Michigan Suffers Late-Game Loss to Penn State
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Feb. 21, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Penn State 5, #10 Michigan 4 (OT)
Records: U-M (14-10-3, 6-6-1-1 B1G), PSU (6-19-2, 2-10-1-0 B1G)
Attendance: 5,800
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 22 -- vs. Penn State (Yost Ice Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) scored with 2:02 remaining in the third period to put the 10th-ranked University of Michigan hockey team ahead, 4-3, but Penn State scored with 4.6 seconds left in the third to tie the game and then got the game-winner at 4:17 of overtime from David Goodwin for a 5-4 win Friday (Feb. 21) at Yost Ice Arena.

With the game tied 3-3, Guptill took a pass from JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) in the slot and beat Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff over the left pad to put Michigan ahead.

But with an extra attacker out in the final minute, Casey Bailey fired a bouncing puck past Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) to tie the game.

In overtime, Goodwin skated in on a 2-on-1, kept the puck and fired over the shoulder of Nagelvoort (39 saves) to give Penn State it's second Big Ten win, both against Michigan. Bailey and Goodwin scored two goals to each lead the Nittany Lions offense. Penn State outshot Michigan 44-36 for the night, as Skoff made 32 saves to earn the win in net.

Michigan quickly went up by two goals in the opening frame as two Wolverines broke lengthy goal-scoring droughts with goals just 1:01 apart.

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Playing four aside, Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) forced a Penn State turnover behind the net and fed Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) in front. Nieves beat Skoff to snap a 24-game goal scoring drought and put Michigan ahead 1-0.

Michigan would capitalize on its first power play opportunity of the night moments later. With Taylor Holstrom in the penalty box for slashing, Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) shot the puck off the post on a rush up the ice, but he collected his own rebound and found an open net at 6:41 to put Michigan up 2-0.

Goodwin cut the Wolverine lead to 2-1, jamming home a centering feed from Taylor Holstrom at 7:06, but Michigan regained a two goal lead on a great individual effort by Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.).
Copp beat a defender around the right circle and lunged to make a backhand pass to Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) who found the top corner at 15:37 to give Michigan a 3-1 lead after one period of play.

Penn State cut into the Michigan lead late in the second period on the power play, as Bailey fired a one-timer from the point past Nagelvoort at 19:25 to make it a one goal game heading into the third period.

Dylan Richard's shorthanded breakaway goal at 3:17 of the third period tied the game at 3-3 and set up the wild finish. Richard forced a turnover in the neutral zone, skated in alone and beat Nagelvoort with a backhander to tie the game.

Both DeBlois and Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) had two assists, as Hyman extended his point streak to three games.

Michigan will host Penn State tomorrow night (Saturday, Feb. 22) in the regular-season series finale between the two teams at 7 p.m. inside Yost Ice Arena.

   

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