Jan. 7, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #13 Michigan 2, Lake Superior State 2 (LSSU wins shootout, 2-1)
Record: U-M (12-8-4, 6-6-4-1 CCHA), LSSU (12-9-3, 7-7-2-2 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 13 -- vs. Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 16 USCHO/No. 13 USA Today/USA Hockey) tied the Lake Superior State Lakers (No. 18 USCHO/NR USA Today/USA Hockey) on Saturday night (Jan. 7) but ultimately fell to LSSU in a shootout -- 2-1 in five shooters -- after an overtime period failed to decide a victory inside Yost Ice Arena.
The match provided a test for goalie Adam Janecyk (Ada, Mich.), who turned aside 34-of-36 shots on goal in regulation and overtime in his first career start with the Wolverines. David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) and Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario) were responsible for both of Michigan's goals, which placed them in a tie for the team lead with 10 goals each.
The teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first 20 minutes of the game, as Janecyk stopped all 13 shots he faced in the period, including five on an LSSU power play, which came less than two minutes into the contest.
The second period was quiet, save for two back-to-back power plays for the Maize and Blue, until 14:40 of the stanza when a shot from Wohlberg ricocheted off an LSSU defender's foot and into the Lakers' net. The goal marked Wohlberg's 10th of the season, and 50th of his Michigan career. Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.), who garnered an assist along with Guptill, leads the team with 16 assists.
The Wolverine lead lasted less than four minutes as Lake Superior's Ben Power knotted the score at 1-1 at the 18:19 mark of the second, but Michigan retaliated 13 seconds later when Guptill, off feeds from Wohlberg and Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas), backhanded the puck off an LSSU defenseman and into the right side of the net from near the left faceoff circle to bring the score to 2-1.
At 2:58 of the third period, Buddy Robinson snapped the puck right over Janecyk's right shoulder to knot up the score at 2-2, where it stayed for the rest of the frame. When an overtime period failed to produce a winner, the two teams entered a shootout match, which resulted in a Laker win.
Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) scored the lone shootout goal for the Wolverines when he beat Kevin Kapalka on the right side of the net to begin the shootout. With U-M needing a save to clinch the shootout triumph, LSSU's Domenic Monardo just pushed one over the line on a left-to-right move. After two unsuccessful shots in round four and a Michigan miss to begin round five, the visiting team's Nick McParland clinched the 2-1 shootout win with a wrister stick-side.
The Wolverines travel to Columbus, Ohio, next Friday (Jan. 13) to face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes, currently ranked No. 1, at 7:35 p.m inside Value City Arena. Michigan and Ohio State will then face off on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 5:05 p.m. in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Friday's game will be televised by the Big Ten Network while Sunday's game will be shown on Fox Sports Plus.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423