Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves
Jan. 19, 2013
Site: Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. (Taffy Abel Arena)
Score: Lake Superior 3, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (8-14-2, 5-11-2-2 CCHA), LSSU (13-12-1, 8-9-1-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 25 -- at Western Michigan (Kalamazoo, Mich.), 7:05 p.m.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team fell short of its first sweep of the season on Saturday (Jan. 19), dropping a 3-2 decision to the Lake Superior State Lakers at Taffy Abel Arena.
The Wolverines opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:19 of the opening frame to take an early 1-0 lead. With just two seconds remaining in the man advantage, freshman Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) buried his fourth goal of the season.
Kellan Lain countered for the Lakers late in the period to send the teams to the dressing rooms deadlocked at 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.
After a scoreless start to the second period, Michigan retook the lead thanks to A.J. Treais' (Bloomfield Hills) team-leading 11th goal of the season at the 11:09 mark. Sophomore Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) forced a turnover in the neutral zone to set up a 2-on-1 with Treais, who took the feed from Guptill and buried a one-timer to make it a 2-1 game in favor of the Wolverines.
It took just 3:11 for the Lakers to even things up once again thanks to Domenic Monardo's 11th goal of the season. The goal came on a Lake Superior power play with Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) in the box for elbowing.
Monardo netted his second goal of the game, 6:57 into the third period, to break the tie and give Lake Superior its first lead of the game at 3-2.
The Wolverines will be on the road again next week, traveling to Kalamazoo, Mich., for a pair of games against Western Michigan. Friday's (Jan. 25) 7:05 p.m. start will air on Comcast (channel 900 in Ann Arbor), while Saturday's (Jan. 26) 7:35 p.m. contest will be televised by Fox Sports Detroit.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423