Michigan Blanks Miami for Series Sweep, Climbs to Third in CCHA
Lee Moffie

Feb. 5, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #8 Michigan 3, Miami 0
Record: U-M (17-9-4, 11-7-4-1 CCHA), Miami (15-13-2, 11-11-2-1 CCHA)
Attendance: 6,637 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 10 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7:35 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) turned aside all 29 shots he faced and Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) scored two goals, as the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 7 USCHO.com/No. 8 USA Today/USA Hockey) defeated Miami University (No. 18 USCHO.com/NR USA Today/USA Hockey), 3-0, on Saturday night (Feb. 4) in front of a sellout crowd of 6,637 at Yost Ice Arena. With the win, Michigan earned its first regular-season sweep of the RedHawks since the 2008-09 campaign and climbed into third place in the CCHA race.

In a hard-fought game marred by a combined 98 penalty minutes -- including 76 in the third period alone -- Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second period thanks to Moffie's two goals. The junior defenseman gave the Wolverines the 1-0 advantage 7:17 into the first period with his second career shorthanded goal, as U-M attempted to kill off a boarding call on rookie Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario). The man-down goal marked Michigan's third of the season and first since Derek DeBlois' (Narragansett, R.I.) on Nov. 19 against Ohio State.

Moffie made it a 2-0 game early in the middle frame with his fifth goal of the season, coming at the 3:13 mark, set up by a perfect centering pass from forward A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.).

Emotions began to boil over when a breakaway chance by the RedHawks was ruled by officials, after a lengthy review, to have not crossed the goal line midway through the third period; a tally which would have brought the visitors to within one goal.

It did not take long after the stoppage for Michigan to seal with victory as Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) deked a defender and roofed one home for his 11th tally of the season. The junior forward is now tied for second on the club in goals.

The waning minutes of the game saw a total of nine penalties doled out at the 19:00 mark, including fighting majors and disqualifications to Brown and Miami's Will Weber after an altercation behind the RedHawks goal cage. Brown, who is tied for first on the squad with 27 points (11g, 16a) this season, will miss next Friday's showdown with in-state rival Michigan State (Feb. 10).

Hunwick ensured the Wolverine victory, stopping 11 shots in the third period and collected his fourth shutout of the season. The fifth-year senior netminder now ranks fourth in program history with nine career shutouts.

Neither team scored on the power play, as Michigan closed out the night 0-for-5 and shut down Miami on all six of its man-advantage opportunities.

Miami goaltender Connor Knapp recorded 29 saves in his sixth loss of the season.

The Wolverines are back in action on Friday (Feb. 10) when they travel to East Lansing for the first of a two-game set against the Michigan State Spartans. The teams will wrap up the series on Saturday (Feb. 11) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Both games are scheduled for 7:35 p.m. puck drops.

Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423

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