Michigan Pushes No. 15 Cornell to Limit, Falls Short in OT

ANN ARBOR, Mich.-- A goal with 25 seconds left in regulation from freshman Ian King(Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) sent the contest into overtime, but a tally from Cornell's Matt Donovan with 1:41 left in overtime lifted the No. 15 Big Red to a 15-14 victory over Michigan on Saturday (March 1) at Oosterbaan Field House.

Sophomore Kyle Jackson (Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill Academy) led U-M with four goals, while classmate Peter Kraus (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) scored a trio in the defeat.

After Michigan (2-3) jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, Cornell (3-0) rattled off four unanswered scores en route to a 9-8 lead into the half. The opening half featured 23 shots for U-M and 17 for the Big Red. Jackson led U-M with three scores in the first half.

The Big Red led by as many as three scores in the second half, a lead that was achieved at the 10:05 mark of the third on a John Hogan score. U-M fought back with scores from Doug Bryant (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) and Kraus to cut the lead to 12-11. Kraus then netted his third score of the day at the 4:17 mark of the fourth to knot the contest for the first time since the first quarter, as he ripped a hands-free righthanded shot from the left wing to even the score at 13.

Cornell retook the lead with 2:36 left in regulation, but senior longstick Dakota Sherman (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) drew a penalty with 55 seconds left on a clear attempt to give U-M the man advantage and the ensuing game-tying goal from King on a righty rip from the left wing with 25 ticks left.

Sophomore Brad Lott (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) won the initial faceoff to begin OT, but following a U-M turnover, Cornell controlled possession the remainder of the game until Donovan rolled from X and beat U-M goalie Robbie Zonino (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) to end the contest.

Lott went 18 of 33 overall against the nation's No. 2 faceoff man, Cornell's Doug Tesoriero. Michigan also excelled in clears, going 21 of 22.

U-M was penalized five times for six man-up opportunities. Cornell converted on three of the six, and the Wolverines were 4 of 8 on extra-man opportunities, with King responsible for a pair of goals.

The Wolverines will depart for their annual Spring Break trip, beginning with a contest at High Point on Wednesday (March. 5) at 7:00 p.m. The match-up against the Panthers will be followed by a tilt against first-year program Furman on Saturday (March 8) in Greenville, S.C. at 1:00 p.m.


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