U-M Rides Third-Period Flurry to Sweep of Spartans
JT Compher (L) and Kevin Clare

Jan. 24, 2014

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Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Munn Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan 5, Michigan State 2
Records: U-M (12-6-2, 4-2-0-0 Big Ten), MSU (8-12-3, 2-4-2-2 Big Ten)
Attendance: 6,531
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 31 -- vs. Wisconsin (Yost Ice Arena), 6:30 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) had two goals and two assists, and Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) also scored twice to lead the 14th-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team to a 5-2 road win over Michigan State at Munn Ice Arena. The win is Michigan's first at Munn since March 13, 2010, snapping U-M's four-game winless streak (0-2-2) on Michigan State's home ice.

The Wolverines scored three third-period goals to put the Spartans away after the teams entered the third period tied at 2-2.

DeBlois started the run with his second goal of the game, deflecting a shot by Brennan Serville (Pickering, Ontario) past Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand at 5:23 of the third period to put Michigan up 3-2.

Just 51 seconds later, Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) took a diagonal pass from Justin Selman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.),cut to his forehand and jammed the puck into an open net on partial breakaway at 6:14.

Compher sealed the win for the Wolverines with his third shorthanded goal of the season, finishing a 2-on-1 off a feed from Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) at 13:54. With the assist, Copp extended his season-high point streak to five games.

For the game, Michigan outshot Michigan State, 42-32, including an 18-8 advantage in the third period. Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 30 saves to improve to 8-5-1 on the season in net.

The Spartans took an early lead on the first power-play opportunity of the night for either team. Travis Walsh hit Tanner Sorenson with a cross-ice pass, and Sorenson's one timer beat Nagelvoort at 17:29 to put Michigan State ahead, 1-0, snapping Michigan's streak of three straight games without allowing a power-play goal.

Michigan responded quickly in the final seconds of the period. Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) hit Compher with a backhand pass in the neutral zone, springing the freshman on a partial breakaway down the left wing. Compher scooped a backhander past Jake Hildebrand on the short side with just six seconds remaining in the period to tie the game at 1-1.

U-M outshot MSU, 15-7, in the opening period. The Maize and Blue had a number of quality scoring chances in the frame, starting with a breakaway in the opening minutes for Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.), who took a stretch pass and had his shot kicked away at 1:57.

Michigan took its first lead of the game on a heads up play by DeBlois. At the end of a shift, DeBlois stayed on the ice to corral a loose puck on the half boards, throwing a quick shot on net. The puck bounced off the ice in front of Hildebrand and into the net at 5:09 to give Michigan the lead.

The 2-1 advantage was short lived, as the Spartans capitalized with a second power-play goal on their second man-advantage of the night. With Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) in the penalty box for tripping, Michael Ferrantino jammed a rebound past Nagelvoort at 7:19 to tie the game at 2-2.

Michigan will continue Big Ten conference play next Friday (Jan. 31) with a 6:30 p.m. contest against Wisconsin at Yost Ice Arena.

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