March 15, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #13 Michigan 6, #1 Minnesota 2
Records: U-M (18-12-4, 10-8-2-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (25-5-6, 14-3-3-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 20 -- vs. Penn State - Big Ten Tournament (St. Paul, Minn.), 2 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 13th-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team earned a 6-2 victory over top-ranked Minnesota in front of a sold-out crowd on Senior Night on Saturday (March 15) at Yost Ice Arena.
Senior forward Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) recorded two goals and an assist in his last appearance at Yost, and Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.)had a goal and an assist to lead the Michigan offense. Freshmen forwards Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) and JT Compher (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) each had two assists, and freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 25 saves in net.
Michigan improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight Senior Night contests and earned its first win over a No. 1 ranked team at Yost Ice Arena since defeating No. 1 North Dakota, 4-3, in the 1998 NCAA West Regional to advance to the Frozen Four.
Michigan, which held a 1-0 lead after one period of play, broke the game open with a four-goal middle frame to take a 5-0 lead. The Gophers got on the board late in the second, and each side scored one more goal in the third.
After a slow start for both teams, Michigan took the lead on a great shot by Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario), At 5:16 of the first period, on a late-developing 2-on-1, Guptill kept the puck and snapped a shot over the shoulder of Minnesota goaltender Michael Shibrowski.
Nagelvoort was sharp early on in the contest, stopping a Brady Skjei's shot from the high slot and sliding to make another save on Vinni Lettieri midway through the first period.
Despite being outshot 11-5, the Wolverines held a 1-0 advantage after one period of play. Michigan dominated the middle frame, scoring four unanswered goals on Michael Shibrowski (22 saves) in 15:20 to put the game out of reach.
Twenty-two seconds into the period, Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) ripped a shot from in front of the net. His shot ricocheted, but Moffatt got his stick on the puck and batted it in from midair. The play was briefly reviewed before the goal was awarded to the Wolverines.
Moffatt scored his second goal of the night on the power play, with a one-timer from near the hash marks off of a great feed from Compher at 4:50.
With thirteen minutes left to play in the period, Moffatt nearly had his first career hat trick on a 3-on-2 rush, but his shot from the right wing. ricocheted off of the post.
With 6:48 left to play in the second period, Gabe Guertler had an open net to shoot at for the Gophers, but Nagelvoort made the stop and fell backward to secure the puck underneath his pads.
At 13:21, Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) converted on a partial breakaway after taking a pass from Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Hyman scored over the shoulders of a kneeling Shibrowski to make it 4-0 Wolverines.
Di Giuseppe put the fifth goal on the board with 4:40 to play in the middle frame, burying the puck behind Shibrowski with a snapshot from the blue line.
Minnesota broke the Wolverines' 5-0 streak with 2:11 to go in the middle frame when Minnesota's Seth Ambroz sent the puck from behind the net in the Michigan zone and sent it up to Brady Skjei, who snapped the puck past Nagelvoort stickside.
Michigan was quick to answer early in the third period with its fourth shorthanded goal of the season. After Minnesota lost control of the puck in Michigan territory, Motte sent the puck across the ice to a waiting Copp, who grabbed it and skated all alone to beat Shibrowski gloveside at :30. His goal was the Wolverines' first shorthanded goal since January 24 and fourth such goal this season, widened the score to 6-1.
At 2:48, Skjei scored on a long shot from the left side and fired the puck past Nagelvoort. The goal, Skjei's second of the night.
At the conclusion of the game, the Michigan senior class was honored with a ceremony in front of the sellout crowd.
The Wolverines return to game action on Thursday, March 20 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, when they will face Penn State at the Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, Minn.).
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423