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Michigan hockey falls in season opener against RIT in overtime

The No. 3 Michigan Wolverines men's hockey team lost their season opener to the Rochester Institute of Technology in an overtime game on Thursday night, 5-4.

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The University of Michigan men's hockey team entered the season with the No. 3 ranking in the USCHO and USA Today polls, but they suffered an overtime defeat at the hands of the Rochester Institute of Technology in their season opener. The 5-4 loss started out well enough for Michigan as they built a 3-1 lead in the first period, but things quickly became unhinged after that fast beginning.

RIT dropped in three goals during the third period and the Wolverines only added one more to their total, and then just 14 seconds into the overtime period, RIT's Adam Hartley slapped in the winning goal. RIT goalie Josh Watson saved 40 of 44 shots on the night, but Michigan thrived in the power play and converted goals on two of seven opportunities. Meanwhile, RIT only managed 26 shots on the evening and went 0-for-5 on power plays, but they maximized their shot attempts and potted five goals.

The rematch between Michigan and RIT takes place on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. ET at the Yost Ice Arena.