The Michigan Wolverines know when to step up their game when everything is on the line. Michigan ended their three-game losing streak to the Indiana Hoosiers in the semifinals and then won a hard fought game against the Hartwick Eagles 7-6 in the Western Division championship game.
Kiki Golden scored the game winner with 3:55 left in the game and it was her fourth goal of the afternoon which led all players. The Michigan defense held off any rally attempt by Hartwick for the win. With just 40 seconds left Michigan had the ball and let the shot clock run down which gave Hartwick only seven seconds to attempt a tie, but they were unable to get a shot off.
The game was extremely close throughout and the largest led was 3-1 by Michigan early in the first quarter, and once Hartwick tied the game at three goals in the early part of the third quarter neither team was able to get up by more than one goal. Hartwick was playing catchup throughout this game and never led one time, all they could do was tie the game on five different occasions.
With the win Michigan won their 11th straight divisino title, and are now the likely the No. 1 seed heading into the Eastern Championships in two weeks.
|First Place Game
Michigan Goals: Golden 4, Cobb 1, Nolan 1, Pratt 1
Michigan Saves: Adamson 8
Hartwick Goals: Zakirova 2, Bass 1, Dendy Young 1, Freeborn 1, Martinez 1
Hartwick Saves: Cox 10