Oct. 25, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #4 Michigan 2, #14 Boston University 1
Records: U-M (4-0-1), BU (3-2-0)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 26 -- vs. UMass-Lowell (Yost Ice Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The fourth-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team scored twice in the third period to earn a 2-1 win over No. 14 Boston University on Friday night (Oct. 25) at Yost Ice Arena. The game-winner came off of the stick of Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario), who beat BU goaltender Matt O'Connor between the pads on a penalty shot at 8:46 of the final frame. The game was the first matchup between the two teams since 2009, and U-M's first victory against the Terriers since 2007 when the Wolverines won by a 6-2 margin.
After BU's Robbie Baillargeon scored in the first and a scoreless second that featured a 16-6 shot advantage for U-M, the Wolverines scored twice in the final frame to seal the win. Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) evened the game with a power-play goal 1:30 before Guptill's clincher.
The only goal of the first frame came at 18:25 when BU's Baillargeon sent home a shot over Zach Nagelvoort's (Holland, Mich.) right shoulder to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead.
Around three minutes into the third period, in the midst of scrum in front of the net, the puck crossed BU's goal line, but the score in favor of the Wolverines was called back when it was ruled that Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) batted in the puck with his hand.
The score began to turn in Michigan's favor at 7:16 of the third frame, when Motte scored on a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.). The tally is Motte's fourth in as many games and team-leading fourth goal of the season.
A minute and 30 seconds later, Guptill was awarded a penalty shot after a hooking call against BU. He wove the puck down and then put it home through the five-hole to give the Maize and Blue a 2-1 lead.
Nagelvoort stopped 18 of 19 shots faced, and BU's O'Conner stopped 42 of 44 Michigan shots.
'The Wolverines return to game action tomorrow night (Saturday, Oct. 26) when they face off against UMass-Lowell at Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423