Feb. 8, 2014
Michigan fell to Penn State for the first time in program history, giving the Nittany Lions their first Big Ten victory. This was the 14th time that Michigan has played a Guy Gadowsky-coached team, and the Wolverines fell 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.
Prior to tonight, Michigan had gotten off to strong starts this season, outscoring the opposition 20-12 in the first period through 24 games this season including tonight's contest. The Wolverines have led or been tied after one period of play in 20 of 24 games this season. Tonight marked the first time since Jan. 10 at Wisconsin (trailed 2-0 after first period) that the Wolverines have trailed after one period of play.
Michigan could not extend its season-best unbeaten streak (4-0-1) to six games after tonight's loss. The Wolverines have had two five-game unbeaten streaks this season, including a 4-0-1 stretch to start the season.
Michigan finished the night 0-for-1 on the man-advantage and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Michigan has been perfect on the penalty kill in seven of its last eight games, and is 20-for-22 (90.1%) in that span on the PK. The Wolverines have been held without a power-play goal in five of their last six contests.
Phil Di Giuseppe led Michigan with five shots on net in the contest. The Wolverines were outshot 40-32 for the night, the second straight game Michigan has been outshot after outshooting their opponents in five straight games entering tonight's contest.
Michigan allowed 40 shots on goal for the fifth time this season and the first time since allowing 40 in a 3-0 loss to Michigan State on Dec. 28 in the GLI consolation game. Michigan is 3-2 this season when allowing 40 or more shots on goal.
With tonight's loss, Michigan fell to 6-3-1-1 in Big Ten play, remaining in third place in the conference standings. With 20 points and 10 games remaining in conference play, Michigan sits two points behind Wisconsin and six behind Minnesota, but the Wolverines have played two fewer games than both teams.