Jan. 21, 2012
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
Score: #10 Michigan 2, #6 Notre Dame 1
Record: U-M (15-9-4, 9-7-4-1 CCHA), UND (14-9-3, 9-6-3-0 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 3 -- vs. Miami University (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 10 USCHO.com/No. 10 USA Today) potted two power-play goals on Saturday (Jan. 21) en route to earning a series split with a 2-1 win at Notre Dame (No. 7 USCHO.com/No. 6 USA Today) at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
Michigan struck first at the 11:36 mark of the opening frame on Alex Guptill's (Newmarket, Ontario) team-leading 14th tally of the season. An almost mirror image of Michigan's lone goal in last night's defeat, Guptill positioned himself in front of the Irish goaltender, Steven Summerhays, and redirected a point shot from Greg Pateryn (Sterling Heights, Mich.) for the second power-play goal in as many games for the freshman forward.
Guptill, who extended his career-high point streak to six games with the goal, claimed the team lead with four power-play tallies this season. He also ranks first among NCAA freshmen in overall goals (14) and points (26). Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) earned a tie for the team lead with his 17th assist of the campaign on the goal and now has eight points (3g, 5a) in his last six games.
The Wolverines opened up a two-goal advantage, on their second power-play marker of the game, with just 23 seconds remaining in the opening frame. A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) took a pass from rookie Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) and banged home his ninth goal of the season. With the goal, Treais tied his career-best goal total from a season ago and is tied for fourth on the team in markers this season.
The Irish closed the gap to one less than 90 seconds into the second period on Austin Wuthrich's sixth goal of the 2011-12 campaign, burying a one-timer from Anders Lee to cut the Wolverine lead in half.
That was all the offense that Michigan needed as goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) shut the door on the Irish, making 38 saves in all for his 15th win of the season.
The Wolverines finished the night 2-for-4 on the power play, while denying Notre Dame on all four of its man-advantage opportunities.
Michigan will enjoy a bye week next weekend before returning to action on Friday, Feb. 3, against Miami at Yost Ice Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423