March 11, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Event: CCHA Tournament Quarterfinals (Game One)
Score: #5 Michigan 5, Bowling Green 1
Records: U-M (24-9-4), Bowling Green (10-26-4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 12 -- vs. Bowling Green - CCHA Tournament Quarterfinal Game Two (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Eleven Wolverines registered at least one point as the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 5 USA Today/No. 5 USCHO) dominated the Bowling Green Falcons, 5-1, on Friday (March 11) at Yost Ice Arena. The victory gives U-M a 1-0 series lead in the quarterfinal round of the CCHA Tournament, and extends the Wolverines' winning streak at Yost to 12 games.
The Maize and Blue got off to a strong start with goals from junior left wing David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) and the eventual game-winner by sophomore forward Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) in the opening period. Michigan opened up a 4-0 lead a minute into the third period, before BGSU broke up the shutout bid a few minutes later. U-M tacked on its fifth and final goal with eight minutes left in the game.
Wohlberg tallied the game's opening score at 9:54 of the first frame after a Bowling Green turnover at U-M's blue line. Senior center Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden) picked up the puck and backhanded it to an already streaking Wohlberg. Two-on-two with Hagelin, Wohlberg kept the puck and shelved a shot past the glove of Falcon goaltender Andrew Hammond for the 1-0 icebreaker.
Michigan upped the ante to 2-0 on a power-play goal from Brown at 12:25. Hagelin played the puck off the left boards to freshman defenseman Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) sitting atop the left circle, where he blasted a shot with traffic out in front, and Brown redirected the puck just enough to eke by Hammond's side and into the nylon.
During the second stanza, senior center Matt Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) broke up a Bowling Green pass in front of the Michigan bench. Rust nudged the puck ahead along the boards where senior left wing Scooter Vaughan (Placentia, Calif.) collected it and entered zone. A sliding Falcon defenseman took a stab at the puck, but a beautiful toe-drag by Vaughan bought him the time to hesitate and roof the puck for the 3-0 advantage.
Sophomore left wing Lindsay Sparks (Oakville, Ontario) started the third-period scoring when just 42 seconds had elapsed. Senior defenseman Chad Langlais (Spokane, Wash.) had his right point shot blocked, but Sparks, among the crowd in front of the net, hacked away at the puck until it slipped underneath Hammond to go ahead 4-0.
At 4:27, Bowling Green's James McIntosh took a shot from the left point that deflected toward senior goalie Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.). The puck sat on Hunwick's pad, and while he got a piece of Bryce Williamson's shot, it trickled just passed the goal line to narrow the gap, 4-1.
The Wolverines face the Falcons again tomorrow night (Saturday, March 12) in the second of this best-of-three quarterfinal series. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m. Comcast will televise the game for subscribers in southeast Michigan on channel 900.
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423
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