Feb. 9, 2013
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
Score: #12 Notre Dame 6, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (10-18-2, 7-15-2-2 CCHA), Notre Dame (18-11-1, 14-7-1-1 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 22 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 6:35 p.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team scored four goals or more for the third straight game but suffered a 6-4 defeat at the hands of No. 12 Notre Dame on Saturday night (Feb. 9) in front of a sellout crowd at Compton Family Ice Arena.
The Wolverines fought back with a late second-period power-play from Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) at 19:26 to cut the Irish lead to 4-2, but the Irish scored at 47 seconds and 1:38 to put the game out of reach.
The Wolverines held a 5-2 shot advantage in the first five minutes of the game. However, a Michigan holding penalty at 7:57 tilted the ice toward the Wolverine net, as the Irish outshot U-M, 8-5, for the remainder of the period. The result was a 1-0 first-intermission lead for Notre Dame. Jeff Costello skated down the left wing, lowered his shoulder and barreled towards the net before sliding the puck through the five hole of Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill).
A Notre Dame two-man advantage six minutes into the second period led to another Notre Dame marker. Just as U-M returned a man from the box, Mario Lucia threw the puck towards the goal, and it bounced behind the net, where Costello knocked it back in front to Anders Lee, who knocked it in, giving the Irish a 2-0 lead at 6:26 of the second period.
Notre Dame was called for its first penalty of the period at 8:24, and Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) cashed in 26 seconds later with a blistering shot over the blocker of the Irish goaltender, bringing the Wolverines to within one goal.
That opened up the game, and the Irish scored two more goals, before Di Guiseppe took a Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) pass and one timed it into the net for U-M's second power-play goal of the night.
Then came the fateful first 98 seconds of the third period when Notre Dame answered with two quick goals for the 6-2 lead. U-M had a brief glimmer of hope when Lynch was shoved into the net while scoring his power-play goal at 6:23 of the period. The goal negated a second penalty call, and U-M remained with the man-advantage; but the Wolverines were unable to score.
Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.), playing only his second game after suffering an injury against Bowling Green on Jan. 8, scored U-M's fourth and final goal with 2:58 left.
The Wolverines are now off until they play Ohio State in Columbus on Friday, Feb. 22, at 6:35 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
N O T E S
Michigan has now scored power-play goals in each of its last seven games.
Tonight U-M scored three power-play goals. The last time Michigan accomplished this feat was on Dec. 11 vs. Michigan State at Michigan Stadium in The Big Chill at the Big House. In that game, Carl Hagelin scored two power-plays goals and Jon Merrill added one.
Michigan goalie Adam Janecyck replaced freshman Jared Rutledge in net after the first goal of the third period. Rutledge has started the last four games for U-M.
The Wolverines had an opportunity to make it three games in a row with a shorthanded goal when Andrew Copp was stopped on a breakaway in the second period. U-M scored two short-handed goals in Friday's game (Feb. 8) against Notre Dame and one SHG against MSU last Saturday (Feb. 2).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the game overall ... "It was another tough weekend. I don't know what to tell you. I liked our team tonight; I thought we hung in there. We got behind too easily with the goals against. They were just not good enough goals to give up, but the team hung in there and stayed in the game."
On Michigan's freshmen ... "I thought the freshmen continued to play well. They really pushed hard, and they made things happen. They have enthusiasm. I have a lot of confidence in them, and I am sure they are gaining a lot of confidence. It is tough, especially because we didn't expect to run into a year like this."
U-M Junior Defenseman Mac Bennett
On returning from injury this weekend ... "I think physically I feel 100 percent. I think mentally I am not there yet. It's tough when you have a month off and then when you jump back in, especially when you are playing a team like Notre Dame. Physically I am fine, but it is going to take a game or two to get my head back to where it was."
On the defensive unit's effort ... "In either late in the first or early in the second we went on a little tear of penalties, but the good news is our PK is doing pretty well killing them off. But, when you spend that much time in the box it sucks our team's momentum."