March 2, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan 1, Ferris State 1 (U-M wins shootout, 1-0)
Records: U-M (13-18-3, 10-15-3-3 CCHA), FSU (15-14-5, 13-12-3-1 CCHA)
Next U-M Game: Friday, March 8 -- vs. Northern Michigan (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After skating to a 1-1 tie against Ferris State Saturday night (March 2), the University of Michigan ice hockey team scored the lone shootout marker -- from senior captain A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) on Senior Night -- for the extra point inside Yost Ice Arena. Treais beat Ferris State goaltender C.J. Motte glove side, and freshman goaltender Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) stopped all three Bulldog chances.
Racine allowed one goal for the second straight night, making 24 saves in the contest. Racine, who made his first start since December four games ago and has posted a 3-0-1 record over that span, stoned a Ferris State breakaway with less than 20 seconds left in overtime to force the shootout.
The Wolverines scored the game's first goal on a senior Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) tally at 7:59 of the first period, while Ferris State gained the equalizer at 11:54 of the second period.
U-M fought off a Ferris State power play 25 seconds into the game and responded on its first power-play chance of the evening as Lynch scored top shelf. Freshman center Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and sophomore left wing Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario) were credited with assists on Lynch's fourth power-play goal of the season. It was the only goal of the opening frame as Michigan outshot Ferris State by a 10-9 margin.
Racine helped kill off two Ferris State man-advantages in the middle period, including making back-to-back point-blank saves on the second short-handed situation. Overall, Racine fended off seven of the nine shots on goal during FSU's two power plays.
The Bulldogs gained the equalizer on a goal from the left faceoff circle by freshman defenseman Zach Dorer. The shot deflected off a Wolverine and trickled inside the right post. Justin DeMartino and Travis Ouellette assisted on Dorer's first goal of the season.
After a long review at 14:53 of the second period, the officials came from the box and declared no goal on a Michigan shot that looked close to goal line. Copp brought the puck in from the left and collided with the goalie with the puck settling close to the line. A slew of players on both sides created a scrum for the puck, which created an instant-replay situation for the officials.
U-M outshot Ferris State, 14-6, in a scoreless third as the Wolverines played in just their fourth overtime contest of the season, and third shootout -- improving to 3-0 in such cases.
The Wolverines will face Northern Michigan in the best-of-three first-round series to begin the CCHA playoffs. The games will be played March 8-10 at Yost Ice Arena.