Jan. 31, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #12 Michigan 3, #9 Wisconsin 1
Records: U-M (13-6-2, 5-2-0-0 Big Ten), WIS (14-8-1, 5-4-0-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 5,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 1 -- vs. Wisconsin (Yost Ice Arena), 6:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) and Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) scored in a 1:20 span in the first period, Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) added a second-period goal, and Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 26 saves to lead the 12th-ranked University of Michigan men's hockey team to a 3-1 win over No. 9 Wisconsin on Friday night (Jan. 31) at Yost Ice Arena.
With the win, Michigan head coach Red Berenson is now tied with Rick Comley for fourth on the all-time Division I coaching wins list with 783 wins in 30 years behind the bench at U-M.
The Wolverines won their first game against Wisconsin since Nov. 29, 2009, snapping a four-game winless streak against the Badgers (0-3-1).
Michigan has won three straight contests and has moved into a tie for second in the Big Ten standings with Wisconsin at 5-2-0-0 in league play.
The Wolverines scored twice in a 1:20 span late in the first period to take control of the game early on. Motte broke a nine-game scoring drought just after a U-M power play expired. Michigan kept the puck in the Wisconsin zone, and Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) fed Motte all alone in front for a backhand tip in at 13:10.
Wisconsin nearly tied the game on the next shift, as Nagelvoort made two impressive stops, coming off his line to stop Sean Little, who was left alone in the slot.
Guptill controlled the puck in the Michigan zone and set up his own breakaway on a give-and-go with JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.). Guptill skated in all alone as Compher hit him in stride on a pass towards the middle of the ice and beat Rumpel low to the blocker side to put the Wolverines up 2-0.
Michigan took a 3-0 lead midway through the second period as Hyman beat two Wisconsin players to a loose puck in front. Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) had the initial shot on net, and Rumpel kicked the pick into the slot. Hyman then tapped in the rebound at 12:05 to give the Wolverines a three-goal lead.
Wisconsin answered a little more than a minute later, as Joseph Labate's change-up shot was deflected by Jedd Soleway past Nagelvoort at 13:16 of the second period.
Nagelvoort made several key stops in the third period to help Michigan hold on for the win, including at the 2:00 mark, when he stopped Soleway's jam attempt in front of the net.
Later on in the period, the U-M netminder stopped Mark Zengerle's breakaway attempt with another pad stop at the 10:45. On the other end of the ice, Guptill continued to pepper Rumpel, recording six of his team-high eight shots on net in the final frame.
Michigan will take on Wisconsin tomorrow night (Saturday, Feb. 1) in the series finale at 6:30 p.m. inside Yost. Just standing-room only tickets are available, and the game will be televised on NBC Sports Network.