Wolverines Unable to Complete Comeback at Minnesota
JT Compher

Feb. 15, 2014

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Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Mariucci Arena)
Score: #2 Minnesota 5, #10 Michigan 3
Records: Michigan (14-8-3, 6-4-1-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (20-4-5, 9-2-2-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 10,002
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 15 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 7 p.m. CST

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) scored power-play goals in the second period, and Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) added a third-period goal, but the 10th-ranked University of Michigan hockey team fell, 5-3, at No. 2 Minnesota on Friday night (Feb. 15) inside Mariucci Arena.

In his first start since Dec. 28, Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) made 32 saves in net for the Wolverines.

Trailing 4-1 late in the second period, Compher scored on the power play at 18:35 to cut Minnesota's lead to two goals heading to the third period.

Hyman scored his fourth goal in the last five games at 2:47 of the third period, curling off the side boards and jamming a shot past Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox (35 saves) to make it a one-goal game.

Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) nearly tied the game minutes later on a designed faceoff play. Copp won the draw forward, skated with the puck behind the net and quickly fed Kile for a jam attempt, but Wilcox made a good stop at the 6:30 mark.

With Michigan controlling the play, Minnesota sealed the win with a good shift, keeping the puck in Michigan's end for nearly two minutes. With fresh legs on the ice, Connor Reilly fed Gabe Guertler in front, and he beat Racine high at 15:21 to put the Gophers ahead by two goals.

Despite being outshot 16-5 in the first period, the Wolverines held a 38-37 advantage on shots for the game.

The Gophers got off to a quick start, scoring on their second 2-on-1 chance in the opening six minutes of the game. In the first minute of the contest, Racine stopped Hudson Fasching with a left pad save to keep the game scoreless.

But on the second odd-man rush, Just Kloos beat Racine over the shoulder from the right circle at 5:29 to put the Gophers up, 1-0.

Early in the second period, the Gophers took a 2-0 lead on a breakaway by Hudson Fasching, who lost the puck while trying to make a move on Racine, but the changeup shot slid beneath the goaltender's pads at 1:05 of the second period.

Michigan found its game after the Fasching goal, capitalizing on its first power-play opportunity of the night earned by Kile, who was hooked driving hard to the net at 9:05.

On the ensuing man-advantage, Compher made a nifty pass on a puck caught in his skates, sliding the puck between his legs to Copp, who fired a shot from the left point through Wilcox for his team-leading 13th goal of the season at 9:45.

The Gophers needed only six seconds to respond, as Taylor Cammarata beat the Michigan defense to a loose puck off a faceoff, skated in alone on a breakaway and beat Racine at 9:51 to make it 3-1.

Minnesota snapped Michigan's streak of 17 straight penalties killed to take a 4-1 lead, as Seth Ambroz deflected a shot past Racine at 17:29 of the second period. But Compher's power-play goal a little more than a minute later set up an exciting finish.

Copp and Compher each had a goal and an assist on the night, while Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) had two assists. The Wolverines finished the night 2-for-3 on the power play, while Minnesota went 1-for-7 on the man-advantage.

Michigan will conclude its first-ever Big Ten series at Minnesota on Saturday night (Feb. 15) with a 7 p.m. CST contest.

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