March 23, 2013
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Site: Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
Event: CCHA Championship (Semifinals)
Score: Michigan 6, #3 Miami 2
Records: U-M (18-18-3), Miami (24-11-5)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 24 -- vs. Notre Dame - CCHA Championship final (Detroit, Mich.), 2:05 p.m.
DETROIT, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 20 USCHO, RV USA Hockey) stormed out to a 4-0 lead on its way to a 6-2 CCHA semifinal victory over Miami University (No. 3 USCHO, No. 3 USA Today) on Saturday (March 23) inside Joe Louis Arena. Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored U-M's first two goals, while sophomore Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario) tallied Michigan's final two markers.
In its 24th straight appearance in the CCHA Championship games at the Joe, U-M will now face Notre Dame on Sunday (March 24, 2:05 p.m.) for the conference berth into the NCAA Tournament. Michigan is entering the final for the first time since 2010 when it defeated Northern Michigan, 2-1.
After a scoreless first, the Wolverines scored four unanswered goals in the second. U-M went into the final frame with a 4-1 lead, adding two more to Miami's one. Michigan went four for five on the penalty kill and also sent home a shorthanded goal, only the second such tally allowed by the RedHawks all season.
At 3:26 of the middle stanza, the Wolverines got on the scoreboard first with a goal during a RedHawk power play. Copp blocked a pass in Wolverine territory, deflecting the puck to Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), who broke away down the ice with Copp. Lynch sent a lateral pass to Copp, who brought the puck in front of the crease and backhanded it five-hole to bring the score to 1-0 in favor of the Wolverines.
Copp scored his second of the night at 9:22 when Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) sent the puck to the right of the crease, where Copp got his stick on it and snapped it in. Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) picked up the other assist.
Next up in the flurry of scoring was Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.), who one-timed a pass from captain A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) in the slot to send the score to 3-0 at 10:50.
Finishing off the high-scoring period for U-M 43 seconds later was Treais, who nabbed his first goal since Jan. 19. Guptill found the puck in Michigan territory and brought it down the ice, beating a RedHawk defender before passing it over to Treais, who sent the puck home from right in front of the crease, beating the goaltender stickside.
Miami's Jay Williams took over in between the pipes after U-M's fourth marker, and Miami got on the board with 2:46 remaining in the middle frame during four-on-four play.
Guptill added to the Wolverines' 4-1 lead only 55 seconds into the final period with a quick goal from in front of the crease. Kevin Lynch sent the puck from the left side of the net to a waiting Guptill, who snapped it home, picking up his fourth goal in as many games. Guptill has also now scored in 10 straight games. Merrill registered the other assist.
At 5:05 of the third, Miami struck back to make the score 5-2, but the Wolverines padded their lead to 6-2 at 12:14. Brennan Serville (Pickering, Ontario) shot the puck down near the crease, where Kevin Lynch knocked it to Guptill, who guided the puck in gloveside.
Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) stopped 33 shots in net for the Wolverines, who are now 8-0-1 in their past nine -- all under Racine's watch.