U-M Unable to Hang On to Third-Period Lead against No. 3 Miami
Lindsay Sparks

Oct. 27, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #3 Miami 4, #6 Michigan 3,
Records: U-M (3-2-0, 1-1-0-0 CCHA), Miami (4-1-1, 1-1-0-0 CCHA)
Attendance: 4,701
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 2 -- vs. Northern Michigan (Marquette, Mich.), 7:35 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After giving up three goals in the final frame, the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 6 USA Today/No. 6 USCHO) fell to Miami (No. 3 USA Today/No. 3 USCHO), 4-3, on Friday night (Oct. 27) to split the weekend series with the RedHawks at Yost Ice Arena.

The Wolverines went into the third period with a 2-1 lead, but three successive Miami goals only minutes apart proved to be too difficult a deficit to overcome. The Maize and Blue managed to shrink Miami's lead to 4-3 late in the third stanza, but the effort was not enough to force the game into extra minutes.

The RedHawks got on the board less than five minutes into the first period after Riley Barber charged down the ice and wristed the puck into the net. The score remained in Miami's favor until 16:27, when Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) sent the puck from the left faceoff circle to Travis Lynch (White Lake, Mich.), who flipped the puck into the right corner of the net on his own rebound to knot up the score.

The Wolverines broke the tie halfway through the second frame after Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) took the puck down the ice and passed it to a waiting Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario), who one-timed it into the net past Miami's goaltender. The score sat at 2-1 for the remainder of the period.

Miami scored at 3:48 of the period and again at 6:11 to take a 3-2 lead. Less than 20 seconds after the go-ahead goal, the RedHawks tallied another marker for a two-goal advantage. The score remained 4-2, until Lindsay Sparks (Oakville, Ontario) picked up a rebound and snapped it in to shrink Miami's lead to one with less than two minutes remaining in the matchup.

The Wolverines staged an aggressive comeback attempt with the remaining two minutes, but the late-period effort was not enough to surpass Miami.

Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill) saved 31-of-35 shots faced in the loss, and Miami's Jay Williams turned aside 37-of-40.

The Wolverines will hit the road for a weekend matchup with CCHA rival Northern Michigan for a two-game series starting on Friday night (Nov. 2) at NMU's Berry Events Center. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m.

Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423

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