Nov. 3, 2012
Site: Marquette, Mich. (Berry Events Center)
Score: Northern Michigan 4, #7 Michigan 3
Records: U-M (3-3-1, 1-2-1-1 CCHA), NMU (4-3-1, 1-2-1-0 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 9 -- vs. Michigan State (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
MARQUETTE, Mich. -- For the second straight game, the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 7 USA Today/No. 8 USCHO.com) found itself in a 4-1 hole entering the third period, but, unlike last night, the Wolverines were unable to complete the comeback and fell, 4-3, at Northern Michigan on Saturday (Nov. 3) at Berry Events Center.
Northern Michigan kicked off the scoring just 4:04 into the game thanks to Reed Seckel's third goal of the season. Seckel took the puck into the Michigan zone and fired a shot on goaltender Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) before banging home his own rebound for the early Wildcat lead.
Scott Macaulay made it a 2-0 game deeper in the opening frame, taking a perfect cross-ice feed off the stick of Justin Rose and skated in all alone on Racine. Rose fired a pass from below the left faceoff circle back to Macaulay, who was positioned at the left point. Macaulay then had an open lane to the net and with a swift move, slipped the puck past the U-M goalie.
The Wildcats then opened up a 3-0 advantage 5:54 into the middle period. Cohen Adair found his way to a loose puck in front of Racine and buried the shot just as the net came off its moorings. After a long review by the on-ice officials, it was ruled that the puck crossed the line before the net was dislodged and the goal was allowed to stand.
Michigan countered quickly to close the gap to 3-1 with a nifty give-and-go play courtesy of Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) and Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.). Lynch made his way into the NMU zone with Guptill alongside and made an initial pass to the sophomore forward, before Guptill chipped it right back and Lynch put it past Jared Coreau for Wolverine goal.
However, U-M's lead did not last long as Seckel banged home his second tally of the evening. Racine made a save on the initial shot but was unable to corral the rebound, before Seckel put his stick on it.
The Wolverines cut the deficit to 4-2 thanks to a power-play goal off the stick of captain A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) at the 11:00 mark of the third period. Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) then made it a one-goal game, 46 seconds later, with his third goal of the season and second in as many games in this series.
With Racine on the bench in favor of an extra attacker the Wolverines mustered a few quality scoring chances but were unable to duplicate the heroics of last night.
Racine turned aside 18 shots in the loss, while Coreau allowed three goals on 29 shots.
The Wolverines return to action on Friday (Nov. 9, 7:35 p.m.) when the Michigan State Spartans make their first trip of the season to Ann Arbor.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423