Feb. 15, 2014
Site: Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Mariucci Ice Arena)
Score: #2 Minnesota 4, #10 Michigan 1
Records: Michigan (14-9-3, 6-5-1-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (21-4-5, 10-2-2-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 21 -- vs. Penn State (Yost Ice Arena), 6:30 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Andrew Sinelli (Dexter, Mich.) scored his first goal of the season on U-M's first shot of the game, but the 10th-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team fell, 4-1, at second-ranked Minnesota on Saturday (Feb. 15) inside Mariucci Arena.
Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) made 20 saves in net for Michigan, which dropped its third straight contest and was swept by the Gophers in the first Big Ten series between the two teams.
Sinelli gave Michigan a 1-0 lead and early momentum. Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) set up the play, winning a puck along the side boards and feeding Sinelli as he crossed the blue line. Sinelli fired a wrist shot past Wilcox at 1:31 to put Michigan up 1-0. The goal was Sinelli's first since March 16, 2013 against Western Michigan in a 5-1 series clinching win in the CCHA Quarterfinals.
Racine made a spectacular glove save at the 8:00 mark on a one-timer by Kyle Rau from just outside the crease, keeping the Wolverines in front as Minnesota found its game.
The Gophers evened the score late in the period as Sam Warning tipped a shot by Rau past Racine at 17:46 of the opening period.
Minnesota took the lead for good early on in the second period on a 2-on-1 rush. Connor Reilly kept the puck and beat Racine over the glove at 2:53 to put Minnesota up 2-1.
Hyman nearly evened the score at the 8:00 mark on 2-on-1 chance for Michigan, but his wrist shot from the left circle hit the crossbar. The Wolverines continued to carry the play, as DeBlois fired a shot into the chest of Wilcox on another odd man rush minutes later. U-M drew a power play at 12:23 and pressed for the tying score, but Wilcox smothered a shot by Copp from the circle, and made two more stops on shots from the outside.
Michigan finished the night 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
Nate Condon gave Minnesota a commanding 3-1 lead at 15:20, curling off the side boards for a shot from the high slot into the top corner.
In the final minute of the second period, Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) threw a pass in front from behind the net, but Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) could not get a clean shot off, and Wilcox covered to stop play.
With the Wolverines trailing early in the third period, Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) was issued a five-minute major penalty for contact-to-the-head roughing at 5:35. The Gophers capitalized on the extended man advantage, as Hudson Fasching found the puck in a scramble in the slot and beat Racine between the pads at 8:37.
Michigan will continue Big Ten play against Penn State next Friday night (Feb. 21) at Yost Ice Arena in a 6:30 p.m. contest
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