March 19, 2011
Site: Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
Event: CCHA Tournameht (Third-Place Game)
Score: #4 Michigan 4, #8 Notre Dame 2
Records: U-M (26-10-4), Notre Dame (23-13-5)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 20 -- NCAA Tournament Selection Show (ESPN2), 11:30 a.m.
DETROIT, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 4 USA Today/No. 4 USCHO) defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (No. 8 USA Today/No. 8 USCHO), 4-2, on Saturday (March 19) in the CCHA third-place contest at Joe Louis Arena. Senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) backed the Maize and Blue with 42 stops, a career high in regulation time.
Despite letting in the first goal of the game, the Wolverines tallied two in the latter half of the first frame separated by merely 15 seconds. Senior center Louie Caporusso (Woodbridge, Ontario) scored on the power play at 16:07 and senior left wing Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden) cashed in on a Caporusso feed at 16:22. Sophomore right wing Jeff Rohrkemper (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) registered the eventual game-winning goal in the final frame. The Irish made it a one-goal game with 1:22 to play, but U-M deposited an empty-netter to seal the victory.
Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead at 4:34 of the opening period. Hunwick attempted to clear the puck around the boards, but it bounced off the referee and directly toward the front of the net, where Riley Sheahan scored from close range.
Michigan evened the score with a power-play goal at 16:07, starting with a great defensive play from Hagelin. Hustling back to defend a Notre Dame rush, Hagelin tied up a Fighting Irish stick that allowed sophomore right wing Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) to steal the puck, pass to Caporusso, and start a two-on-one charge the other way. Caporusso walked in on the left wing and fired a shot that beat goalie Steven Summerhays under his arm to knot the game at 1-1.
Fifteen seconds later at 16:22, Hagelin registered a second U-M marker. Caporusso picked up a bobbling puck in the Notre Dame zone and immediately fed it to Hagelin, who wristed a shot past the glove of Summerhays to take the 2-1 lead.
Hunwick was stellar throughout the second period, making 16 saves, including five during a pair of Notre Dame power plays. He continued his dominance at 3:10 of the final frame, holding his ground and denying a slew of point-blank shots to keep the U-M lead intact.
Rohrkemper cushioned U-M's lead at 4:37. Senior left wing Scooter Vaughan (Placentia, Calif.) played the puck to freshman defenseman Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) at the point. An Irish defender slowed Bennett's shot, and as Summerhays was about to cover it, Rohrkemper snuck around and poked the puck with just enough force for it to cross the goal line and put the Wolverines up 3-1.
With the Notre Dame goalie pulled, T.J. Tynan brought the Fighting Irish to within one at 18:38, but junior right wing Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich.) buried an empty-netter with four seconds remaining to lock up the 4-2 win.
Michigan is expected to advance to the NCAA Tournament next weekend. The NCAA Tournament selection show will be shown on Sunday (March 20) at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
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