March 20, 2014
Site: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
Score: Penn State 2, #12 Michigan 1 (2OT)
Records: Michigan (18-13-4), Penn State (8-25-2)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 23 -- NCAA Selection Show (ESPNU), Noon
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Goaltender Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made a season-high 63 saves, but Penn State's Zach Saar scored the game-winning goal with 8:13 left in the second overtime period Thusday (March 20) to eliminate the 12th-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team from the inaugural Big Ten Tournament.
The game remained scoreless until the final moments of the second period, when Penn State's Taylor Holstrom broke loose on a breakaway off a stretch pass from Luke Juha and beat Nagelvoort over the left pad to give Penn State a 1-0 lead at 19:37.
Michigan tied the game up with 8:54 left in the third on a one-timer by Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) off a backhanded centering pass by Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) from behind the Penn State net, sending the game into overtime.
Michigan had its best chance to win the game with about seven minutes remaining in the first overtime when a shot by Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) hit the post and slid along the goal line until a Penn State defenseman managed to kick it out of the crease. The play was reviewed, but the no-goal call stood.
Michigan had a power play at 15:40 of overtime when Mike Williamson was sent to the penalty box for tripping but could not convert.
Nagelvoort made several crucial saves halfway through the first overtime, as Penn State began to surround the crease for rebound chances, with his best stop a glove save on David Goodwin around the 10:00 mark.
Saar scored off a faceoff win by Dylan Richard, firing a shot through a screen past Nagelvoort to win the game for the Nittany Lions.
The Wolverines special teams saw plenty of ice time in the first period, drawing two power-play chances but could not convert, finishing the night 0-for-4 on the man-advantage. They had their best chance on their lone penalty kill of the period, when Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) managed to grab the puck and break toward the net, but Penn State goalie Matthew Skoff (52 saves) made the save on a shot from the right wing.
The teams traded scoring chances midway through the second period, with Michigan getting off some shots on the third-power play opportunity of the afternoon, at the 7:15 mark. Penn State had a great chance on a shorthanded breakaway by Tommy Olczyk, but Nagelvoort made a right-pad stop to keep the game scoreless.
The Wolverines will await the results of the remaining conference tournament games to determine if they are eligible for an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Selection Show takes place on Sunday (March 23) at noon and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423