March 18, 2011
Site: Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
Event: CCHA Tournament (semifinals)
Score: #12 Western Michigan 5, #4 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (25-10-4), Western Michigan (19-11-10)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 19 -- vs. Notre Dame - CCHA Tournament Third-Place Game (Detroit, Mich.), 3:35 p.m.
Detroit, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 4 USA Today/No. 4 USCHO) fell to the Western Michigan Broncos, 5-2, on Friday (March 18) in the CCHA semifinal match at Joe Louis Arena. Sophomores Lindsay Sparks (Oakville, Ontario) and Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) registered Michigan's only goals in the contest. Three of WMU's tallies were on the power play.
Trailing by one goal after 20 minutes, the Maize and Blue let up a season-high four goals in the second period. Despite the lone tally in the final frame from Sparks, Michigan was unable to climb back into the game.
The Broncos struck first at 9:25 of the opening stanza during a five-on-three power play. Dan DeKeyser fired a shot from close range between the faceoff circles that was tipped by Mike Leone past senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) for the 1-0 opener.
WMU added to its total at 6:28 of the middle frame on a power-play goal from Dane Walters that deflected off Hunwick's right shoulder and into the net to double the lead.
A third power-play goal by WMU upped the ante to 3-0 at 13:53. Hunwick turned away the initial shot, but Matt Tennyson scooped up the rebound and placed it back into the net.
The Wolverines responded just moments later on a power-play goal of their own at 14:21. Sophomore center Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) moved the puck along to senior defenseman Chad Langlais (Spokane, Wash.), who then found Moffie at the right point. Moffie fired a rocket from atop the right faceoff circle that eked by WMU goalie Jerry Kuhn to put Michigan on the board.
However, the Broncos answered back at 15:01 when a U-M turnover found Derek Roehl with a shot that trickled just over the line to put the score at 4-1, and WMU tacked on another goal at 17:27 for the 5-1 advantage.
Senior goaltender Bryan Hogan (Highland, Mich.) started the final frame for U-M and made four saves.
Michigan got a final goal from Sparks at 8:33. Sophomore center A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) won a faceoff out to Sparks, who snapped a pass back to freshman defenseman Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) at the left point. His slap shot deflected off Sparks and into the back of the net to narrow the gap to 5-2.
U-M stunted its momentum by taking two penalties in the final 11 minutes of regulation.
Michigan will now take on No. 8 Notre Dame in the third-place game tomorrow (Saturday, March 19) at 3:35 p.m. Fox Sports Detroit Plus will televise the game live.
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423