Nov. 2, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #4 Michigan 2, Michigan Tech 1
Records: U-M (6-1-1), Michigan Tech (1-6-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 15 -- at Nebraska-Omaha (Omaha, Neb.), 8:07 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In the second game of the two-game homestand against Michigan Tech, the No. 4-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team completed the sweep of the Huskies with a 2-1 victory on Saturday Night (Nov. 2) at Yost Ice Arena.
Justin Selman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) scored the decisive goal, his first of the season, at 3:28 of the third period to put U-M up 2-0. After Dennis Rix's goal at 7:55, Michigan Tech could not solve Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) the rest of the way, as the freshman earned his fourth win of the season in net.
With less than 30 seconds to play remaining in the first period, Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) beat the Huskies' sophomore goaltender Pheonix Copley to open the scoring off a pass from Nolan De Jong (Victoria, British Columbia). This was Copp's fourth goal of the season, and De Jong earned his first collegiate point with the assist.
During the second period, despite a shorthanded breakaway chance for Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario), the period remained scoreless. Total shots were at 22-14 in favor of Michigan after 40 minutes, with the Wolverines holding on to a 1-0 lead.
Early in the third period, Selman snuck a shot through the legs of the Michigan Tech goaltender Phoenix Copley (28 saves) to double the lead for U-M. Andrew Sinelli (Dexter, Mich.) and Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) were awarded the assists on the play.
Hyman had another shorthanded chance during another Michigan Tech power-play opportunity, however, his drive toward the net was reviewed and waved off.
After Michigan killed off its fifth penalty of the night, Michigan Tech's Dennis Rix scored off a backhander at 7:55 in the third to pull the Huskies back to within one.
Despite Michigan Tech's two-man advantage for the last 46 seconds -- a result of a sixth Wolverine penalty and the Huskies pulling their goalie -- Michigan held off the final push.
Nagelvoort, who was named first star of the game, stopped 22 of 23 shots faced.
After next weekend off, the Wolverines will travel to Omaha, Neb., on Friday, Nov. 15, to face Nebraska-Omaha. The puck is set to drop at 8:07 p.m. CST.