Motte the OT Hero as No. 5 Michigan Slips Past No. 13 UNH
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Oct. 19, 2013

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Site: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center Arena)
Score: #5 Michigan 3, #13 New Hampshire 2 (OT)
Records: U-M (3-0-1), UNH (1-2-1)
Attendance: 6,501
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 25 -- vs. Boston University (Yost Ice Arena), 7 p.m.

DURHAM, N.H. -- Tyler Motte scored the game-winning goal 1:37 into overtime to lead the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 5 USCHO, No. 5 USA Today) to a 3-2 win at New Hampshire (No. 13 USCHO, No. 13 USA Today) in front of 6,501 fans at Whittemore Center Arena. Luke Moffatt and Alex Guptill also scored for the Wolverines, and Zach Nagelvoort made 22 saves in his first career start in net as Michigan remains unbeaten (3-0-1) through four games this season.

With the game tied 2-2 entering the third period, Guptill had a pair of great opportunities, first cutting to his backhand across the crease for a shot at the 5:20 mark, but he could not lift the puck over UNH goalie Casey DeSmith.

Later in the period at 14:26, Guptill appeared to put one in from a bad angle, as the puck trickled behind DeSmith; but a video review confirmed that the puck did not cross the net.

Motte then netted the game-winner, putting in a rebound off an initial chance by Derek DeBlois, with Michigan players jumped off the bench to celebrate the game-winning score.

The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead on Kevin Goumas' goal at 6:18 of the first period. His shot from the left point went over the shoulder of Nagelvoort.

Michigan answered just minutes later on the second of four power plays during the frame. Guptill took a pass off the side boards from Boo Nieves and fired a shot off the inside of the post and in at 9:40. Phil Di Giuseppe also picked up an assist on the play.

Moments later, Evan Allen nearly gave Michigan the lead, but his chance went high over an open net on a rebound off an initial shot by Tyler Motte.

The Wolverines capitalized on another power play chance early in the second period, as Luke Moffatt looked to feed Guptill in the slot, where his pass deflected off a UNH defenseman and past DeSmith at 4:03 to put Michigan up, 2-1.

Michigan had a number of quality scoring chances to extend the lead, but DeSmith came up with big stops, with his best coming on Andrew Copp's 4-on-2 wrist shot from the slot.

Later in the period, the Wildcats capitalized on an extended power play following two quick penalties, by Tyler Motte and Kevin Lohan. Goumas notched his second goal of the game for UNH, firing a shot off the back of Nagelvoort and in at 15:02.

   

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