Feb. 7, 2014
Site: State College, Pa. (Pegula Ice Arena)
Score: #10 Michigan 7, Penn State 3
Records: U-M (14-6-3, 6-2-1-1 Big Ten), PSU (4-18-1, 0-9-0-0 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 8 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 5 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) scored twice, JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) had a goal and two assists, and Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) matched a career high with three assists to help the No. 10-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team earn a 7-3 win at Penn State at Pegula Ice Arena. In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, seven different Wolverines had multiple-point efforts in the contest.
With the win, Michigan head coach Red Berenson moved into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time Division I coaching wins list, passing Rick Comley (Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan, Michigan State).
In his seventh straight start in goal, Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 33 saves in net to improve to 10-5-2 on the season.
To earn the win, the Wolverines had to withstand a Penn State surge in the second period, as Michigan saw an early two-goal lead vanish in a span of 1:01 early on in the frame.
Casey Bailey started the rally for the Nittany Lions, putting a rebound past Nagelvoort at 2:59 after the Michigan goaltender made two stops in a scramble in front of the net.
A little more than a minute later, Eric Scheid tied the game after a long shot by Patrick Koudys from the left side boards bounced off Nagelvoort and dropped in front of the net, where Scheid stuffed in the rebound at 4:00 to even the game at 2-2.
Michigan answered with two quick goals within a 50-second span to regain a two-goal lead. Copp gained the Penn State zone and fired a long wrist shot into the top corner at 5:52, chasing Penn State starting goaltender Eamon McAdam from the game.
On the next shift for the Wolverines, Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) fed Hyman with a stretch pass through the middle of the ice, sending the junior in all alone on a breakaway. Hyman beat PJ Musico over the glove on the first shot after the goaltender change to make it 4-2 Michigan at 6:42.
In the third period, Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) helped Michigan regain a three-goal cushion with his second goal of the season, beating Musico with a wrist shot from just beyond the left circle at the 7:03 mark.
Late in the contest, Penn State's Zach Saar cut the lead to 5-3, corralling a long rebound off a shot from Jonathan Milley and beating Nagelvoort over the shoulder through traffic at 14:29.
With Penn State's net empty minutes later, Hyman scored his second goal of the contest off a feed from behind the goal from Motte at the 17:53 mark. Copp scored his second goal of the night at 18:43 to help the Wolverines match their largest scoring output of the season.
Michigan took an early lead in the contest, as Compher put in a rebound at 6:05 to give the Wolverines a 1-0 advantage. On Michigan's first power-play opportunity of the contest, Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) scored from the high slot at 9:53 to snap an 0-for-18 stretch on the man-advantage for the Wolverines.
U-M will take on Penn State again tomorrow night (Saturday, Feb. 8) in a 5 p.m. contest at Pegula Ice Arena.
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