March 16, 2012
Site: Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
Event: CCHA Semifinals
Score: #3 Michigan 3, Bowling Green 2 (2OT)
Records: U-M (24-11-4), BGSU (14-24-5)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 17 -- vs. Western Michigan - CCHA Championship (Detroit, Mich.), 7:35 p.m.
DETROIT, Mich. -- Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) scored the game-winning goal 1:04 into double overtime to propel the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 3 USCHO, No. 3 USA Today/USA Hockey) past Bowling Green State University, 3-2, on Friday night (March 16) at Joe Louis Arena, giving the Wolverines a chance at the Mason Cup for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign and 10th time in team history.
Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) and David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) also scored, as Michigan scored three unanswered goals beginning at the end of the second period to overcome a two-goal deficit and claim the victory.
BGSU struck first when a shot from the right faceoff circle was tipped in by Ryan Carpenter to give the Falcons the 1-0 edge at 9:53 of the first stanza.
At 5:58 of the second stanza, BGSU's Marc Rodriguez snapped the puck over Shawn Hunwick's (Sterling Heights, Mich.) left shoulder, bringing the score to 2-0. With a mere 9.6 seconds to go in the period, Merrill sank a slap shot from the blue line near the right faceoff circle. The puck sailed between multiple BGSU defenders, bouncing once before finding its way over goaltender Andrew Hammond's left leg.
At 2:45 of the third period, Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, RI) nabbed the puck behind the BGSU net and sent it backwards between his feet to the front of the crease, where Wohlberg sailed in and snapped a one-timer through the five-hole to tie up the game 2-2. The goal, his 16th of the season, is good for a two-way tie with Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario) for most goals on the team this season.
Neither squad managed to score in the first overtime period.
Less than a minute into the second OT, A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) navigated over a fallen stick and maintained control of the puck through multiple Falcon defenders before snapping it in front of the crease where Moffatt stuffed it in. Treais' assist extended his scoring streak to three games (3a). Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich.), who was credited with the other assist, also holds a three-game scoring streak (1g, 2a).
Hunwick turned aside 35-of-37 shots on goal, while BGSU's Hammond turned aside 55-of-58.
Michigan will face Western Michigan University in the CCHA Championship game tomorrow night (Saturday, March 17) at Joe Louis Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. and the matchup can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423