Feb. 25, 2012
Site: Bowling Green, Ohio (BGSU Ice Arena)
Score: #3 Michigan 3, Bowling Green 0
Record: U-M (21-11-4, 15-9-4-1 CCHA), BGSU (10-21-5, 5-19-4-3 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 9 -- vs. Opponent TBD - CCHA Quarterfinals (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) turned aside all 22 shots he faced for his fifth shutout of the season, as the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 3 USCHO, No. 3 USA Today/USA Hockey) killed off nine penalties to shut out the Bowling Green Falcons, 3-0, on Saturday night (Feb. 25) at BGSU Ice Arena. The Wolverines, who finished the regular season in second place in the CCHA standings, will enjoy a first-round bye before hosting the quarterfinals beginning March 9 at Yost Ice Arena.
Contrary to last night's game which saw a goal from each team in the first 60 seconds, it took longer for the offenses to get going in the second game of this weekend series. The teams battled to a scoreless tie through the first 40 minutes of play; just the second time this season that the Wolverines have been involved in a 0-0 game after two periods. Each team had several chances throughout the first two periods, but Hunwick and Bowling Green's Andrew Hammond were sharp in their efforts to keep the offenses at bay.
The Wolverines finally broke through at the 5:07 mark of the third period thanks to David Wohlberg's (South Lyon, Mich.) 13th goal of the season. With the faceoff in the BGSU zone thanks to an icing call, Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) won the draw back to Wohlberg, who sniped the puck past Hammond to open up a 1-0 advantage for the Maize and Blue. Wohlberg has goals in back-to-back games and four points (2g, 2a) in his last four games.
A little more than three minutes later the Michigan offense struck again as Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) netted his seventh tally of the season, finding the puck in a scramble in front of the Falcon goal mouth and slipping it past Hammond for the 2-0 lead.
Michigan salted away the victory late in the third period thanks to an empty-net goal by defenseman Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) at the 17:51 mark of the third period. Bennett recorded three points (1g, 2a) in the series against BGSU
Hunwick's fifth shutout of the season set a new single-season best for the fifth-year senior netminder. Hammond allowed two goals on 48 U-M offerings.
Michigan will enjoy a first-round bye next weekend while awaiting its quarterfinal opponent for a series that will be held March 9-11 at Yost Ice Arena.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423