 12:48 mark, followed by a power-play goal from Wohlberg with under two minutes remaining.

Hunwick shied away 28 shots to improve to 8-4-4 as a starter.

Nelson accounted for 16 saves, followed by Nagle's 13.

The Wolverines (15-6-4 overall, 12-4-1 CCHA) play host to Alaska this weekend, with puck-drop scheduled for 7:35 pm in both contests.

In their only series this season, Ferris State (11-10-4 overall, 8-8-3-2 CCHA) travels to Marquette for a January 20-21 showdown against Northern Michigan.

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