Feb. 18, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Event: Senior Night
Score: #5 Michigan 3, Northern Michigan 2 (OT)
Record: U-M (20-10-4, 14-8-4-1 CCHA), NMU (14-12-6, 9-11-6-3 CCHA)
Attendance: 6,637 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 24 -- vs. Bowling Green (Bowling Green, Ohio), 7:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior forward A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) tied for the team lead with two points (1g, 1a) -- including the game-winning goal in overtime -- to propel the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 5 USCHO, No. 5 USA Today/USA Hockey) past Northern Michigan (No. 20 USCHO, NR USA Today/USA Hockey), 3-2, on Saturday night (Feb. 18) at Yost Ice Arena. The Senior Night victory sealed the CCHA series sweep of the Wildcats and is Michigan's fourth consecutive home win.
Captain Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich.) posted a goal and an assist, while defenseman Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) tallied two helpers to match Treais' output with two points apiece in the win. Treais extended his career-long point streak to seven games (7g, 4a), while Moffie has reached the scoresheet in a career-best six straight contests (3g, 6a).
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the teams traded goals through the second and third periods. Glendening broke open the scoring, 6:58 into the second period, when his shot from the slot deflected off an NMU defenseman's body and floated in. He tied his single-season career best with his eighth goal of the season to give Michigan the 1-0 advantage.
Michigan appeared to take a 2-0 lead, but a near goal by Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) was ruled to have never crossed the goal line. NMU then knotted the game at 1-1 with less than three minutes remaining in the middle frame, but Jon Merrill's (Brighton, Mich.) first goal of the campaign gave the Maize and Blue a 2-1 edge heading into the second intermission. Merrill now has points in three straight games (1g, 2a) and 10 points (1g, 9a) in 12 games this season.
The Wildcats clawed back to a 2-2 tie early in the third period as Andrew Cherniwchan, who tallied an assist on NMU's first goal, netted his eighth goal of the season at the 1:15 mark. The third period provided a few quality scoring chances for each team, but both goaltenders stood tall and forced the game to overtime. It marked the second time in four games this season that Michigan and NMU needed an extra frame to decide things.
The overtime period did not last long though, as Treais, who tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout in Marquette on Oct. 22, ended the game just 1:20 into the extra period. Treais' 15th goal of the season ties him for the team lead with rookie Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario). The Wolverines have yet to lose in extra time this season (4-0-4).
Goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) picked up his third straight win for Michigan, turning aside 26-of-28 shots. It was Hunwick's 20th win of the season and the 50th of his Wolverine career. Reid Ellingson allowed three goals on 35 shots for the Wildcats.
The Wolverines close out regular-season play next Friday (Feb. 24) and Saturday (Feb. 25) in an away series at Bowling Green. Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at BGSU Ice Arena.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423