Wolverines Come Up Short to No. 13 Cornell in First Trip to MSG
Mac Bennett

Nov. 24, 2012

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Site: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
Score: #13 Cornell 5, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (5-7-1), Cornell (4-3-2)
Attendance: 18,200 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 30 -- at Ferris State (Big Rapids, Mich.), 7:05 p.m.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (NR USA Today/No. 19 USCHO) traveled to New York City on Saturday night (Nov. 24), dropping a 5-1 decision to No. 13 Cornell in a rematch of last year's NCAA Regional Semifinal. U-M allowed one first-period marker, two second-period goals and an early third-period score before getting on the board.

After a relatively uneventful first 15 minutes of the game, Cornell struck first when Joel Lowry slipped the puck five-hole past Michigan netminder Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.).

The Big Red opened up a 3-0 advantage in the second period, with goals from Teemu Tiitinen at 11:42 and Greg Miller at 14:25. Cornell notched another one 7:49 into the third period, when Erik Axell ripped a shot from the slot and beat Racine.

Michigan finally found a way to solve Cornell goaltender Andy Iles 9:25 into the third period. Junior defenseman Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) took a feed from his defense partner, Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.), and blasted a shot from the point to get Michigan on the board. Junior Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) picked up his fifth assist of the season on the goal.

Cornell closed out the scoring with its fifth goal of the game at 17:39 of the third period, when Miller scored his second goal of the game.

Racine made 18 saves in all while being saddled with his fourth loss of the season. Iles allowed one goal on 27 shots for the win.

The Wolverines return to action next Friday (Nov. 30) and Saturday (Dec. 1) when they will travel to Big Rapids for a two-game set with the Ferris State Bulldogs.

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