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Soo survives Michigan comeback, wins 5-4

Pullar Stadium     Wed, Nov 20, 2013

The Michigan Warriors tried their best to erase a three-goal deficit, but the Soo Eagles would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 5-4.

Soo made the score 4-1 on a goal by Jacob McDowell at 1:24 in the third period, and Michigan got as close as 4-3 when Zack Szajner scored 8:53 into the third period.

The Eagles were led by Bruno Birzitis, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Birzitis scored on the power play 12:43 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Soo. Soo had gained a power play chance when Jake Faiella was whistled for high sticking. Derek Lodermeier assisted on the tally.

The the Eagles penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled six minors and two majors for 32 minutes in penalty time. Soo had been averaging 18.0 minutes in penalties per game. The Eagles surpassed their usual scoring output this season. This season, Soo averages 2.1 goals per contest. With 35 shots on target during the contest, the Eagles exceeded the 23.6 shots they average per game this year.

Soo also got points from Mike Sabatini, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Lodermeier, who also had one goal and one assist, and Denver Pierce, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Soo were Ryan Urso, who had two and Sandis Zolmanis, Chase Matson, and Matthew Montemurro, who contributed one a piece.

The Warriors racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with six minors and three majors for 37 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 19.0 minutes per game Michigan had been spending in the box. The 31 shots that the Warriors put on net surpassed Michigan's average of 28.0 shots per game this season.

Michigan also had goals scored by Cody Kuster and Jake Hopfner, who each put in one. In addition, Michigan received assists from Connor Lyons, who had two and Mitchell Wedding, John Nugent, Jon Farkas, and Joshua Shellman, who each chipped in one.

Paige Skoog made 27 saves for Soo on 31 shots. The Eagles registered two goals on six power play opportunities. Dillion Kelley recorded 30 saves for the Warriors. Michigan registered one goal on five power play opportunities. For the Warriors, Colin Larkin was ejected from the game.