March 25, 2011
Site: St. Louis, Mo. (Scottrade Center)
Event: NCAA Regional Semifinals
Score: #6 Michigan 3, #14 Nebraska-Omaha 2 (OT)
Records: U-M (27-10-4), Nebraska-Omaha (21-16-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 26 -- No. 2 Boston College or No. 13 Colorado College - NCAA Regional Final (St. Louis, Mo.), 8 p.m. CDT (TV: ESPNU/Webcast: ESPN3.com)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- In overtime, sophomore center Kevin Lynch's (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) shot deflected underneath the Nebraska-Omaha netminder, and after a 10-minute video review, it was confirmed it crossed the goal line, sending the No. 6-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team past the 14th-ranked Mavericks, 3-2, on Friday (March 25) and into the NCAA Regional final at the Scottrade Center.
Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, senior center Louie Caporusso (Woodbridge, Ontario) registered a power-play goal and sophomore center Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) added another to even the score after two periods. A scoreless third period brought the game into overtime, where Lynch posted the game-winner.
Nebraska-Omaha drew first blood at 1:35 of the opening frame when Richard Purslow scored short-handed on a breakaway that beat senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) between the legs for the 1-0 lead.
The Mavericks doubled their lead at 8:18 of the first period when Ryan Walters needled a pass from the corner to Alex Hudson on the doorstep to advance to 2-0.
The Maize and Blue got on the board at 1:17 of the second stanza when Caporusso registered a power-play marker. Freshman defenseman Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) moved the puck across the blue line to senior left wing Scooter Vaughan (Placentia, Calif.), who swung it to Caporusso on the right. Moving to the top of the right faceoff circle, Caporusso ripped a shot that deflected off a Maverick defender and beat the UNO goaltender John Faulkner to the near side to move U-M within a goal, 2-1.
Lynch evened the score at 8:36 of the middle frame. Senior defenseman Chad Langlais (Spokane, Wash.) put on a nifty spin move down low in the corner before he fed a pass across the ice to Lynch for a backdoor one-timer, tying it at 2-2.
After a scoreless third period, the teams headed to overtime. Michigan took an early penalty, during which Merrill saved a potential game-winning goal by UNO after Hunwick was out of position from making an initial save. Merrill slid in front of the net and swatted away a shot, and then he made a kick save on a second attempt to hold the stalemate.
At 2:35 of extra time, junior defenseman Greg Pateryn (Sterling Heights, Mich.) fired a shot from the point that came off the end boards and toward the net. Lynch forced the puck into the crease, off a UNO defender's skate, and underneath Faulkner's pad. Play initially went on, but after a nearly 10-minute review, it was determined that the puck had crossed the line, giving the 3-2 victory to Michigan.
Michigan will play the winner of the No. 2 Boston College/No. 13 Colorado College semifinal in tomorrow's (Saturday, March 26) regional final at 8 p.m. CDT. That game will be televised on ESPNU and shown online on ESPN3.com.
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423