U-M Falls in Exhibition to Waterloo, Set to Open Season Thursday
Andrew Copp

Oct. 6, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Waterloo 2, Michigan 1 (ex.)
Attendance: 4,358
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Oct. 10 -- vs. Boston College (Yost Ice Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team fell, 2-1, to the Waterloo Warriors in exhibition play on Sunday night (Oct. 6) at Yost Ice Arena. Alternate captain Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) provided the lone goal for the Wolverines in the second period, while Waterloo's Andy Smith scored once in the first and netted the decisive goal midway through the second period. The third stanza was scoreless for both teams.

Waterloo opened the scoring at 10:57 of the first period when Smith sent home a rebound shot past Steve Racine's (Williamsville, NY) right arm. U-M had two power-play opportunities throughout the period but failed to convert either.

Twenty-five seconds into the second period, Michigan evened up the score when Copp forced a turnover and got a hold of the puck off the Waterloo goaltender's stick.

Smith nabbed his second goal -- ultimately the game-winner -- at 11:54 of the middle frame, putting home another rebound goal when a shot by teammate Joe Underwood bounced off Racine's pads.

Freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) took over between the pipes immediately following Waterloo's second goal. The Wolverines were successful on both penalty kills faced in the middle frame, but once again failed to convert either of their two power-play opportunities.

The third period was scoreless for both the Warriors and the Wolverines.

Nagelvoort was pulled with 54 seconds remaining for the benefit of an extra attacker, and Michigan had a late-period power-play opportunity, but the late-period surge proved not enough to pull a win for the Wolverines.

Of this year's freshmen, five forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender got ice time during the night's matchup.

Racine saved 11 of 13 shots faced, and Nagelvoort stopped nine of nine.

Michigan outshot the Warriors, 35-22.

The Maize and Blue return to the ice on Thursday (Oct. 10) to face Boston College in the regular-season opener at Yost Ice arena. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.

Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423

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