Jan. 12, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Alaska 4, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (7-13-2, 4-10-2-2 CCHA), Alaska (8-8-4, 6-7-3-1 CCHA)
Attendance: 5,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 18 -- vs. Lake Superior (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan dropped the second game of the CCHA weekend series against the University of Alaska Fairbanks by a score of 4-1 on Saturday night (Jan. 12) at Yost Ice Arena.
After reducing Alaska's lead to one in the middle frame, the Wolverines failed to keep the Nanooks at bay and were blanked in the final period. The matchup contained 15 penalties, with UAF responsible for eight and Michigan seven. Three of the goals scored were power-play goals, and Jacob Trouba's (Rochester, Mich.) lone tally -- also a power-play goal -- was his seventh marker of the season.
Alaska jumped out early with two power-play goals in the first period. The first marker came less than five minutes into the matchup. With 31 seconds remaining in the first frame, Alaska extended its lead on another power play.
U-M failed to convert any of its three opportunities with the man-advantage in the frame.
The Wolverines had five power-play opportunities in the middle stanza, four of which were consecutive and occurred no more than four minutes apart from one another. U-M capitalized on the man-advantage at 15:50 when Trouba sent home a laser from the point off a cross-ice pass from fellow blueliner Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.). Trouba's goal, his second in the series against Alaska, is a team-leading fifth power play goal this season. Merrill's assist marks his second point in as many games, and Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario), who chipped in with the other assist, is now 1-2-3 in the series against the Nanooks.
After a scoreless second frame for UAF, the Nanooks came back in the third and nailed two goals less than three minutes apart to cement the three-goal victory.
U-M managed to stave off a five-on-three disadvantage late in the final frame, but the lead established by Alaska proved too difficult to overcome.
Janecyk turned aside 24-of-28 shots in the matchup, while Alaska's John Keeney stopped 30-of-31.
The Wolverines will next travel to Sault Ste. Marie to face Lake Superior State University for a two-game CCHA series starting on Friday, Jan. 18. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m. at Taffy Abel Arena.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423