Feb. 1, 2013
Freshman goalie Jared Rutledge earned the win in his first start since Nov. 30 in a loss at Ferris State. He is now 2-4-0 on the season in seven appearances (six starts).
Rutledge had 21 saves on 23 shots faced and is now 2-1 against MSU.
Freshman Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves scored two goals and tallied one assist in the winning effort; it is Nieves' third multi-point game of the season and fourth goal (and sixth point) in as many games against the Spartans.
It is also Nieves' first multi-point game in which he recorded both a goal and an assist and his first career multi-goal game, tying him with Luke Moffatt and Alex Guptill for second on the team in that department; A.J. Treais is first with two such games.
Nieves' two-goal-game ties Moffatt (Jan. 18 at Lake Superior State), Treais (Oct. 19 vs. Bentley, Oct. 26 vs. Miami) and Guptill (Oct. 19 vs. Bentley).
Sophomore Phil DiGiuseppe had three assists, a career high in both assists and points. He now has seven points (1-6-7) in seven career games against MSU.
DiGiuseppe's three-assist performance is an individual game high for Michigan on the season (for assists). The previous was two (done 14 times).
DiGiuseppe leads the team with three multi-assist games and is second on the team with five multi-point games (Treais, 6).
The three-point efforts of DiGiuseppe and Nieves tie Moffatt for an individual game high (Jan. 18 at LSSU).
Junior Derek DeBlois scored his fourth goal of the season and his most recent since Jan. 18 at LSSU. He now has five points (3-2-5) in 10 career games against the Spartans.
It is the first time Michigan has had multiple players record multiple points since the Jan. 18 game at LSSU (Andrew Sinelli, 1-1-2; Jacob Trouba, 1-1-2; Moffatt 2-1-3).
Lee Moffie's three penalties tie a game high for the Wolverines set by Jacob Trouba (Jan. 12 v. Alaska, Dec. 14 vs. Western Michigan, Nov. 2 at Northern Michigan) and Lindsay Sparks (Nov. 3 at NMU)
The Wolverines are now 3-1 in their last four games against the Spartans and will face them again tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 2) at Joe Louis Arena.
Michigan was 1-3 on the power play with four shots. U-M is now 16-for-111 (14.4 percent) on the season.
The Wolverines were 4-4 on the penalty kill, allowing only one shot. They are now 88-for-105 (83.8 percent) on the season.
Michigan improves to 10-16-2 overall and 7-13-2-2 in conference play.
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