March 7, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #11 Michigan 7, Michigan State 1
Records: Michigan (17-10-4, 9-6-2-1 Big Ten), MSU (9-16-7, 3-8-6-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 8 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior forward Andrew Sinelli (Dexter, Mich.) recorded his first career hat trick as one of five players with multiple points on the night to lead the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team to a 7-1 win over Michigan State on Friday (March 7) inside Yost Ice Arena.
The Wolverines recorded their most lopsided win over the Spartans since an 8-1 win on Feb. 17, 1996, at Joe Louis Arena and the largest margin of victory over Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena since a 9-2 win on Jan. 16, 1981.
Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) and Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) recorded first period goals, while Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) and Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) both scored in the second period, before Sinelli's outburst later in the game helped the Wolverines seal the victory and improve to 3-0-1 in their last four games.
Sophomore goaltender Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) made 18 saves to improve to 7-3-1 on the season. Racine has earned the win in net in each of his last three starts. Luke Dwyer (Ann Arbor, Mich.) made three saves in relief of Racine. Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand stopped 12 shots, while Will Yanakeff, who played in the third period, stopped 11. Michigan outshot Michigan State 30-22 for the night.
Michigan scored in the opening minute of regulation after a great shift by the Wolverines' top line. Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) set up DeBlois in the slot, where he jammed the puck past Hildebrand at 0:56 to put Michigan up, 1-0. Guptill, who had two assists on the night, extended his point streak to four games.
Moffatt helped put Michigan out in front by two, blocking a shot in the defensive zone and skating down the right wing on an odd-man rush. Moffatt stopped in front and fired a shot off the inside of the right post and in at 7:46.
MSU's Matt Berry put in a rebound off a Tanner Sorenson shot on the power play at 14:45 to cut Michigan's lead to 2-1 heading into the first break.
The Wolverines outshot Spartans, 11-1, in the middle frame while scoring three goals to turn the game into a rout.
Hyman scored on the power play at 5:55, deflecting a Guptill shot from the high slot. Later in the period, Di Giuseppe's centering feed from the wing deflected off a Michigan State defenseman and into the net at 15:31 to make it 4-1. Sinelli followed with his first goal of the night, at 18:16, firing a long wrist shot from the side boards that found its way through Hildebrand, as Michigan led 5-1 heading into the third period.
Sinelli then completed the hat trick in the final period, putting in a long rebound off a shot by DeBlois at 7:31 and adding his third goal of the night on the power play with a blast from the left point at 18:11. Sinelli recorded the first hat trick by a Michigan player since Luke Glendening's trio of goals on Oct. 13, 2011, against St. Lawrence.
The Wolverines return to action tomorrow night (Saturday, March 8) at Munn Ice Arena for a 7 p.m. contest against Michigan State in East Lansing.