Feb. 2, 2013
Michigan earned its first series sweep of the season with a 5-2 victory over Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena. U-M now holds a 4-1 mark against the Spartans this year.
Freshman goalie Jared Rutledge earned his second consecutive win and third on the season. He is now 3-4-0 on the season in eight appearances (seven starts).
Rutledge had 26 saves on 28 shots faced and is now 3-1 against MSU.
U-M out-shot the Spartans, 45-28.
Freshman Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves scored and tallied an assist in the winning effort; it is Nieves' fourth multi-point game of the season and fifth goal (and seventh point) in as many games against the Spartans.
Today's game also marks the second straight multi-point game for Nieves and he recorded his team-leading 14th assist of the season.
Junior forward Derek DeBlois recorded the first multi-goal game of his career. DeBlois tallied three goals in the two-game sweep of MSU. He now has seven points (5-2-7) in 11 career games against the Spartans.
Sophomore Phil DiGiuseppe had two assists, following a career high three-assist performance last night. DiGiuseppe's five assists in the past two games mark a season-high for any Wolverine over a two-game span. He now has nine points (1-8-9) in eight career games against MSU.
DiGiuseppe leads the team with four multi-assist games and is now tied for first on the team with senior forward A.J. Treais with six multi-point games. The sophomore also paced the Wolverines with nine shots.
The Wolverines had three players record a multi-point game for the second straight night, as DiGiuseppe (2a), Moffat (1g,1a), Nieves (1g,1a) and DeBlois (2g) recorded two points each.
Michigan was 1-5 on the power play with 11 shots. U-M is now 17-for-116 (14.7 percent) on the season.
The Wolverines were 5-5 on the penalty kill. They are now 93-for-110 (84.6 percent) on the season.
Michigan improves to 11-16-2 overall and 8-13-2-2 in conference play.