Feb. 19, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #11 Michigan 5, Western Michigan 4
Records: U-M (21-9-4, 18-7-1-0 CCHA), Western Michigan (15-9-10, 9-8-9-5 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 25 -- at Northern Michigan (Marquette, Mich.), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior captain Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden) tied the game with 39.1 seconds left before notching the game-winner with 2.9 remaining in overtime as the University Michigan ice hockey team (No. 11 USA Today/No. 11 USCHO) sneaked past Western Michigan (RV USA Today/No. 17 USCHO), 5-4, on Senior Night (Saturday, Feb. 19) at Yost Ice Arena.
The Wolverines fell behind 3-1 in the first period but chipped away at the Bronco advantage to tie it at 3-3 heading into the third period. A WMU power-play goal early in the third period looked to be the decisive tally, until Hagelin rose to the occasion with his third multi-goal game of the season.
It only took 43 seconds from the opening faceoff for the Broncos to score, when Dennis Brown's shot from the left point was redirected by Dane Walters up and over senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick's (Sterling Heights, Mich.) shoulder for the early 1-0 lead.
Michigan's retort came at 10:32, when it scored its first power-play goal in seven games to even the score at 1-1. Junior defenseman Brandon Burlon (Nobleton, Ontario) took a shot from the point that was tipped just wide by sophomore center Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.). After coming off the back boards, junior right wing David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) jammed the puck between WMU goaltender Jerry Kuhn and the right post for the tying tally.
Back-to-back defensive miscues from Michigan led to two breakaway opportunities for the Broncos at 14:30 and 16:19. Walters scored his second of the night, followed by Ben Warda's shorthanded marker to put the Broncos up, 3-1.
Senior defenseman Chad Langlais (Spokane, Wash.) brought the Maize and Blue back within one at 17:36. Seconds after the U-M power play expired, Langlais ripped a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that banked in off the far post to cut the deficit to 3-2 after 20 minutes of play.
Lynch lit the lamp shorthanded at 2:01 of the second stanza to knot the game at 3-3. Picking up a loose puck, Lynch toe-dragged around a WMU defender and buried it into the nylon.
Western Michigan then scored at 3:20 of the final frame, six seconds into a power play when Danny Dekeyser's shot from top left circle beat Hunwick far side for the 4-3 advantage.
Pulling Hunwick with 1:30 remaining in regulation for the extra attacker, the Wolverines continuously attacked, until Hagelin scored with 39.1 seconds on the clock, throwing a bouncing puck at the net that trickled through the goalie's legs to even the match at 4-4.
Michigan went on the power play with just 29 seconds left in the overtime period, and Hagelin took advantage as the clock wound down to 2.9 seconds. Racing down the left wing, sophomore defenseman Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) dropped a pass to Hagelin in the high slot, where he rifled a bullet that evaded Kuhn off the post and in, as the Wolverines celebrated in a dog pile on the center-ice boards.
The Wolverines next head to Marquette, Mich., to take on Northern Michigan University Friday and Saturday (Feb. 25-26). The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. both nights.
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423