Feb. 15, 2014
Michigan and Minnesota met for the first time since Nov. 28, 2010, a 3-1 loss to the Gophers at Mariucci Arena in the final game of the College Hockey Showcase. Michigan has lost two in a row against Minnesota and has not won at Mariucci Arena since a 6-3 win on Nov. 28, 2008.
Michigan lost for the first time this season when scoring three or more goals in a game, falling to 11-1-0 when scoring at least a trio.
Michigan killed off five straight Minnesota power plays to start the game before allowing a power-play goal for the first time since the second period of a 5-2 win at Michigan State on Jan. 24. Michigan had gone 17-for-17 on the penalty kill during that stretch. The Wolverines finished the night 6-for-7 on the PK.
The Wolverines finished the night 2-for-3 on the man-advantage, scoring two power-play goals in a game for the first time since Nov. 15 at Nebraska-Omaha (L, 3-2). The Wolverines are 3-for-7 (42.9%) on the man-advantage over the past three games.
Michigan has gotten off to slow starts in the last two games, as the Wolverines have been outscored, 4-0, in the first period in the last two contests combined. Michigan has outscored the opposition 20-13 in the first period through 25 games. The Wolverines have led or been tied after one period of play in 20 of 25 games this season.
Three different Wolverines had multiple-point efforts tonight -- JT Compher (G, A), Andrew Copp (G, A) and Mac Bennett (2A). Compher leads the team with 26 points (11G, 15A) and also has a team-leading eight multiple-point games on the season. Copp scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season.
Zach Hyman scored for the fourth time in the last five games, and he now has five goals on the season, surpassing his previous career high.
Steve Racine made his first start in net since Dec. 28 against Michigan State in the GLI consolation game. Racine made 32 saves in the game, and he has seen an average of 41 shots in his last three starts.
With the loss, Michigan fell to 6-4-1-1 in Big Ten play and is tied with Ohio State for third place in the conference standings. With 20 points and nine games remaining in conference play, Michigan sits two points behind Wisconsin and nine behind Minnesota, but the Wolverines have played two fewer games than both teams, as well as Ohio State.
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