Michigan's Third-Period Rally at Ferris State Falls Short
Travis Lynch

Oct. 4, 2014

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Site: Big Rapids, Mich. (Ewigleben Ice Arena)
Score: #10 Ferris State 4, #7 Michigan 3
Records: U-M (0-1-0), Ferris State (1-0-0)
Attendance: 2,532
Next U-M Event: Monday, Oct. 6 -- vs. U.S. NTDP U-18 Team (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Travis Lynch (White Lake, Mich.) and Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) scored third-period goals, but the University of Michigan ice hockey team fell short in its rally from a three-goal deficit, as the Wolverines lost, 4-3, at Ferris State in their season opener Saturday (Oct. 4) at Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Sophomore forward Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) added a second-period goal, and sophomore goaltender Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 27 saves in net.

Ferris State's Chad McDonald had two goals, and goaltender CJ Motte made 34 saves for the Bulldogs, as the Wolverines held a 37-31 shot advantage for the night.

Trailing 4-1 at the start of the third period, Lynch gave the Wolverines momentum after a great shift by Michigan's fourth line. Freshman defenseman Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) made a great play at the blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Justin Selman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) fed cross-ice to Lynch, who found an open net with a one-timer at 3:45 to cut Ferris State's lead to 4-2.

Late in the third period, after a long shift in the Ferris State zone, Allen put in a rebound off a shot from Brennan Serville (Pickering, Ontario) at 15:09 to pull the Wolverines within a goal.

Michigan drew a late power play with 1:11 left to play, pulling Nagelvoort out of the net for a 6-on-4. But Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) was turned away by CJ Motte, who made an outstanding blocker save on Larkin's shot from the slot to help Ferris State earn the victory.

The Bulldogs got off to a quick start, scoring two goals in the first 1:03 of the game to send the home crowd into a frenzy. Ferris State scored on its first shot of the night, as the Bulldogs caught Michigan in a line change, sending Schempp in alone on a breakaway, beating Nagelvoort over the right pad at :27 of the first period.

Moments later, Chad McDonald deflected a long shot through Nagelvoort's pads at 1:03 to give Ferris State a 2-0 lead. The Wolverines settled into the game, evening the shot count with several quality scoring chances.

But Ferris took a 3-0 lead after a post-whistle scrum gave the Bulldogs their first power-play chance of the night. With Michigan pressing shorthanded, Ryan Lowney hit McDonald with a stretch pass for a breakaway, and McDonald beat Nagelvoort high to make it 3-0 at 15:53.

Motte scored at the :10 mark of the second period, bulling his way around the Ferris State defense and putting his own rebound past brother CJ to help Michigan settle into the game.

The Wolverines carried momentum into their first power play chance of the night at 18:10 of the second period, but McDonald finished off a shorthanded 2-on-1 at 18:56 to help Ferris State regain a three-goal lead heading into the third period.

Michigan finished 0-for-2 on the night on the man-advantage, while Ferris State finished the night 1-for-3.

U-M will host the U.S. NTDP U-18 Team in an exhibition contest at 7:35 p.m. on Monday night (Oct. 6 ) at Yost Ice Arena. [ Tickets ]

Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423


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