March 14, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #1 Minnesota 3, #13 Michigan 2 (OT)
Records: Michigan (17-12-4, 9-8-2-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (25-4-6, 14-2-3-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 15 -- vs. Minnesota (Yost Ice Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) both scored first-period goals, but the 13th-ranked University of Michigan hockey team fell, 3-2, in overtime to No. 1 Minnesota on Friday night (March 14) inside Yost Ice Arena.
With Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) in the penalty box for hooking, Kyle Rau put in a rebound off an initial shot by Hudson Fasching at 2:44 of overtime to win the game for the Gophers, who clinched the Big Ten regular-season title with the victory.
Freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 25 saves on the night, while his counterpart in net Adam Wilcox stopped 22 shots. Minnesota outshot Michigan, 28-24, on the night.
The Wolverines outshot Minnesota, 7-1, through the first television stoppage at 5:46 of the first period; but Minnesota took the early lead on a seeing-eye shot by defenseman Brady Skjei, who kept the puck in the offensive zone at the right point and fired a long wrist shot on net. The puck grazed off a Michigan defenseman in front and beat Nagelvoort over the shoulder at 9:20 to put Minnesota up, 1-0.
Michigan responded with two quick goals in the second half of the period to take a 2-1 lead heading into the break.
While they had quality chances from in close in the opening minutes of the game, the Wolverines evened the score on a shot from a bad angle. Allen won a race to the puck after a dump-in by Travis Lynch (White Lake, Mich.) and fired a shot on net from the right corner. The puck deflected off the glove Wilcox and into the net at 12:36 to even the game at 1-1.
Minutes later, a great hustle play by Copp gave Michigan the lead. After breaking up a Minnesota rush on one end, Copp skated hard towards the net from the neutral zone as Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) took the puck down the left wing. Motte's saucer pass towards the slot hit Copp in stride, and Copp beat Wilcox while falling down at 18:02.
Michigan had two great chances early in the second period to extend its lead. The first came on a feed from JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) from behind the net to Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) in front. Guptill's shot from just outside the crease was stopped by Wilcox.
A nice tip-pass by Andrew Sinelli (Dexter, Mich.) found Motte all alone in front moments later, but Wilcox made another stop to keep the Gophers within striking distance.
Minnesota tied the game on a 2-on-2 rush, as Justin Kloos skated into the offensive zone with speed and beat Nagelvoort with a wrist shot from the high slot at 17:52.
Nagelvoort made a great stop early in the period to keep the game tied, as Connor Reilly was left all alone in a scramble for the puck in front the net. But Nagelvoort went left to right to make the chest save at 2:30 of the third period.
Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) had two great chances for Michigan later on, firing a one-timer off a bouncing puck in the slot that Wilcox kicked away, and another shot on the same shift, a backhander that Wilcox stopped, again with his right pad at the 5:00 mark.
Both teams played good defensive hockey for the remainder of regulation, setting up Minnesota's game-winner on the power play in overtime.
Michigan will host Minnesota in the regular-season finale for both teams at 7 p.m. tomorrow night (Saturday, March 15) inside Yost Ice Arena. Senior Night ceremonies will take place after the conclusion of the game.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423