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No. 2 Boston College Falls To No. 9 Michigan In Overtime, 4-3

BC's Matt Greene and Michigan's Aaron Palushaj battle for control of the puck in the Ice Breaker

BC's Matt Greene and Michigan's Aaron Palushaj battle for control of the puck in the Ice Breaker

Oct. 12, 2007

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St. Paul, Minn. - Forwards Benn Ferriero, Ben Smith and Joe Whitney each scored one goal and Dan Bertram recorded two third-period assists as No. 2 Boston College fell to No. 9 Michigan, 4-3, in overtime in the first round of the Ice Breaker Tournament at Xcel Energy Center.

Whitney and Ferriero each tallied third-period scores to rally BC from a two-goal deficit and tie the score at 3-3.

Whitney beat Wolverine goaltender Billy Sauer (19 saves) at 8:59 for his first collegiate score. Ferriero later tied it with 6:17 left in regulation, beating a Michigan defender to a loose puck deep in the zone and scoring on his backhand. Bertram and senior Brian O'Hanley tallied assists on the score.

Michigan's game-winning goal came halfway through the five-minute overtime session. BC's Dan Bertram's clearing attempt from inside the team's own goal crease ricocheted off Ferriero's body and into the goal. Ferriero was closing in on the BC net as the puck had been briefly tied up by goaltender John Muse.

Michigan freshman Louis Caporusso received credit for the overtime game-winning score.

Muse made 24 saves in his collegiate debut, including Aaron Palushaj's breakway attempt just minutes into the game.

Michigan (1-0-0) scored the first two goals of the game. Freshman Carl Hagelin scored at 10:20 of the first period and junior Travis Turnbull doubled the Wolverine lead midway through the second frame - at 9:39.

BC sophomore Ben Smith scored the team's first goal of the 2007-08 season with 4:03 left in the second period. Defenseman Tim Filangieri assisted on the score.

Michigan outshot BC, 28-22, including an 11-5 advantage in the first period. The Eagles and Wolverines totaled an even 17 shots during the final three sessions of play.

Both teams' penalty-killing units enjoyed success in the game. BC killed all six Michigan power plays while the Wolverines were successful on all three BC man-advantage opportunities.

The loss marks the Eagles first of the season and first in Ice Breaker competition. BC (0-1-0) had won both Ice Breaker Invitationals - in 1998 and in 2003 - that it competed in.

BC junior Brock Bradford was injured in the second period and did not return. He was under going further evaluation after the game.

Game Notes: BC played its first overtime since Feb. 12, 2007 - a 2-1 loss to Boston University in the Beanpot ... This afternoon's game marked the first collegiate contest for three BC players - goaltender John Muse, defenseman Nick Petrecki and forward Joe Whitney. Petrecki recorded his first collegiate point - an assist on Whitney's third-period goal ... The Ice Breaker tournament is utilizing a two-referee (and two linesmen) system for each game of the 2007 invitational ... Senior captain Mike Brennan played in his 125th straight contest ... Inside College Hockey announced its 2007-08 Preseason All-America teams and junior defenseman Brett Motherwell has earned second-team honors while forward Nathan Gerbe earned third-team recognition. INCH selects it All-America teams on a national basis, while the America Hockey Coaches Association chooses its teams on an East and West basis.

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