Wolverines Use Special Teams to Fend Off Buckeyes
Alex Guptill

Feb. 22, 2013

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Site: Columbus, Ohio (Value City Arena)
Score: Michigan 5, Ohio State 3
Records: U-M (11-18-2, 8-15-2-2 CCHA), Ohio State (13-13-7, 12-8-5-1 CCHA)
Attendance: 6,722
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 23 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 7:05 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team won a battle of special teams Friday night (Feb. 22), going 2-for-4 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in a 5-3 win at Ohio State inside Value City Arena. U-M's power-play scores came from Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) in the first and second periods, respectively.

After leading 2-0 heading into the third, OSU thrice cut it down to one but never leveled the score; Guptill's second goal -- at 17:27 -- held up as the game-winner.

The Guptill score at 15:22 of the first period extended U-M's power-play goal streak to eight consecutive games. Trouba added another power-play goal at 17:29 of the second period to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.

The Buckeyes cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal just 57 seconds into the final stanza, but U-M answered the bell each time OSU scored. Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) punched in his own rebound for U-M's third goal of the game, at 11:48, and when OSU responded less than four minutes later, it was Guptill coming to the rescue for U-M with his second of the night.

The Buckeyes scored 78 seconds later, but Derek DeBlois (Naragansett, R.I.) iced the game with an empty-net goal at 19:10.

Goaltender Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.), who played his first game since Dec. 14 at Yost Ice Arena against Western Michigan, stopped 29 of 32 shots.

The teams meet again Saturday (Feb. 23) at 7:05 p.m. on Comcast (Ch. 900 in Ann Arbor).

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