Feb. 22, 2014
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #10 Michigan 5, Penn State 2
Records: Michigan (15-10-3, 7-6-1-1 Big Ten), Penn State (6-20-2, 2-11-1-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 5,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 28 -- vs. Ohio State (Yost Ice Arena), 6:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 10th-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team defeated Penn State by a score of 5-2 to split the weekend series on Saturday night (Feb. 22) in front of a sold-out crowd inside Yost Ice Arena.
Freshman forward Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) and junior forward Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) supplied two goals apiece, and sophomore goaltender Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) stopped 18 of 20 shots in his 10th appearance between the pipes this season and first at home since Oct. 10 vs. Boston College.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 7:48 of the first period. Junior forward Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and skated down the ice. Hyman sent the puck across the crease to Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.), who redirected a shot past PSU goaltender Matthew Skoff to give the Maize and Blue a 1-0 lead. With the assist, Hyman extended his season-high point streak to four games.
Kile opened up the second-period scoring for the Wolverines with his second goal of the season. With Michigan maintaining possession in PSU territory, Brennan Serville (Pickering, Ontario) shot the puck towards the net, but it didn't get to Skoff. After a scrum in front of the net, Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) passed the puck over to Kile, who wheeled counterclockwise and scored at 6:58.
The Wolverines went ahead by two at 13:07 of the middle frame while on a power play. Kevin Clare (New Rochelle, N.Y.) sent the puck from the top of the left faceoff circle over to a waiting Di Giuseppe, who beat Skoff over the glove with a one-timer. The goal was Di Giuseppe's seventh of the season and second in as many nights
The Wolverines outshot Penn State 22-6 in the middle frame and successfully killed all three penalties faced in the period. The 22 shots were the most by Michigan in a period all season.
At 8:23 of the third period, Kile tallied his second goal of the night. Clare took an initial shot that hit traffic in front of the crease and bounced back out towards Kile, who snapped it past Skoff to give the Wolverines a 4-0 advantage. DeBlois picked up the other assist for his second point of the game and 13th assist of the season, and Clare's assist -- his second of the game - was his seventh of the season. Penn State goaltender PJ Musico relieved Skoff immediately following Michigan's goal.
With 7:36 remaining in regulation, Penn State's Curtis Loik took a pass from Tommy Olczyk and broke away towards the goal, where he flipped the puck past Racine and brought Penn State within three.
Penn State cut the lead in half to 4-2 when Taylor Holstrom took advantage of a breakdown in defense and deflected a shot past over Racine with just under two minutes remaining in the matchup.
A minute later, Di Giuseppe put more cushion to the lead when he scored an empty-netter with 55 seconds remaining. Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) brought the puck down the left side of the ice and sent it flying over to Di Giuseppe, who jammed the puck in to seal the victory. Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) picked up the other assist; Nieves has now scored a point in each of the last three games (1g, 2a).
PSU's Skoff stopped 29 of 33 shots faced, and Musico stopped all five shots faced in relief.
The Wolverines return to game action on Friday, Feb. 28, when they face off against Big Ten rival Ohio State at Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423