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Niagara can't stay with No. 5 Michigan

ANN ARBOR -- They enjoyed a good first period and made a game of it again in the second but the Niagara Purple Eagles didn't have enough firepower to pull off the men's hockey upset.

Giving up two goals in the third period, Niagara dropped a 4-2 decision at No. 5 Michigan.

"They just started to wear us down and a couple of their big, marquee guys made big plays to put us away," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "We just didn't make enough plays on the power play."

With the score tied, 2-2, Louie Caporusso scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 5:21 of the third period to help give the Wolverines (4-1-0) the win.

The Purple Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first period when freshman Dan Baco scored at 14:48.

"We started finding seams and getting pucks out and moving our feet on the breakout," Burkholder said of the first period. "We were dumping in and getting after it on the forecheck. At times we were getting in ahead of their 'D' and getting plays off the cycle. It was just a lot of blue collar hockey.

"Michigan responded and started getting us on the rush. They're a very good team that played very well in the third."

In the second, Michigan tied the game on a power-play goal by Aaron Palushaj at 13:26.

Two and a half minutes later, the Wolverines took a 2-1 lead on an even-strength goal by Caporusso.

Niagara tied the game before the intermission when freshman Brian Dowd scored on the power play with just 1:29 left in the second.

Caporusso gave Michigan the lead early in the third and Palushaj added some insurance with 41 seconds left.

The Wolverines outshot Niagara, 18-4, in the third period and held a 40-25 advantage for the game.

Juliano Pagliero recorded 36 saves while Sam Goodwin picked up assists on both Niagara goals

The Purple Eagles return to Dwyer Arena to host Merrimack at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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