March 7, 2014
Junior defenseman Andrew Sinelli recorded his first career hat trick and the first hat trick by a Michigan player since Luke Glendening recorded three goals in a 10-3 win over St. Lawrence on Oct. 13, 2011. Sinelli's hat trick is the first by a Michigan defenseman since Jack Johnson had three goals in a 9-4 win over Ferris State on Jan. 26, 2007, at 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.
Michigan equaled its largest scoring output this season in the 7-1 victory, matching the seven goals scored in a 7-3 win at Penn State on Feb. 7 and a 7-4 win at RIT on Oct. 12. This is the largest scoring effort by a Michigan team at Yost since a 7-2 win over RIT last season on Oct. 12, 2012.
Five different Michigan players recorded multiple-point efforts on the night, including Sinelli (3G), Alex Guptill (2A), Derek DeBlois (G, A), Boo Nieves (2A) and Luke Moffatt (G, A). DeBlois now has 20 points on the season (6G, 14A), matching his single-season best from a year ago.
Guptill's two assists helped him extend his point streak to four games. He has seven points (3G, 4A) during that span. Di Giuseppe's goal is his fifth in the last five games.
Sophomore goaltender Steve Racine has recorded the win in each of his last three starts and made 18 saves on 19 shots before being relieved by Luke Dwyer, who made his career debut in net with 3:32 remaining in regulation; Dwyer stopped three shots.
Michigan finished the night 2-for-5 on the man-advantage and is now 5-for-9 (55.5%) on the power play in the last two games combined. The Wolverines have scored two or more power-play goals in six contests this season and are 4-2 in those games. The Wolverines were 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and have allowed a power-play goal in six of the last seven games.
Senior defenseman Kevin Clare led the team with seven blocked shots on the night.
Michigan has led or been tied after one period of play in 26 of 31 games this season and has outscored opponents 30-17 in the first period.
With tonight's win, Michigan moved to 9-6-2-1 in Big Ten play with 30 points and three games remaining in conference play. Michigan remains four points behind Wisconsin for second place in the Big Ten standings.