March 14, 2014
Michigan is winless in its last four games against Minnesota. The Wolverines last defeated the Gophers on Nov. 27, 2009, earning a 6-0 win over Minnesota in the College Hockey Showcase at Yost Ice Arena.
Michigan fell to 7-12-3 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll. Michigan's last win against a team ranked No. 1 in the nation came on April 7, 2011, when the Wolverines defeated No. 1 North Dakota to advance to the 2011 national championship game.
The Wolverines are 0-5-1 in their last six games against top-ranked teams at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan's last win against a No. 1 ranked team in the USCHO.com poll at Yost came on Mar. 28, 1998, when the Wolverines beat No. 1 North Dakota, 4-3, in the NCAA West Regional to advance to the Frozen Four en route to the 1998 national championship.
Evan Allen's first-period goal gives Michigan freshmen points in 28 of the Wolverines 33 games this season. Travis Lynch recorded an assist on the play, his first point since a goal against Western Michigan on Dec. 27 in the Great Lakes Invitational.
Andrew Copp snapped a seven-game goal scoring drought, his longest of the season, with his goal in the first period. Copp leads the team with 14 goals on the season. Tyler Motte and Zach Hyman picked up assists on the play.
Hyman now has 13 points (5G, 8A) in his last 13 games and a career-best 16 points (6G, 10A) this season.
In his first start since Feb. 28 against Ohio State, freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort made 25 saves on 28 shots.
Michigan had 25 blocked shots in the contest, including eight blocked shots in both the second and third period. Senior defenseman Kevin Clare led the Wolverines with five blocked shots in the game.
Michigan has led or been tied after one period of play in 28 of 33 games this season and has outscored opponents, 35-19, in the first period. Michigan led 2-1 after one period of play.
With tonight's loss, Michigan is 9-8-2-1 in Big Ten play with 30 points and one game remaining in conference play. Michigan has clinched the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten standings and will play No. 6 seed Penn State next Thursday (March 20) in the Big Ten Tournament.