Jan. 26, 2013
Site: Kalamazoo, Mich. (Lawson Arena)
Score: #9 Western Michigan 5, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (8-16-2, 5-13-2-2 CCHA), WMU (16-6-4, 12-4-2-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 1 -- vs. Michigan State (Yost Ice Arena), 6:35 p.m.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- For the second night in a row, the University of Michigan ice hockey team was done in by a strong second period by the Western Michigan Broncos (No. 9 USA Today, No. 9 USCHO), who scored three goals in the middle frame while outshooting U-M, 14-3, in a 5-1 final on Saturday (Jan. 26) inside Lawson Arena. With the win, WMU earned its first sweep of U-M since 1986.
Just 34 seconds into the game, Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) found themselves battling Nolan LaPorte and Luke Witkowski. All four players went off for two minutes.
Goalie Adam Janecyk (Ada, Mich.) made a big save early, stopping Colton Hargrove on a breakaway before denying Justin Kovacs, each within the first five minutes of the contest.
Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) had the Wolverines first scoring opportunity at 7:07 with a high, hard blast, but it was turned aside by WMU's Frank Slubowski. Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) then put U-M on the scoresheet at 15:34, burying a shot from the left point on a power play.
The middle period was the decider for the Wolverines, who took a trio of penalties. Goals by Shane Berschbach and Kenney Morrison, the second on the power play, then an even-strength marker from Hargrove, gave WMU a 3-1 lead after two periods.
A defensive end turnover was turned into in a goal 2:13 into the final frame, as Josh Pitt placed a wrist shot over Janecyk's blocker to put the Broncos up 4-1. Only 1:40 later, Hargrove added his second goal of the night and third of the weekend, taking a pass from behind the net and scoring to make it 5-1.
U-M returns to the ice next for a series with Michigan State. Game one is Friday (Feb. 1) at 6:35 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena [ Tickets ]. The two teams meet again on Saturday (Feb. 2) at 4:05 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
N O T E S
The weekend sweep of U-M by WMU was the first time the Broncos pulled two weekend wins going to back to Feb. 21-22, 1986. The 1986 series was of the home-and-home variety.
Tonight's 4,287 attendance figure at Lawson arena was the biggest of the season.
Andrew Copp's power-play goal was his first career goal against WMU.
Adam Janecyk stopped 36 of 37 shots from WMU's second goal last night until its first marker tonight.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On tonight's game ... "This is a really disappointing weekend for our team. We expected more, and we showed glimpses of it, but there wasn't enough of a push, there wasn't enough defense, there wasn't enough of anything to make it work. Last night, we had excuses, we had a good start, and then we got behind in the game in the second period, and we couldn't answer the bell in the third period. Tonight, the second period was what did us in. We needed the first goal in the third period, and we never even had a scoring chance for I don't know how many minutes."
On how the team can rebound ... "Our good teams have always been led by our seniors and juniors, and then our freshmen came in and filled the holes and helped. But, the pressure is on the leaders here, the upperclassmen here. You can always say you are as good as the senior class. If your senior class is not strong, then you are not going to have a strong team."
U-M Freshman Forward Andrew Copp
On not being able to build off quick starts ... "I think we just got away from our game plan. We had a game plan coming in about getting to their D a lot; they have a lot of guys playing a bunch of minutes back there. I think we just got away from that, especially in our forecheck, and we didn't do a good enough job of hitting their guys in their zone."
On what is going well currently ... "Yesterday's game I thought we played pretty well. There was a lot of effort going around. Pucks just didn't go our way towards the end, and we had a lot of chances yesterday, but we couldn't get it done. Tonight, we came in after the first period up, 1-0. After that it kind of unbuckled, but our starts have been better lately."