Jan. 18, 2013
Site: Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. (Taffy Abel Arena)
Score: Michigan 6, Lake Superior 4
Records: U-M (8-13-2, 5-10-2-2 CCHA), LSSU (12-12-1, 7-9-1-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 18 -- vs. Lake Superior State (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), 7:05 p.m.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team began a four-game road swing with a 6-4 win tonight (Friday, Jan. 18) at Lake Superior State inside Taffy Abel Arena.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, Michigan continually countered the Lakers offense to come away with its first road victory of the season.
Michigan struck first, 8:38 into the game, when junior Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) buried his second goal of the season. Sophomore Andrew Sinelli (Dexter, Mich.) skated the puck into the offensive zone and found Moffatt streaking towards the net for the game's first goal.
Just 20 seconds later, Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) opened up a 2-0 advantage with his third goal of the season. DeBlois dug the puck out of a scramble in front of the net and slipped it past LSSU netminder Kevin Kapalka.
It took only 1:42 of play in the second period for the Lakers to cut the deficit in half thanks to Andrew Perrault's first goal of the season, as he floated a wrister from the point and past goaltender Adam Janecyk (Ada, Mich.).
U-M re-gained the two-goal advantage at the 3:10 mark of the first thanks to Moffatt's second goal of the game. Moffatt banged home a rebound from the top of the crease after a loose-puck scramble in front of net. Sinelli picked up his second assist of the night on the goal, giving him a career-high two points (2a) in the game.
The teams continued to trade goals though the second period, and with a 4-2 Michigan advantage, the Lakers were awarded a penalty shot after the officials ruled that defenseman Mike Chiasson (Henderson, Nev.) closed his hand on the puck in the crease. Leading scorer Domenic Monardo converted the shot for LSSU.
After the teams traded goals once again in the third period, Michigan salted away the victory with a empty-net goal off the stick of Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) to seal the 6-4 win.
Janecyk turned aside 29 shots in his third win of the season, while Kapalka allowed five goals on 45 shots.
Michigan and Lake Superior will wrap up the series on Saturday (Jan. 19) at 7:05 p.m.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423