OT Winner: Copp's Laser Vaults U-M Past Michigan Tech

Nov. 1, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #4 Michigan 3, Michigan Tech 2 (OT)
Records: U-M (5-1-1), Michigan Tech (1-5-1)
Attendance: 5,264
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 2 -- vs. Michigan Tech (Yost Ice Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored the game-winner 3:26 into overtime for his third goal of the season, giving the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 4 USCHO, No. 4 USA Today) a 3-2 victory over Michigan Tech on Friday night (Nov. 1) at Yost Ice Arena.

Michigan was up 2-0 until midway through the second period when Michigan Tech evened the score.

During their third power play of the second period, the Huskies got on the board when Blake Pietila chipped in the puck off a deflected backhand past Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) at 11:09.

Tech evened up the score on a short-handed breakaway goal with 2:55 left in the second frame when C.J. Eick sent the puck over Nagelvoort's shoulder to tie the game at 2-2.

After a scoreless third period in which Michigan outshot Michigan Tech, 16-8, the Wolverines went to overtime against an opponent for the third time this season.

Nagelvoort snagged a Tech shot out of midair with 1:51 left in extra minutes to keep the score even, and seconds later, Copp skated down the wing on a 2-on-2 and nailed the game-winner over Copley's shoulder.

The Wolverines broke open the scoring at 8:13 of the first period. After picking up a pass from Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I,) on the other side of the blue line, Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) wove the puck down the ice and beat Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley between the pads.

A penalty was called against the Huskies with less than two minutes to play in the opening frame, so the Wolverines began the second period with 55 seconds with the man-advantage.

With the Wolverines maintaining possession after the end of the power play, Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) struck next with a slap shot from in front of the crease to give the Wolverines a 2-0 advantage at 1:10. Di Giuseppe and Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) picked up assists on the goal.

Nagelvoort stopped 34 of 36 shots faced in his fourth start between the pipes, and Copley turned aside 40 of 43 for Michigan Tech.

The Wolverines return to game action Saturday night (Nov. 2) to complete the series with Michigan Tech at Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 pm. Limited tickets are still available.

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