Comeback Attempt Not Enough in CCHA Final Loss to WMU
Kevin Clare

March 17, 2012

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Site: Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
Event: CCHA Championship
Score: #14 Western Michigan 3, #3 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (24-12-4), WMU (21-13-6)
Attendance: 10,421
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 18 -- NCAA Selection Show (ESPNU), Noon

DETROIT, Mich. -- A two-goal comeback attempt in the third period was not enough to keep the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 3 USCHO, No. 3 USA Today/USA Hockey) afloat versus Western Michigan University (No. 14 USCHO, No. 14 USA Today/USA Hockey) on Saturday night (March 17) as the Broncos triumphed, 3-2, at Joe Louis Arena. U-M now awaits to learn its NCAA Tournament fate during the Selection Show, which airs tomorrow (Sunday, March 18) at noon on ESPNU.

Michigan began its comeback attempt with goals from Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) and Kevin Clare (New Rochelle, N.Y.) in the third stanza after Western maintained a three-goal lead throughout the first two periods. However, despite pressure and the tail end of a five-minute power play, U-M could not get the equalizer.

The Broncos jumped out midway through the first period and took a 1-0 lead when Ian Slater snuck the puck behind Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.). In the second stanza, WMU extended its lead to three with two goals.

A shorthanded goal by Clare sparked the comeback attempt at 8:01 of the third. After taking a pass from Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Clare snapped a shot over the goaltender's shoulder for his third goal of the season and first since the overtime game-winner in the GLI. Glendening's assist extended his scoring streak to four games (1g, 3a).

Minutes later on a Wolverine five-minute man-advantage, Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) snapped the puck across the front of the crease to Moffie, who beat Frank Slubowski gloveside with a one-timer and trimmed Western's lead to one. Moffie now rides a three-game scoring streak with one goal and two assists. A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), who nabbed an assist, extended his scoring streak to four games (4a).

Michigan stayed a man up for two more minutes because of a five-minute major and game misconduct called against Western's Ian Slater. After the penalty expired with no subsequent Michigan goals, Hunwick was pulled with one minute remaining for the benefit of an extra attacker. However, the late surge ended fruitlessly.

Both Moffie and Moffatt were named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team.

In the cage, Hunwick turned aside 22-of-25 shots, while Slubowski denied 27-of-29.

Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423

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