March 15, 2014
Michigan snapped a four-game winless streak with a 6-2 victory over top-ranked 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 improved to 8-12-3 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 now 1-5-1 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.
Senior forward Luke Moffatt tied his career highs with two goals and three points on the night. He finishes the campaign with 13 goals, good for second on the team. Moffatt has now recorded nine points (5G, 4A) in his last eight contests.
With his second period tally, junior forward Phil Di Giuseppe has now scored seven goals in his last eight games. The center on Di Giuseppe's line, sophomore forward Boo Nieves, now has ten points (2G, 8A) in his last eight. The Di Giuseppe-Nieves-Moffatt line has been the team's highest scoring since it was put together on Feb. 21.
Sophomore forward Andrew Copp tallied two points (1G, 1A). He scored a goal in each of this weekend's games after going his last seven without a score. Copp holds the team lead with 15 goals on the season.
Junior forward Zach Hyman now has 14 points (6G, 8A) in his last 14 games and a career-best 17 points (7G, 10A) this season.
Michigan had 27 blocked shots in the contest, following last night's 25-block performance. Senior defenseman Mac Bennett led the way with six blocks in the game.
Michigan has led or been tied after one period of play in 29 of 34 games this season and has outscored opponents, 36-19, in the first period. Michigan led 1-0 after one period of play.
With tonight's win, Michigan finishes its inaugural Big Ten season with a record of 10-8-2-1, with 33 points. 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.
Michigan honored its seniors on senior night. Goalie Adam Janecyk, forward Luke Moffatt, forward Derek DeBlois, defenseman Kevin Clare and defenseman Mac Bennett each played in their final game at Yost.