Oct. 26, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #6 Michigan 4, #3 Miami 2
Records: U-M (3-1-0, 1-0-0-0 CCHA), Miami (3-1-1, 0-1-0-0 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 27 -- vs. Miami (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 6 USA Today/No. 6 USCHO) opened up CCHA play with a 4-2 victory over the Miami RedHawks (No. 3 USA Today/No. 3 USCHO) on Friday night (Oct. 26) at Yost Ice Arena. A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) contributed two goals to the win.
With the game tied 2-2, the Wolverines scored twice in the final period to ensure the win. Four Wolverines had multi-point games, including Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) and Treais, who now ride four-game scoring streaks. (Trouba: 2-4-6, Treais: 5-2-7).
At 3:14 of the first stanza, the RedHawks' Cody Murphy broke open the scoring and forced the puck across the goal line just before the net toppled over. The marker originally was waived off, but after a video review the play was overturned for the first goal of the evening. The Wolverines answered with a goal of their own late in the period when Treais buried a slapshot from near the blue line off a pass from Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario).
Treais put his second marker on the board at 6:37 of the middle frame when he took the puck down the ice, wound it through RedHawk defensemen and wristed it into the net stickside to bring the score to 2-1 in favor of the Wolverines. Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) and Mike Chiasson (Henderson, Nev.) picked up the assists. Treais has now scored 10 points in the Wolverines' last 11 matchups with the RedHawks.
At 11:58 of the second, Austin Czarnik took advantage of a loss of control in the Michigan defensive zone and scored a shorthanded equalizer for Miami when he wrapped the puck around the net and across the goal line.
The score remained locked at 2-2 until 8:41 of the third when Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario) brought the puck down the ice to a waiting Chiasson, who chipped the puck into the net to give the Wolverines the advantage for the first time since early in the second frame. The tally, which ultimately proved to be the game-winner, was Chiasson's first of the season.
The Wolverines extended their lead to two with an insurance tally by Guptill at 7:45 of the third, when he intercepted Trouba's rebound in front of the crease and buried the puck behind the RedHawks' goaltender, bringing the score to the final 4-2.
Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) turned aside 30-of-32 shots in the victory. Miami's Ryan McKay made the start for the RedHawks and stopped one shot before leaving due to injury at the 4:59 mark of the opening frame. Jay Williams allowed four goals on 34 shots in 54:36 of relief duty while being saddled with the loss.
The Wolverines and the RedHawks will meet again on Saturday night (Oct. 27) to close out the weekend series. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423