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Posted on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 11:33 p.m.

Michigan hockey team's losing streak at 3 games after Northeastern's 4-1 win

By Staff

The Michigan hockey team continued its struggles on Friday night, losing its third straight game and extending its winless streak to five with a 4-1 loss to Northeastern.

Sophomore Cody Ferriero scored twice for Northeastern in front of a sellout crowd of 6,637 at Yost Ice Arena, once in the final minute of the second period and again early in the third for a 3-1 lead.

The Huskies, who started the season 1-8-2, are now on their first three-game winning streak since the 2009-10 season.

Is the Wolverines’ biggest problem on offense? Is it on defense? It’s both, says coach Red Berenson.

"I think we need to play, I would say grittier. We need to play better defensively and we need to play better offensively,” Berenson told

“You can't win games when you score one goal, but you can't win games when you give up six. There is a fine line between offense and defense, but in the meantime when goals are tough to come by, you have to play that game and you have to play it like your life depends on it defensively."

Michigan (7-6-2) did keep Northeastern (4-7-2) off the scoreboard until the 5:04 mark of the second period of the non-conference game.

That’s when a power play goal by the Huskies’ Steve Qualler wiped out the 1-0 lead Travis Lynch had given the Wolverines midway through the first period.

Michigan outshot Northeastern 12-5 in the third period, but the Huskies’ Ferriero and Braden Pimm scored the only goals. The Wolverines finished with a 34-22 shots advantage.