March 9, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Event: CCHA Quarterfinals (Game 1)
Score: #5 Michigan 2, Notre Dame 1 (2OT) (Michigan leads best-of-three series, 1-0)
Records: U-M (22-11-4), UND (19-17-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 10 -- vs. Notre Dame - CCHA Quarterfinals Game 2 (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Chris Brown's (Flower Mound, Texas) goal at 3:11 of the second overtime put an end to a three-plus hour game and gave the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 4 USCHO, No. 5 USA Today/USA Hockey) a 2-1 win over visiting Notre Dame (No. 17 USCHO, NR USA Today/USA Hockey) on Friday (March 9) at Yost Ice Arena. The win -- No. 750 in head coach Red Berenson's career -- gives the Wolverines a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three CCHA quarterfinal series and a chance to close out the Irish tomorrow night (Saturday, March 10).
Goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) made 38 saves, tying a career high with his 22nd win of the season, and Notre Dame's Steven Summerhays made 40 saves in the loss, in a game that turned into a goaltender's duel despite Michigan taking a 1-0 lead just 1:08 into the opening frame.
As Notre Dame forward Bryan Rust attempted to clear the puck from his defensive zone, A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) managed to get his stick into the passing lane and deflect the clearing attempt right onto the tape of rookie Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario), who fired a quality shot on goal. The attempt snuck through the Irish netminder and Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich.) poked the loose puck into the empty Notre Dame net for his ninth goal of the season. The goal marked the senior captain's team-high 12th playoff point (4g, 8a) in 22 career games.
Both goalies were forced to make strong saves in the following 50-plus minutes before the game's next goal when Notre Dame knotted the score at 1-1, thanks to Anders Lee's team-leading 17th marker of the season at 11:23 of the third period. Hunwick made several saves as the Wolverines failed to clear the zone. After a turnover behind the Michigan net, Lee put home a shot from between the faceoff circles to even the score.
The teams played another period and a half of scoreless hockey, before Brown sent the Yost faithful into a frenzy with the game-deciding goal early in the second overtime, snapping one home from the left faceoff circle. The junior forward now has 12 goals on the season and is tied for third on the team with three game-winners.
Hunwick improved his record to 22-10-3, with five shutouts, a 1.99 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in 36 appearances this season. The recently named All-CCHA second team goaltender leads the conference in wins and shutouts while ranking second in GAA and save percentage.
The Wolverines have a chance to close out the series, and advance to the CCHA semifinals for the 24th consecutive year, on Saturday night (March 10) at Yost. Game time is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. and the matchup can be seen live on Comcast (Ch. 900 in Ann Arbor).
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423