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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Michigan stifled on road at Miami

By Bob Miller/Michigan Beat Writer

Michigan headed into traditionally dangerous territory this weekend, traveling to Oxford, Ohio, to face the struggling Miami RedHawks.

Following the script that has played out for the Wolverines in the recent past on trips to Miami, the RedHawks dominated, taking five of six points in the standing that were at stake in the weekend series.

Miami edged Michigan, 2-1, in Friday's opening game and then won the shootout following overtime Saturday to top the Wolverines after a 3-3 tie in regulation.

Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick did all he could to keep Michigan in the game Friday night, stopping 27 of 29 Miami shots. Only Luke Glendening's goal at 7:39 in the third period kept the Wolverines from the shutout and set up a close finish.

Close finishes were the order of the weekend.

On Saturday night, Michigan vaulted to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Chris Brownand Phil Di Giuseppe.

Miami relentlessly chipped away at the lead, tying the game and then taking the lead in a two-minute period early in the third period.

Wolverine freshman forward Zach Hyman pulled Michigan even at 16:06 of the third period before the teams played a scoreless five-minute overtime period. It took four rounds of the shootout tries for a goal to be scored with Miami turning the trick to win the extra point in the standing with the shootout win.

Of Saturday's tie, Michigan head coach Red Berensonsaid, "I thought our team played really well in the first period. It was probably our best period of the weekend and then we couldn't sustain that. We got outplayed, outshot, outchanced in the second period. And then we were fortunate to get back in the game."

Michigan returns home for a weekend matchup with surging Ohio State at Yost Ice Arena Friday and Saturday.

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