March 23, 2013
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The Wolverines advanced to the championship game of the 2013 CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena with a 6-2 victory over Miami (Ohio). Michigan is looking to claim its first title since winning the 2010 championship.
Michigan has compiled a 29-14 all-time record at Joe Louis Arena in the CCHA Tournament.
This is the 18th time that Michigan has reached the championship game of the CCHA Tournament. The Wolverines are 9-8 all-time in those conference title tilts.
Five Wolverines registered multi-point games against Miami, led by three-point nights from Alex Guptill (2g, 1a) and Kevin Lynch (3a). The three other multi-point Wolverines were Andrew Copp (2g), A.J. Treais (1g, 1a) and Jon Merrill (2a).
Freshman Andrew Copp scored a pair of second period goals six minutes apart against Miami (Ohio). His first goal was a short-hander at 3:26 and the second was on a shot from a severe angle to the right that went off the goalie's leg at 9:22.
Senior forward Kevin Lynch collected three assists against Miami (Ohio). He tied his career high set previously against Western Michigan on Jan. 9, 2010, by setting the table thrice today. Lynch has tallied a point in 12 of his last 15 games.
Michigan scored the game's first goal on a short-handed tally from Andrew Copp at 9:22 of the second period. It was Copp's second short-handed goal of the season. He also found the back of the net at Notre Dame (Feb. 8) on the penalty kill.
The last time Michigan registered a shorty was against Northern Michigan on March 8, 2013. Kevin Lynch scored the goal in the first period at Yost Ice Arena.
This is the second straight game at JLA where the Wolverines scored a short-handed tally: Derek DeBlois had a goal against Michigan State (Feb. 2).
Sophomore forward Alex Guptill has registered a point in 10 straight contests. He posted a goal 55 seconds into the third period and assisted on A.J. Treais' second period tally for a two-point night. Guptill leads the team with 11 multi-point games this season.
Junior forward Luke Moffat scored his eighth goal of the season at 10:50 of the second period (8g, 13a).
Senior captain A.J. Treais lit the lamp at 11:33 of the second period, capping off a Wolverines' scoring blitz that saw three goals scored in 131 seconds (2:11). Treias' goal gave U-M a 4-0 lead and chased Miami starter Ryan McKay.
Treais had his 10th multi-point game of the season with one goal and one assists. He has 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points on the year.
Freshman Steve Racine stopped 33 of the Redhawks' 35 shots on goal. He has an 8-0-1 record since taking over as the starting goaltending duties at Ohio State (Feb. 22).
This is the second game in a row that Michigan has scored four goals in a period. The Wolverines tallied four second-period goals last Saturday at Western Michigan. U-M has tallied four goals in a period four times this season, with two of those coming at JLA (four in the third period against MSU in the Great Lakes Invitational).