Oct. 19, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #6 Michigan 6, Bentley 3
Records: U-M (2-1-0), Bentley (1-1-0)
Attendance: 5,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 26 -- vs. Miami (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m. [ Tickets ]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) chipped in two goals apiece to push the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 6 USA Today/No. 5 USCHO) past the Bentley Falcons, 6-3, on Friday night (Oct. 19) at Yost Ice Arena. The win marks the third time in three contests with Bentley that the Wolverines have garnered a victory.
The first period saw only a Bentley goal, but in the second and third frames Michigan scored three times in each. Three Wolverines -- Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.), Treais and Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) now ride three-game scoring streaks -- Trouba (2-2-4), Bennett (1-3-4), Treais (3-2-5).
Bentley scored the only goal of the first stanza, at 8:07, when Brett Gensler came tearing down the ice and snapped the puck into the net behind U-M goaltender Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.).
The Wolverines' three-goal second period began with a marker only 31 seconds into the frame, when Treais caught his own rebound off Bentley goaltender Branden Komm. However, minutes later, the Falcons regained the lead on a rebound shot.
Treais netted his second of the night soon after with some quick back-and-forth passing in front of the net with Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) before wristing it into the back of the net, evening the score to 2-2. Michigan ended the period on top when Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) tallied the first goal of his career on a redirect from Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario).
The Wolverines held the Falcons to one in the third period while putting up three goals of their own. At 3:29, following a faceoff won by Kevin Lynch (Grosse Point, Mich.), Guptill intercepted the puck from Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, NY) and drove it in to bring the score to 4-2.
Soon after, Bennett backhanded the puck off the goaltender's pads to set up a waiting Hyman, who capitalized on the rebound. Bentley retaliated with a quick wrister from the right faceoff circle to bring the score to 5-3 at 10:17, but Guptill netted his second of the night after intercepting a rebound shot from Kevin Lynch.
Racine turned aside 22 of 25 shots on goal in the victory and Bentley's Komm had 50 saves out of 56 shots.
The Wolverines return to game action on Friday (Oct. 26) when they open up CCHA play with a two-game series against Miami at Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to be dropped at 7:35 p.m.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423