Michigan Drops Home Opener to New Hampshire

Oct. 17, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: New Hampshire 5, #10 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (0-2-0), UNH (1-1-0)
Attendance: 5,124
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 18 -- vs. UNH (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's ice hockey team (No. 10 USA Today, No. 10 USCHO) struggled to stop New Hampshire on Friday night (Oct. 17), falling by a score of 5-1 inside Yost Ice Arena in its regular-season home opener.

UNH goalie Adam Clark stopped 25 shots for the Wildcats, with Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) scoring the Wolverines' lone goal. Five different Wildcats scored in the game, with one goal coming on a first-period power-play to give the Wildcats an early lead.

With the game still scoreless in the first period, Michigan missed a chance to score on a power play midway through the frame. Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) fed a wide-open Kile in the slot, but Clark made a great save to keep the game scoreless.

On a power play late in the first period, the Wildcats caught a break during a power play when Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) fell to the ice, allowing Grayson Downing to knock in a loose puck with 28 ticks left. This gave UNH a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission, despite being outshot by the Wolverines, 11-7.

The Wildcats increased their lead to two goals early in the second period, when Shane Eiserman fired a wrist shot into the top corner of the net. New Hampshire scored again six minutes later, as Brett Pesce lifted a shot over Nagelvoort's glove on a 2-on-1 opportunity to extend the Wildcat lead to 3-0 with 9:31 to play in the middle frame.

The Wolverines had another scoring opportunity with six minutes to go in the period, as Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) was left all alone in front of the net, but Clark came up with another phenomenal save to keep Michigan off the scoreboard.

After Clark robbed yet another goal, this time from Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.), UNH went down the ice, and Dan Correale flipped the puck into Nagelvoort's body off his own rebound with 1:20 remaining. A replay confirmed that the puck passed the goal line, giving the Wildcats a 4-0 advantage after two periods of play.

Midway through the final period, New Hampshire struck again as Andrew Poturalski scored after an initial UNH shot deflected off the end boards right in front, giving the Wildcats a 5-0 lead. Kile kept the Wolverines from being shut out, as he deflected in a shot by Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) from the point with 3:30 left in the game.

The Wildcats outshot Michigan, 35-26, and Nagelvoort finished with 30 saves.

The Wolverines are back on the ice tomorrow night (Saturday, Oct. 18) for the second game of the series against New Hampshire inside Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m.

Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423

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