Greenville, S.C. – A two-goal third period proved to be the difference, as Michigan outlasted Furman, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon inside Paladin Stadium. The win moves the Wolverines to 6-1 on the year, while the loss drops the Paladins to 1-5.
Lou Yovino led Furman offensively with two goals, while Finn Barry had two total points (1 G, 1 A). Alec Van de Bovenkamp picked up the loss while playing a solid game, allowing just seven goals on 40 shots with 13 saves. Joe Stone led Furman with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Michigan opened the game with 13 shots, including a nearly four-minute possession, before netted its first goal of the game at the 5:03 mark. Furman rallied to tie the game at one as Stephen Wierzbicki found Yovino for his tenth goal of the year. The Paladins took a one-goal lead on a score by Jonah Moore with 39 seconds left in the quarter, before Michigan tied the game at two on a falling-down desperation shot with five seconds to go.
The Paladins regained the lead at the 10:05 mark of the second quarter as Barry found David Williamson following a Michigan turnover for his sixth goal of the season. Michigan tied the game at three with 6:39 to go in the half, before Zach Scott found a cutting Yovino who nailed his second goal of the day to give Furman a 4-3 lead heading into the halftime locker rooms.
The third quarter proved costly for the Paladins, who couldn't capitalize on seven shots in the period, while Michigan rallied for two goals to take a one-goal advantage.
The Paladins opened the fourth period with a man-up goal following a quarter-ending penalty on Michigan to tie the game at five, before the Wolverines regained the one-goal lead with 13:07 to go. The Paladins had two great shots with chances to tie in the fourth, but Michigan's Tommy Heidt made two clutch saves to keep the Paladins off the board. Mikie Schlosser scored with under a minute remaining to give Michigan the two-goal advantage and 7-5 victory.
The Wolverines were lead on offense by PJ Bogle with three goals, while Ian King added two assists. Heidt allowed just five goals while making 12 saves. The Wolverines out-shot the Paladins 40-30, including 17 shots in the first period.
Furman faces a quick turnaround, traveling to State College, Pa., for a 12:00 p.m. contest against ranked opponent Penn State on Tuesday, March 7.