Feb. 7, 2014
Michigan and Penn State met for the first time in the history of both programs. This was the 13th time that Michigan has played a Guy Gadowsky-coached team, and the Wolverines improved to 9-4 in those contests. Gadowsky was the head coach at former CCHA foe Alaska-Fairbanks for five seasons from 1999-2004 before moving on to become the head coach at Princeton.
Michigan head coach Red Berenson earned his 784th career win, which moves him into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time on the Division 1 coaching wins list. Berenson passed Rick Comley, who recorded 783 wins at Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan and Michigan State from 1973-2011.
Michigan improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games, matching its longest unbeaten stretch of the season. The Wolverines began the season 4-0-1 before their first defeat of the season on Oct. 26 against UMass-Lowell
Since the end of the 2012-13 campaign, Michigan has been stellar in conference play, winning 12-of-15 games (12-2-1), including sweeps against Ohio State and Michigan in Big Ten play this season and an 8-0-0 run in CCHA regular-season play last season.
Michigan has now outscored opponents 20-9 in the first period through 23 games this season. The Wolverines have led or been tied after one period of play in 20 of 23 contests this season and are 11-1-1 when scoring first.
With the 7-3 win, Michigan matched its largest scoring output this season, as the Wolverines also scored seven goals in a 7-4 win at RIT on Oct. 12.
Seven different Wolverines had multiple-point efforts in the contest, including JT Compher (g, 2a), Mac Bennett (3a), Alex Guptill (g, a), Andrew Copp (2g), Tyler Motte (2a), Zach Hyman (2g), and Michael Downing (g, a).
Mac Bennett matched a career high with three assists, with his last three-assist effort coming on Oct. 13, 2011, against St. Lawrence. Zach Hyman recorded his first career two-goal game.
Michigan finished the night 1-for-3 on the man-advantage and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Alex Guptill's first period power-play goal snapped an 0-for-18 skid on the man-advantage dating back to Luke Moffatt's power-play goal in the first period at Wisconsin on Jan. 11. Michigan has been perfect on the penalty kill in six of its last seven games.
Michigan was outshot, 36-28, for the night, the first time the Wolverines have been outshot in the last five games dating back to Jan. 11 at Wisconsin, when they were outshot 37-29 by the Badgers.