Feb. 1, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan 3, Michigan State 2
Records: U-M (9-16-2, 6-13-2-2 CCHA), MSU (7-17-3, 5-13-1-0 CCHA)
Attendance: 5,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 2 -- vs. Michigan State (Detroit, Mich./Joe Louis Arena), 4:05 p.m. (TV: Fox Sports Detroit)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan's ice hockey team returned home and relied on a two-goal third period, and two three-point performances, to snap a three-game slide en route to beating Michigan State, 3-2, on Friday night (Feb. 1) inside Yost Ice Arena. The U-M attack was led by Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, NY), who had his first-ever two-goal game,and Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario), who recorded a career-best three assists on the night.
To open the night's scoring, Michigan State's Brent Darnell capitalized on a Wolverine turnover and scored, giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead at the 4:53 mark of the first period.
With a little more than five minutes left in the first stanza, U-M began to muster some attack as both Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) and Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) had point-blank chances, resulting in Michigan's first power play of the night. Seconds into the power-opportunity, Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) was robbed on a pad save from MSU goalie Jake Hildebrand, and the Spartans killed off the penalty. U-M outshot MSU, 14-10, but still entered the first intermission facing a one-goal deficit.
Entering the second period, Michigan was forced to kill off its first penalty of the night, but soon after MSU was whistled for a penalty of its own, Michigan returned to the man-advantage. A few moments into the power play, a Trouba slapshot from the top of the left circle ricocheted of the pipe, one of many opportunities for U-M on the extra-man opportunity.
Immediately after the Spartan penalty expired, Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) netted his fourth goal of the season -- at the 7:20 mark -- on a quick tic-tac-toe, tying the game at one apiece. The play was setup from passes by Nieves, who collected his team-best 13th assist of the season, as well as Di Giuseppe, who logged his first assist of the night.
As the action continued, the Wolverines held an 11-0 shot advantage midway through the period, holding MSU without a shot for the first 12 minutes of play in the second. In the final minutes of the period, both teams exchanged scoring chances, but neither squad could convert, and the two teams entered the locker room for the second break knotted up at 1-all.
Returning to play for the final period, Nieves broke the tie game, scoring on the power play blocker side just 1:57 into the third to record his fifth tally of the season. Michigan's goal was the result of a nifty pass from the corner by Di Giuseppe, and Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) was credited with the second assist. However, Michigan State answered only 45 seconds later as Jake Chelios slashed through the crease and slid the puck under Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) to even the game at 2-2.
Then, with 15:09 remaining in the third, U-M again relied on the Di Giuseppe-to-Nieves combination as the latter notched his second goal of the game to reestablish the Wolverines' lead at one, 3-2. In the game's final moments, Michigan was whistled for a penalty, and Michigan State pulled its goalie for the extra attacker to no avail.
Rutledge, making his first start since Nov. 30, 2012, at Ferris State, turned aside 21-of-23 shots faced for the Wolverines. MSU netminder Hildebrand faced 37 shots against, saving 34 on the night.
On special teams, the Maize and Blue converted on 1-of-3 power-play chances while shutting down MSU on all three of its man-advantages.
The Wolverines and Spartans will meet for the fifth time this season on Saturday (Feb. 2) at Joe Louis Arena. Game time is scheduled for 4:05 p.m., and the matchup can be seen live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Contact: Bruce Madej (734) 763-4423