ATLANTA, Ga. -- Peter DeJonge (So, East Grand Rapids, Mich.) finished a hat-trick with 39 seconds left in overtime to give the No. 8 University of Michigan Wolverines a 12-11 OT win against No. 10 University of Oregon for ninth place at the 2011 Men's National Collegiate Club Championship hosted by Georgia Tech University.
Leading 10-8 with 2:01 remaining in regulation, the Wolverines failed to defend their lead as Oregon's Harrison Tingler (So., Newport Beach, Calif.) tallied a five-meter penalty shot at 1:40 and Colton Saunders (Fr., Newberg, Ore.) tossed in the equalizer with 48 seconds on the clock to tie the game and bring on two three-minutes periods of overtime.
Following a scoreless first overtime period marked by four ejections, the Wolverines went back in front with 2:27 left when Chris Takahashi (So., Los Angeles, Calif.) zipped a shot into the left side of the cage for an 11-10 lead. Oregon responded with 58 seconds left in OT frame with a blast by Wes Prater (Jr., Chico, Calif.), but Michigan took advantage of a defensive lapse by the Ducks as DeJonge juked, drove and shot with 39 ticks left on the scoreboard clock to register the game-winner.
A three-time National Champion with titles in 1996 (vs. University of Arizona), 1998 (vs. Pennsylvania State University) and 2003 (vs. California Polytechnic State University), the Wolverines finish marks the program's highwater mark since last qualifying for the National Collegiate Club Championship in 2004.
On the other side of the tank, Oregon continues a string a Top 10 finishes at Nationals as the Ducks placed ninth (2009), sixth (2008), eighth (2005, 2004) and 10th (2007) and add another 10th place mark to the string of success.
In a game during which neither team led by more than two goals, the Wolverines managed to pull out the win thanks in part to drawing 15 ejections against Oregon.
Keeping the Ducks a man down for a chunk of the contest, the Wolverines cashed in on five of their man-up chances. Oregon nearly matched the totals as the Green & Yellow converted on six-of-12 advantage opportunities.
Neither program gained much traction in the first half of the game as the two clubs battled to a 5-5 halftime tie,
Action began to heat up in the third period as DeJonge contributed back-to-back goals at 5:36 and 4:23 to hand the Maize & Blue a 7-5 lead. Oregon trimmed its deficit to one prior to the expiration of the quarter as Prater pounced on a loose ball and popped a shot past Wolverines' goalie Ray Viviano (Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich.) with three seconds left in the period.
Michigan returned the lead to two at 8-6 29 seconds into the fourth period when Benjamin Hubbard (Sr., Ann Arbor, Mich.) crashed the cage with a tally. Oregon erased the lead over the next two minutes as Tingler tacked on a man-up goal at 5:09 and torched the Wolverines' defense for another marker at 4:18 to balance the scoreboard at eight-all.
The pattern of Michigan building a lead and Oregon disassembling it less than two minutes continued as Matthew Woelfel (Sr., East Grand Rapids, Mich.) converted on a five-meter penalty shot at 2:34 and Woelfel chipped in a man-up goal to go in front 10-8 and set-up the overtime conclusion.
For the Maize & Blue, DeJonge and Woelfel both contributed hat-tricks, while Takahashi and Hubbard netted pairs of goals, to account for five-sixths of the Wolverines' offensive output.
In cage, Viviano made 10 saves, including four in overtime, to keep his squad in the game and earn Player of the Game accolades.
Oregon's Tingler led all scorers with five goals, with Aaron Bishow (Jr., Eugene, Ore.), Prater and Saunders adding three, two and one markers, respectively, as the Ducks were held well under their season average of 16 goals per game.
Christian Broom (Fr., Redwood City, Calif.) took the loss for Oregon by making nine saves and allowing 12 goals over the 34 minutes of action.
|No. 8 University of Michigan
|No. 10 University of Oregon
Harrison Tingler (5); Aaron Bishow (3); Wes Prater (2); Colton
Peter DeJonge (3); Matthew Woelfel (3); Chris Takahashi (2);
Benjamin Hubbard (2); Kenichi Osawa; Levi Barry
Saves: Oregon - Christian Broom (9) ; Michigan - Ray Viviano (10)
Exclusions: Oregon - 15 ; Michigan - 12
Advantage Opportunities: Oregon - 6-for-12 ; Michigan - 5-for-15
Sprints: Oregon - 5-for-6 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th) ; Michigan - 1-for-6 (5th)
University of Michigan's Chris Takahashi attempts to pass over the University of Oregon's Christian Pebler