Perfect Special Teams Power Wolverines Past Northern Michigan
A.J. Treais

Feb. 17, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #5 Michigan 4, Northern Michigan 1
Record: U-M (19-10-4, 13-8-4-1 CCHA), NMU (14-11-6, 9-10-6-3 CCHA)
Attendance: 6,637
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 18 -- vs. Northern Michigan (Yost Ice Arena), 5:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 5 USCHO, No. 5 USA Today/USA Hockey) went 2-for-2 on the power play and killed off all six penalty kills on the way to a 4-1 win Friday night (Feb. 17) over Northern Michigan at a sold-out Yost Ice Arena. U-M took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, and after giving up a second-period tally, responded with a pair of third-period goals.

Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) and forward A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) each had two-assist nights, while Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) tallied a goal and an assist. Treais extended his career-long point streak to six games (6g, 3a) and Merrill's two-assist night is his fourth in 11 games this season. Moffie has points in five straight (3g, 4a), a career-best point streak.

Michigan opened the scoring for the sixth consecutive game, potting two goals in the first. At 9:59, forward Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) found a loose puck out front for the first tally, with the assist going to Treais.

Four minutes and eight seconds later, Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) wristed in his team-leading 15th goal of the season with U-M on the power play, breaking a tie with Treais for the team high. U-M killed off both NMU power plays in the opening frame.

The Wildcats cut the home team's lead in half at 11:16 of the second, burying one over goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) on a goal-mouth scramble. The Wolverines stared down a trio of penalty kills in the middle frame and successfully fended off all three.

After killing off NMU's sixth power play of the night, two Merrill feeds resulted in two Wolverine scores. The sophomore defenseman found forward Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) at the blue line for a partial break and he converted five-hole to put U-M up, 3-1, at 15:30. The Wolverines then added an insurance marker on a tic-tac-toe power-play goal as, from down low, Treais found Merrill at the blue line, where he quickly fed Moffie for a one-timer tally from near the half-boards.

In the net, Hunwick made 26 saves, while NMU's Jared Coreau stopped 24-of-28 shots against.

The Wolverines and Wildcats return to the ice again tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 18) for an earlier faceoff (5:05 p.m.) as U-M celebrates its senior class after the game. Fox Sports Detroit will televise the contest.

Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423

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