Moffatt Keys Wolverines to Shootout Win over Wisconsin
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Feb. 1, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #12 Michigan 2, #9 Wisconsin 2 (U-M wins shootout, 1-0)
Records: U-M (13-6-3, 5-2-1-1 Big Ten), WIS (14-8-2, 5-4-1-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 5,800
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 7 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Arizona) scored a game-tying goal in the third period and had the lone shootout goal to help the 12th-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team earn two points in the Big Ten standings on Saturday (Feb. 1) with a shootout win over No. 9 Wisconsin after a 2-2 regulation tie at Yost Ice Arena.

Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) had two assists, and Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 25 saves as Michigan extended its unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) and took five of six points from Wisconsin on the weekend.

The Wolverines took sole possession of second place in the Big Ten standings with 17 points, one ahead of the Badgers.

With U-M trailing 2-1 entering the third period, Moffatt curled off the side boards with the puck, eluded two Wisconsin defensemen and fired a shot through traffic past UW goalie Joel Rumpel (39 saves) to tie the game at 2-2 at 7:02 of the third period.

Midway through overtime, Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) nearly won it for the Wolverines, but his shot from between the hash marks was smothered by Rumpel, sending the game to a shootout.

After Moffatt scored in the second round, Nagelvoort came up with stops on Michael Mersch and Mark Zengerle to help Michigan earn the shootout win.

Michigan outshot the Badgers 41-27 for the night, including a 12-2 advantage in the third period.

Wisconsin held a 6-1 shot advantage early in the game, as Nagelvoort made several good stops in the opening 10:00. Michigan then had three power-play chances, but Rumpel helped keep the game scoreless after one period of play.

Wisconsin scored 1:02 into the second period, as Michael Mersche tipped a puck in front from his backhand to his forehand and beat Nagelvoort.

The Wolverines replied midway through the period. Hyman won a faceoff back to Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.), whose shot was deflected into the net by Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.), his seventh marker of the season.

Andrew Sinelli (Dexter, Michigan) appeared to score a second goal for U-M after receiving a pass at center ice and driving the net, flipping the puck off a Wisconsin defender into the net; but the goal was waved off due to Sinelli's contact with Rumpel. Wisconsin's Mark Zengerle responded moments later with a breakaway and was tripped up to set up a penalty shot for the Badgers. Zengerle then beat Nagelvoort between the legs to give Wisconsin a 2-1 lead at 16:14 into the second.

Michigan heads to State College, Pa., next weekend for a two-game series with the Nittany Lions. Friday's (Feb. 7) game starts at 7 p.m. and will be televised on Big Ten Network.


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