January 22, 2010

Michigan Shutouts Eighth-Ranked Ferris State, 2-0

 

Michigan received a second-period two-goal effort from Luke Glendening while Bryan Hogan stopped all 22 shots on goal to help lead the Wolverines to a 2-0 decision over the eighth-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team this Friday (Jan. 22) night in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) action at UM's Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The loss drops Ferris State to 16-7-2 overall and 10-5-2-2 in the CCHA to date this season as the Bulldogs are midst a three-game losing skid after winning nine of their previous 10 contests.  Michigan extends its unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) as the Wolverines improve to 14-10-1 overall and 9-7-1-1 in league play.

In the opening period, neither team was able to get on the board although Ferris State had a prime opportunity to score as the Bulldogs received a five-on-three power-play advantage just under the eight-minute mark on two Wolverine penalties at the same whistle.  UM would conclude the first 20 minutes with a 15-8 shots on goal advantage as the Bulldogs spent lengthy stretches in their own zone.

Michigan would snap the scoreless tie in the second back as the Wolverines netted two consecutive goals, both by Luke Glendening.  His first tally came on a shot from inside the slot near the right circle into the far corner above the left shoulder of junior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) at the 3:43 mark.  Glendening would connect again at 8:19 in almost the same proximity as the first to give Michigan a 2-0 lead after two periods.  The Bulldogs had another solid scoring chance just over a minute later but junior left wing Mike Embach's (Orland Park, Ill.) shot from the near slot hit the left post.  The Wolverines would prevail in shots on goal by a 12-7 margin for the second frame.

All of the scoring would come in the second as neither team was able to tally a goal in the final 20 minutes of the contest.  Michigan would end the stanza with a nine-to-seven advantage for shots.

 The Wolverines concluded the series opener by recording a 36-to-22 lead in shots as Bulldog netminder Pat Nagle (7-5-1) turned away 34 shots, which included 15 in the first period.

Ferris State will seek to turn the tables on Michigan this Saturday (Jan. 23) evening as the team faceoff again in the finale of the CCHA weekend home-and-home series.  Opening faceoff is at 8:06 p.m. (EST)  for the CBS College Sports televised contest at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.  

Notes: FSU has been held scoreless in its last two Friday games, which started with a 4-0 home loss to nationally-ranked Miami (Ohio) a week ago (Jan. 15) . . . Ferris State has allowed a season-high 25 goals in the second period compared to a combined 27 in the first and third frames . . . The Bulldogs are now winless in their last seven appearances at Yost Ice Arena with the last FSU triumph occurring on Feb. 25, 2006, in a 4-3 overtime win . . .  Ferris is 2-14-0 all-time in the series for January matchups at Yost Ice Arena . . . The Bulldogs are 4-4-2 on the road this season compared to 11-2-0 at home.    

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