U-M Surrenders Third-Period Lead in Loss at No. 11 BU
Zach Werenski

Oct. 25, 2014

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Site: Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)
Score: #11 Boston University 3, #14 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (2-3-0), BU (3-0-0)
Attendance: 5,846
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 31 -- at Michigan Tech (Houghton, Mich.), 7 p.m.

BOSTON, Mass. -- Sophomore Alex Kile and freshman Zach Werenski both scored power-play goals, but the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 14 USA Today, No. 14 USCHO) surrendered two disputed goals in the third period to Boston University (No. 11 USA Today, No. 12 USCHO), and the Terriers earned a 3-2 win on Saturday night (Oct. 25) at Agganis Arena.

Freshman forward Dylan Larkin added two assists, and sophomore goaltender Zach Nagelvoort made 31 saves in net for the Wolverines, who outshot the Terriers, 40-34, for the night.

With Michigan leading 2-1 entering the final period of play, BU's Jack Eichel scored early on an inadvertent deflection in front of the net to tie the game, as Doyle Somerby's shot tipped off Eichel's stick between Nagelvoort's pads an in at 2:29. The play was reviewed as Eichel's stick was at shoulder level, but the goal stood as called.

That goal set up a back-and-forth third period that featured great chances for both teams. It appeared that Michigan regained the lead at 11:43, when freshman Sam Piazza fired a shot through traffic off the inside of the post and in. But officials ruled that Dexter Dancs had impeded the path of BU goaltender Matt O'Connor (38 saves), and the game remained tied.

BU scored the game-winner at 16:50, when Matt Lane deflected a shoulder-level shot past Nagelvoort at 16:50. That play was also reviewed, and the goal was confirmed.

Michigan took an early lead thanks to its resurgent power play, as Zach Werenski scored his second of the season after some beautiful puck movement from his unit. Larkin fed Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves up top with a diagonal pass, and Nieves quickly found Werenski on the opposite side. Werenski's point drive beat O'Connor to put the Wolverines up 1-0 at 8:07.

Nagelvoort made several outstanding stops to keep the Wolverines ahead after one period of play; his best a sprawling pad save on Evan Rodrigues at the 17:00 mark.

Just 34 seconds into the second period, the Terriers tied the game, as Ahti Oksanen cleaned up a rebound in front of the net off an initial shot by Danny O'Regan.

The Wolverines then converted again on the man-advantage to regain the lead, as Kile notched his third goal of the season at 8:33. Kile took a pass in tight, cut to his backhand and flipped the puck into the top corner.

Nagelvoort came up with another big stop with 4.3 seconds remaining in the second period, covering Lane's jam attempt to keep Michigan ahead heading into the third period.

Michigan finished the night 2-for-5 on the man-advantage while holding BU scoreless on two first-period power-play chances.

The Wolverines will hit the road again next weekend for two games against Michigan Tech in Houghton, Mich., beginning with a Friday night (Oct. 31) contest at 7 p.m.

Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423


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