No. 1 Michigan Shuts Down No. 2 Colorado St.

The Wolverines will be back in action at home on Saturday, April 2 at 7:00 pm EST against #3 Arizona State at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Ann Arbor, MICH – The #2 Colorado State Rams fell behind 4-0 and never got on track against a strong and focused #1 Michigan Wolverines squad on Friday night at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor. The Rams were outplayed by Michigan throughout the contest and unable to dig out of the early hole as they lost their first game of the season 11-3.

Michigan struck quickly in the first, getting three consecutive goals from attackman Thomas Paras and a man-up goal to jump out to a 4-0 lead with just over three minutes left in the first quarter. CSU finally got on the board to make it 4-1 at the quarter break, but Michigan dominated play in the second quarter, including two goals in the final minute of the half to take a 7-1 lead at intermission.

“I was a little disappointed in our fight early on,” said Colorado State head coach Alex Smith. “We just were losing a lot of the little battles and making too many unforced errors to compete. I felt like certain looks were there for us, but our shooting wasn't good enough and we didn't make the most of our opportunities.”

CSU struggled on the man-up, going scoreless in its three opportunities while Michigan converted on two of their six chances.

“Against a team like Michigan, they are going to take advantage of every mistake that you make,” said Smith. “We made far too many errors and they capitalized every time we juggled a pass or were a little late on a slide. They are a good team and we didn't deserve much more than we got. It's disappointing, but at the same time, it's only one game and we have an opportunity tomorrow to salvage the road trip and get a little better.”

Paras' three goals was good for a game-high and Joseph Hrusovsky accounted for four points to lead Michigan. Colorado State got three different goal scorers in Alex Devlin, Austin Fisher and Cooper Kehoe.

Michigan got solid play from both goaltenders as starter Mark Stone registered six saves in the first half before giving way to Andrew Fowler in the second. Fowler had seven saves and two goals against in his thirty minutes of work. Colorado State also used two goalies as starter Andy Flax recorded five saves in the first half and Koltin Fatzinger registered four in the second.

Next up for CSU is a date against No. 8 Michigan State on Saturday evening in Farmington, MI. The game will be webcast on CSU defeated MSU 13-7 in Fort Collins last year and will need a strong defensive effort to stave off the upset bid.

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