U-M Falls to Penn State in Quarterfinals of B1G Tournament

March 16, 2017

» Zach Nagelvoort recorded 30 saves in his final contest in goal for Michigan.
» James Sanchez found the back of the net for the sixth time this season.
» Michigan will leave iconic Joe Louis Arena for the final time, boasting an all-time record of 106-52-5.

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Site: Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #15 Penn State 4, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (13-19-3), PSU (22-11-2)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

DETROIT, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team fell to No. 15 Penn State by a score of 4-1 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night (March 16) at Joe Louis Arena.

The Wolverines were plagued by three goals in the first period, but senior goaltender Zach Nagelvoort settled in, finishing his last collegiate game with 30 saves and no goals allowed after the first two minutes of the second period. Freshman forward James Sanchez scored the lone Michigan goal halfway through the second period.

Nagelvoort's day was highlighted by two impressive saves early in the first period -- a one-timer and follow up shot resulted in the goaltender lying on his back.

After freshman forward Jake Slaker was penalized for charging at the 11:04 mark, the Nittany Lions opened the scoring halfway through the first period when Brandon Biro brought the puck behind the net and found Liam Folkes right in front of the crease. Folkes' power-play goal gave Penn State the early lead.

Nate Sucese doubled the Penn State lead with 6:36 left in the first, as Denis Smirnov's pass across the ice allowed for the easy tap in. Right before the end of the period, Penn State found itself on the two-on-one breakaway, and David Goodwin beat the goaltender from point-blank range. The goal, netted with 29 seconds remaining, increased the Penn State lead to 3-0.

Early in the second period, the Nittany Lions continued to add to their lead when Vince Pedrie's slapshot from the blue line barely beat Nagelvoort off the faceoff.

The Wolverines added a goal of their own when junior forward Tony Calderone's shot on goal deflected off a Penn State body, allowing for Sanchez to slap the puck out of the air and into the open net. The Wolverines converted on the power play at the 9:41 mark after a slashing penalty from Smirnov.

This marks the end of the collegiate careers of Evan Allen, Nolan De Jong, Kevin Lohan, Alex Kile, Nagelvoort and Max Shuart, who end their four-year Michigan careers with back-to-back Great Lakes Invitational championships and a Big Ten Tournament championship.

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