Oct. 18, 2015
» Zach Nagelvoort made 19 saves in his first start of the season in net.
» Michigan outshot Mercyhurst 45-21 on the night.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #11 Michigan 3, Mercyhurst 2
Records: U-M (2-0-0), Mercyhurst (3-3-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 23 -- vs. Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.), 7:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman forward Kyle Connor broke a 2-2 tie in the second period, and the penalty kill unit held off a late third-period Mercyhurst man advantage to help the University of Michigan ice hockey team earn a 3-2 win on Sunday night (Oct. 18) inside Yost Ice Arena.
Junior forwards Alex Kile and Evan Allen scored their first goals of the season, and junior goaltender Zach Nagelvoort stopped 19 of 21 shots to earn his first win of the season in net. Michigan outshot Mercyhurst 45-21 on the night, but couldn't pull away from the Lakers on the scoreboard, as goaltender Brandon Wildung made 42 stops to keep the visiting team in it.
With the two teams trading goals in the second period, it was Connor's third of the young season that put the Wolverines ahead for good. With the game tied at 2-2, Michigan caught Mercyhurst in the midst of a line change, as Zach Werenski fed the puck quickly to Justin Selman, who gained the offensive zone and found Connor alone on the right wing. Connor beat Wildung with a quick wrist shot over the shoulder at 15:51 to put Michigan ahead.
Nagelvoort came up with two of his best stops on the night in the third period to help Michigan hold on for the win. At 6:30, Mercyhurst's Bryan Sienerth fired a one-timer from just inside the right circle that Nagelvoort kicked out with the right pad.
Later on in the frame, with Michigan on the penalty kill after Cutler Martin's interference penalty at 14:15, Jack Riley tried to jam one past Nagelvoort from outside the crease, but the junior goaltender made another good stop and U-M killed off the remainder of the penalty.
Kile opened up the scoring for Michigan late in the first period, crashing the net for rebound off a Michael Downing point shot and beating Wildung at 17:03.
Mercyhurst evened the score on an early second period power play, finding a loose puck in front and beating Nagelvoort at 1:51.
Allen scored his first goal of the season at 5:08, as Selman broke up a Mercyhurst rush in the neutral zone to set up a 2-on-1. Junior forward Max Shuart fed cross-ice to Allen, who beat Wildung with a quick shot off the pass.
Mercyhurst's Jonathan Charbonneau put in a rebound off a 2-on-1 rush for the Lakers at 11:03 to even the game before Connor's game-winner just over four minutes later.
-- Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) October 18, 2015
The Wolverines will hit the road for the first time this season, as U-M heads to upstate New York for a pair of games, starting with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Union College on Friday (Oct. 23).
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