Jan. 24, 2014
Michigan improved to 147-126-19 in the all-time series against the Spartans. The Wolverines snapped a four-game winless streak at Munn Ice Arena (0-2-2) dating back to March 13, 2010, a 5-3 win in the CCHA Tournament.
U-M earned a weekend series sweep against Michigan State for the second consecutive season and has now won five of the last six games played between the two rivals.
Michigan finished the night 0-for-4 on the man-advantage and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill. Michigan had gone three straight games without allowing a power-play goal entering tonight's contest.
Freshman forward JT Compher set a new career high with four points (2G, 2A) on the night, the highest single-game scoring output by any Michigan player this season. Compher's four-point outburst was the most by a Michigan player since Oct. 13, 2011, when David Wohlberg had four points (G, 3A) in a 10-3 win over St. Lawrence. Compher leads the team with 20 points (9G, 11A) on the season.
Senior forward Derek DeBlois scored twice for the first time since a 5-2 win over Michigan State on Feb. 2, 2013. DeBlois had a career-best three points on the night (2G, A)
Sophomore forward Andrew Copp extended his team-high point streak to five games with his third-period assist. Copp is now second on the team with 18 points (10G, 7A) on the season.
U-M outshot the Spartans by a 42-32 tally. Michigan topped 40 shots for the first time since outshooting Michigan Tech, 43-36, in a 3-2 win on Nov. 1, 2013.
With two goals from forward JT Compher, a Michigan freshman has registered a point in 18 of U-M's 20 games so far this season.
Since the end of the 2012-13 season, Michigan has been stellar in conference play, winning 10 of 12 games (10-2-0), including sweeps against Ohio State and Michigan State in Big Ten play this season.