Wolverines Handed Season's First Loss by UMass-Lowell
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Oct. 26, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: UMass-Lowell 2, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (4-1-1), UML (3-3-0)
Attendance: 5,070
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 1 -- vs. Michigan Tech (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team suffered its first defeat of the season on Saturday night (Oct. 26) -- 2-1 to UMass-Lowell at Yost Ice Arena. Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) provided the lone marker for the Wolverines, while both River Hawk tallies were power-play goals.

With the game tied 1-1 and the Wolverines killing off a major penalty late in the third period, UMass-Lowell's Adam Chapie capitalized on a failed clear attempt by Michigan. Chapie took a pass from Josh Holmstrom and flipped the puck over Zach Nagelvoort's (Holland, Mich.) shoulder at 11:58 to give the River Hawks a 2-1 lead.

Michigan's Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) had the best chance to even the game for the Wolverines but fired just wide of an open net with 6:00 left to play.

Nagelvoort stopped 34 of 36 shots for U-M, while UMass Lowell's Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves to earn his second consecutive win in net.

In a scoreless first period, Michigan had three shots on goal on its lone power play of the frame, as Hellebuyck came up with his best stop on a long drive by Nolan De Jong (Victoria, British Columbia) that barely clipped the goaltender's right pad and went wide of the net at 11:45. Michigan successfully killed UMass-Lowell's lone power-play chance early in the frame.

At 1:03 of the second period, the River Hawks scored on a power play that carried over from the end of the first period. With Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario) in the penalty box for checking from behind, Ryan McGrath scored from the side boards to give the visiting team a 1-0 lead. Twenty-four seconds later, Allen grabbed control of the puck when a UMass-Lowell player lost control behind the net. Allen swept around in front of the goal mouth and beat Hellebuyck to even up the score 1-1.

UMass-Lowell's Joe Houk was called for hooking at 20:00 of the second period, setting up the Wolverines for two minutes with the man-advantage as the third period began. However, Michigan managed just one shot on net on the ensuing power play.

About midway through the third period, Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) was ejected from the game for checking from behind and game misconduct. The Wolverines killed more than four minutes of the resulting five-minute penalty, but at 8:02, Chapie notched the go-ahead goal with 37 ticks left on the major penalty.

The Wolverines return to game action on Friday (Nov. 1) for the first game of a home series vs. Michigan Tech at Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m. [ Tickets ]

Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423

   

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