U-M Rides Three-Goal First Period to Exhibition Win over Wilfrid Laurier

Oct. 9, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #9 Michigan 5, Wilfrid Laurier 2 (ex.)
Attendance: 4,215
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 17 -- vs. New Hampshire (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's ice hockey team (No. 9 USA Today, No. 8 USCHO) used four answered goals across the first 23 minutes of the game in defeating Wilfrid Laurier, 5-2, in exhibition play Thursday night (Oct. 17) at Yost Ice Arena.

Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) scored two goals, Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) had a goal and three assists, and Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) added two assists to lead the Wolverines.

Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 15 saves in net for U-M in two periods of action, while Steve Racine (Williamsville, New York) made seven stops in a perfect relief effort, playing the entire final frame.

Werenski scored his first goal in a Michigan uniform to get the Wolverines on the board, scoring at 6:42 of the first period with the Maize and Blue on the power play. Larkin had his initial shot blocked, but the puck went right to Werenski in the high slot, where he sent a low wrist shot past Merante to put Michigan ahead.

Werenski wasted no time netting his second goal of the night, just minutes later at 9:23 on a long wrist shot from the left point. His shot beat Merante low after he received a tape-to-tape, cross-ice pass from Nolan De Jong (Victoria, B.C.).

Larkin then notched Michigan's second power-play goal of the period, finishing off an impressive series of passes from his linemates. Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, New York) fed Kile in the slot, and Kile cut to his backhand for a pass to Larkin on the left wing. Larkin found the open net at 13:18 to put the Wolverines up 3-0.

Kevin Lohan (Cold Spring Harbor, New York) notched the third goal of the night by a Michigan defenseman, scoring one-timer from the half boards on a feed from Larkin at 2:46 of the second period. For Lohan, the tally marked his first goal in a Michigan uniform.

Wilfrid Laurier's Derek Schoenmakers scored the first of two goals for the Golden Hawks, who notched their second marker less than a minute after their first. Schoenmakers capitalized on a Michigan defensive zone turnover, corralling the puck behind the Wolverines' net and jamming in his own at 6:17. Laurier's Brendan Woods scored on breakaway not long after, at 7:11, to make it a 4-2 game.

As the clock wound down in the third period, Wilfrid Laurier pulled its goalie in favor of another attacker, but twin penalties late in the third led to a 5-on-4 situation in which Laurier had the man-advantage but also had to protect an empty net at the other end. Travis Lynch (White Lake, Mich.) iced the contest with his empty-netter with just 52 seconds remaining.

The Maize and Blue returns to action on Friday, Oct. 17, when it hosts the New Hampshire Wildcats at Yost Ice Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:35. [ Tickets ]

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