Michigan Explodes for Eight Goals in Win at No. 8 UMass-Lowell

Oct. 24, 2014

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Site: Lowell, Mass. (Tsongas Center)
Score: #14 Michigan 8, #8 UMass-Lowell 4
Records: U-M (2-2-0), UML (2-1-1)
Attendance: 6,753
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 25 -- at Boston University (Boston, Mass.), 7 p.m.

LOWELL, Mass. -- Senior forward Zach Hyman recorded five points, including a hat trick, as the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 14 USA Today, No. 14 USCHO) exploded for eight goals in an 8-4 win at UMass-Lowell (No. 8 USA Today, No. 7 USCHO) on Friday night (Oct. 24) at Tsongas Center.

Hyman's linemates Dylan Larkin (G, 3A) and Alex Kile (G, 2A) each had multiple-point games. Zach Werenski had two points (G, A), and freshman Dexter Dancs joined Larkin and Werenski in a parade of Michigan freshmen that scored their first collegiate goals tonight against the River Hawks. Junior Steve Racine made 29 saves to earn his second straight win in net.

After outplaying UMass-Lowell for long stretches of the first period, Michigan held just a 2-1 lead on goals by Kile (PPG) and Tyler Motte. But the Wolverines exploded for four goals in a wild second period, including two in the final five minutes of the frame to take a commanding three-goal lead in what had been a back-and-forth contest.

Hyman scored his first of the night to make it 3-1 at 2:27 off a 3-on-2 rush, with Kile making a great pass out in front to set up the play. UMass-Lowell answered just 31 seconds later as A.J. White beat Racine on a deflection. Hyman struck again minutes later on a 2-on-1 setup by a great flip pass from defenseman Michael Downing. Kile fed Hyman, who jammed a shot past UMass-Lowell goaltender Kevin Boyle (24 saves) at 5:11.

After Lowell's Terrence Wallin scored at 12:11 to cut the Michigan lead to one goal again, Larkin scored his first goal in a Wolverine uniform on a rebound in front at 15:35. Hyman then finished the hat trick at 18:08, beating Boyle top corner off a cross ice pass from Mike Chiasson to put the Wolverines up, 6-3, and chase Boyle from the net.

Lowell's Dylan Zink cut Michigan's lead to 6-4 on a slapshot from the point at 2:46, but the Wolverines answered quickly again, as Dancs pounced on a loose puck in front and beat Jeff Smith at 2:56. Werenski rounded out the scoring at 7:50 with a goal from the high slot, giving the Wolverines their most productive offensive night since a 10-3 win over St. Lawrence on Oct. 13, 2011, at Yost Ice Arena.

The Wolverines got off to a fast start, outshooting the River Hawks, 15-6, and scoring two goals in a 1:29 span midway through the first period to take the early lead.

Michigan, which began the season 0-for-9 on the power play, capitalized on its only man-advantage of the night. On the opening draw of the power play, Michigan controlled, and Werenski fed Larkin with a cross-ice pass on the point. Larkin fired a low shot on net, and Kile put the rebound past Boyle at 10:37 to put Michigan up, 1-0.

A little more than a minute later, the Wolverines converted again after an offensive zone faceoff win. Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves won a draw back to Motte, who put a well-placed wrist shot off the inside of the post and in at 12:36 to make it 2-0.

UMass-Lowell answered on a quick-developing 2-on-1 down low. John Edwardh fed Adam Chapie, who beat Racine low past his right pad at the 15:00 mark to keep the game close heading into the second period.

Michigan will complete its weekend in Massachusetts with a Saturday night (Oct. 25) contest at No. 14 Boston University, beginning at 7 p.m.

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