Michigan Drops Series Finale at No. 14 Wisconsin
Andrew Copp

Jan. 11, 2014

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Site: Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
Score: #14 Wisconsin 3, #8 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (10-6-2, 2-2-0-0 Big Ten), U-W (13-6-1, 4-2-0-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 14,273
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 23 -- vs. Michigan State (Detroit, Mich.), 7 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) scored a power-play goal in the first period, but the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 9 USA Today, No. 8 USCHO) fell, 3-1, at Wisconsin (No. 14 USA Today, No. 14 USCHO) on Saturday (Jan. 11) inside the Kohl Center. The Badgers swept the Wolverines in the first Big Ten series between the two teams.

Michigan is 0-4-1 in its last five games after starting the season 10-2-1. Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 33 saves in net for the Wolverines, who were outshot 36-29 on the night. Joel Rumpel made 28 stops to earn the win in net for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin struck late in the first period to take the early period. Wisconsin maintained possession in the Michigan zone after its first-power play expired. A pass to the point gave Frankie Simonelli an open lane to shoot, and he beat Nagelvoort with a one-timer at 14:06.

Michigan responded on a late power play as Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) fed Andrew Copp(Ann Arbor, Mich.) with a cross-ice pass after a faceoff win. Copp fired a shot that deflected off Moffatt and inside the left post to tie the game at 1-1 at 17:44.

Wisconsin took the lead at 12:04, as Chase Drake collected a rebound off an initial shot by Morgan Zulinick and found an open net after Nagelvoort's outstanding stop on the first chance took him out of position.

Copp had Michigan's best chance to even the game with 8:06 to go in the third period, but his wrist shot from the right circle was gloved by Rumpel.

Wisconsin's Joseph Labate sealed the win for the Badgers, scoring on a breakaway with a shot under the arm of Nagelvoort at 18:01.

Michigan appeared to cut the lead to 3-2 in the final minute, but JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) had a goal waved off when it was ruled that a Michigan player was in the crease.

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