Jan. 23, 2014
Site: Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
Score: #14 Michigan 2, Michigan State 1
Records: U-M (11-6-2, 3-2-0-0 Big Ten), MSU (8-11-3, 2-3-2-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 24 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 6:30 p.m.
DETROIT, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No.14 USCHO.com, No. 14 USA Today) earned a 2-1 win over the Michigan State Spartans with a late third-period go-ahead goal on Thursday night (Jan. 23) at Joe Louis Arena.
Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) scored the game-winner -- his first goal in eight contests -- at 17:42 of the third period to help Michigan snap a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) and give the team its first Big Ten victory since Dec. 2 at Ohio State (5-4).
Freshman defenseman Nolan De Jong (Victoria, B.C.) threw a shot on net, and Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) crashed the net for the rebound. Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand (34 saves) made the initial stop, but Di Giuseppe was there for another two shots on net. Di Giuseppe scored on the second attempt, flipping his own rebound over Hildebrand and into the net.
Copp extended his point streak to four games (2G, 2A) with an assist on the play.
Michigan played solid defense in the final moments of the contest, as Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made the last two of his 32 saves in the last minute of play to help the Wolverines earn the win.
Freshman JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) provided the other goal -- at 11:36 of the second period -- for his seventh tally of the season. Michigan now improves its record to 146-126-9 overall against the Spartans.
The Wolverines and the Spartans traded scoring opportunities the first period -- matched up with 10 shots on goal apiece -- but neither team capitalized until midway through the second period.
Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) brought the puck down the right side of the ice, before Compher got his stick on it near the goal line. He took a shot, the puck rebounded, and Compher recovered it and sent it home, beating Hildebrand over his left leg.
The two teams remained scoreless for the remainder of the second stanza.
The Spartans scored the equalizer at 6:04 of the third period when MSU's Joe Cox's shot from the slot deflected off the leg of Michael Ferrantino, floating in past Nagelvoort.
Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) stopped 32-of-33 shots, while MSU's Hildebrand turned aside 34-of-36.
The Wolverines and the Spartans continue their series tomorrow evening (Friday, Nov. 24) at Michigan State's Munn Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 6:30 p.m.
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