March 2, 2014
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
Score: #13 Michigan 4, Ohio State 3
Records: U-M (16-10-4, 8-6-2-1 Big Ten), OSU (15-11-4, 5-7-4-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 7 -- vs. Michigan State (Yost Ice Arena), 7 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team scored a season-high three power-play goals, including the game-winner from Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) at 10:30 of the third period, in a 4-3 win over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon (March 2) inside Nationwide Arena.
Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) and Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) gave Michigan an early two-goal cushion with first-period power-play goals, and Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) also scored for Michigan, which improved to 2-0-1 in its last three games. Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) made 34 saves to earn the win in net, including several highlight-reel saves in the third period.
With Michigan holding a 3-2 lead and on the power play, Kevin Clare (New Rochelle, N.Y.) fed Di Giuseppe at the right circle, and he fired a one-timer over the shoulder of Ohio State goaltender Matt Tomkins (34 saves) to give Michigan a two-goal lead midway through the third period. The Wolverines finished the day 3-for-4 on the man advantage.
Sam Jardine's long wrist shot through traffic at 11:49 put the Buckeyes within striking distance, but the Michigan defense held the Buckeyes in check the rest of the way.
One night after going 0-for-6 on the man advantage, the Wolverines scored two power-play goals in the opening period to take a 2-0 lead. Seconds into Michigan's first power play of the afternoon, Kile netted his third goal in as many games to put the Wolverines in front early. Copp took a pass from Downing on the side boards and fired a low shot toward traffic in front of the net, and Kile deflected the puck past Tomkins at 2:26.
On its next power-play opportunity, Michigan struck again, with Moffatt the beneficiary of a Copp feed this time. Moffatt set up in the slot, took a pass from Copp, and beat Tomkins with a low shot at 7:03 to give Michigan a 2-0 lead.
The Buckeyes cut into the lead early in the second period, taking advantage of a late Michigan line change. Josh Healey fed Chad Niddery for 2-on-0 for Ohio State. Niddery set up David Gust, who cut in alone and beat Racine with a backhander at 3:03.
DeBlois answered for Michigan after an extended shift in the offensive zone left Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) alone with the puck in the corner. Guptill made a pass to DeBlois in the slot, and he beat Tomkins over the shoulder at 6:12 to put Michigan up by two goals.
Ohio State capitalized on a power play late in the second period, as Darik Angeli drove the net with the puck and flipped a shot over Racine as he crashed the net at 17:45. Though the net was dislodged as the puck crossed the goal line, the goal was ruled legitimate after a lengthy review.
Racine made his best save of the night early in the third period with Ohio State on the power play. Max McCormick found a loose puck in the slot and fired a quick wrist shot on net, but Racine came off his line and made a sweeping glove save at 5:30 to keep Michigan in front, 3-2.
Michigan will host Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Friday (March 7) at Yost Ice Arena.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein