March 9, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Event: CCHA Playoffs Round One (Game 2)
Score: Michigan 6, Northern Michigan 2
Records: U-M (15-18-3), NMU (15-19-4)
Next U-M Game: Friday, March 15 -- vs. Opponent TBA - CCHA Quarterfinals (Campus Sites), Time TBA
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team secured a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs with a 6-2 victory over Northern Michigan on Saturday night (March 9) at Yost Ice Arena. After NMU cut it to 2-1 late in the first period, U-M reeled off four straight goals -- two in both the second and third periods -- to ice the victory and the best-of-three series two games to zero. The Wolverines blasted 50 shots on net.
A total of 10 Wolverines registered at least one point in tonight's game, with Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario), Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) collecting two points apiece. Meanwhile, freshman goaltender Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) stopped 18 of the Wildcats' 20 shots on goal.
Guptill gave Michigan the early advantage with a goal at 4:02 of the first period -- sliding the puck under Jared Coreau's right pad from the slot for his 12th goal of the season. Guptill's goal marked the fifth straight game that the Wolverines scored a goal in the first eight minutes of a contest. Nieves and sophomore defenseman Mike Szuma (Novi, Mich.) assisted on the marker. The assist by Szuma is his first career point in 28 career games.
Trouba added to the Wolverines' lead with a slap shot from the left point at 15:05 of the opening period. Trouba and his teammates had an outstanding shift in the Northern Michigan end, and his one-timer beat Coreau on the left side. Junior forward Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) and Guptill assisted on Trouba's 10th goal of the season.
The Wildcats cut the deficit in half, 2-1, with 29.1 seconds remaining before intermission.
The Wolverines outshot NMU, 23-6, in the first 20 minutes and nearly had as many shots in the first period as they totaled through three periods last night (25).
The Wolverines gained their second power-play opportunity of the game, at 5:43 of the middle period, and capitalized, as junior defenseman Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) scored on a wrist shot from the left point at 6:06. Sophomore forward Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) and Nieves set up the power-play tally for Bennett -- his sixth goal of the season.
Michigan looked to extend its advantage on a penalty shot later in the frame but was unable to beat Coreau. The Wolverines elected to take the penalty shot at 12:15 of the second period rather than the two-minute minor called against the Wildcats for covering the puck inside the goal crease with an open glove. Treais took the penalty shot, but his wrist shot to the glove-hand side was pushed aside.
The Wolverines second power-play goal of the period increased the lead to 4-1 at 17:25, as Copp banged home a rebound off a Trouba slap shot. Treais was credited with the other assist on Copp's eighth goal of the campaign.
Michigan added to its lead when junior forward Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) beat Coreau at 2:16 of the final period. Treais won the draw and pushed it back to Moffat, who fired in a wrist shot.
The Wolverines elected to take their second penalty shot of the game instead of a two-minute minor against the Wildcats for hooking on a breakaway chance by Copp, who beat Coreau five-hole to push the lead to 6-1 at 11:33. It was the first time since 2004 that Michigan converted a penalty shot (Jason Ryznar vs. St. Lawrence on Oct. 16, 2004).
Northern Michigan scored a late goal at 18:54 of the third period to close out the scoring.
Michigan's next-round opponent will be decided soon after first-round CCHA play. The quarterfinals run from March 15-17.