March 5, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Event: CCHA Tournament First Round
Score: Michigan 5, Lake Superior State 2
Records: U-M (20-17-1), Lake Superior State (15-17-5)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 6 -- vs. Lake Superior State - CCHA Tournament First Round - Game Two (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m. (TV: FS Detroit)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team defeated Lake Superior State by a 5-2 score on Friday (March 5) in game one of a best-of-three, first round CCHA playoff series at Yost Ice Arena.
U-M scored once in each of the first two periods and gained a 3-0 lead very early in the third period. Michigan outshot the Lakers, 43-23. Junior goalie Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) had 21 saves in his second straight start.
Freshman center A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) kicked off the scoring with a rebound goal at 10:38. U-M's relentless forecheck caused a Laker turnover behind the net. Sophomore left wing David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) came around the ride side and fanned on a shot before sophomore right wing Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich.) poked the puck into the crease. Treais crashed the net and chipped the puck into the netting for his sixth goal of the season.
One minute later, junior center Ben Winnett (New Westminster, B.C.) made the save of the first period. Hunwick had to slide well out of the net to deny a two-on-one chance by LSSU, but the rebound squirted free into the high slot. Matt Cowie's shot looked to be a sure goal, but Winnett pulled his skates together and kept the puck out. Video review confirmed that the puck never crossed the goal line.
Wohlberg gave U-M a 2-0 advantage at 4:40 of the second period as a result of another goal-mouth scramble. Skating down the right side, Wohlberg dropped the puck back into the inner right circle for junior center Louie Caporusso's (Woodbridge, Ont.) shot. Wohlberg stayed in the vicinity of the net to collect the rebound and, after a few swipes at the puck, banked it off a defender and into the goal.
Michigan outshot Lake Superior State by a 16-8 count in the middle frame and had a 28-15 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
Junior center Matt Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) wasted little time in boosting U-M's lead to 3-0, just 37 seconds into the third period. Junior left wing Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden) chased the Laker puck carrier out from behind his own net. When the LSSU player fell down, the puck rolled directly to Rust in the left circle, where he dashed across the front of the net, evaded a poke check from the LSSU goalie Brian Mahoney-Wilson and slipped the puck five hole for his 12th goal of the campaign.
U-M faced its greatest adversity of the game at 1:53 of the final period when two Wolverines were penalized at the same time, putting Michigan at a five-on-three disadvantage. While U-M technically killed the power plays, LSSU scored just five seconds after the penalties expired when Steven Kaunisto's crossing pass hit a Wolverine stick and bounced into the goal.
Nevertheless, Michigan responded a mere 18 seconds later to reestablish a three-goal lead, 4-1. Senior left wing Brian Lebler (Penticton, British Columbia) took a pass from freshman right wing Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas), circled out from behind the net into the right circle and used a screen by Brown to score his 12th goal of the season.
Senior defenseman Chris Summers (Milan, Mich.) wrapped up the scoring with an empty-net, power-play goal at 18:56.
Game two of the playoff series against the Lakers will take place on Saturday (March 6) at Yost Ice Arena. Faceoff is set for 7:35 p.m., and the game will be televised by FS Detroit.
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423