Nov. 5, 2011
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #3 Michigan 5, #6 Western Michigan 2
Record: U-M (7-2-1, 3-2-1-1 CCHA), Western Michigan (6-1-3, 4-1-1-1 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 11 -- at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 3 USCHO.com/No. 3 USA Today/USA Hockey) went 2-for-5 on the power play on the way to handing Western Michigan (No. 4 USCHO.com/No. 6 USA Today/USA Hockey) its first loss of the season tonight (Saturday, Nov. 5) in a 5-2 final at Yost Ice Arena.
After a two-game power-play slump, which saw the unit shut down on eight opportunities, Michigan converted twice tonight to help avenge Friday night's last-minute defeat at the hands of the Broncos.
Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) opened the scoring for the Wolverines at the 10:57 mark of the opening frame, finding the back of the net for the second time this season and extending his career-high point streak to four games (2g, 2a).
After the intermission, the Broncos were quick to retaliate and knot the game at 1-1 thanks to a Chase Balisy tally 1:09 into the second. WMU opened up a 2-1 lead halfway through the frame off Derek Roehl's second goal of the year.
Michigan then went on to score four unanswered goals en route the victory as Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario) and Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) each tallied power-play markers give the Wolverines to a 3-2 advantage early in the third period.
A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) potted an insurance goal for U-M with less than five minutes left in the game to make it a 4-2 score, before Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) put it away with an empty-netter at the 19:00 mark.
The Wolverines sported four multiple-point scorers tonight, with Guptill and Lynch each earning a goal and an assist. Greg Pateryn (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Lindsay Sparks (Oakville, Ontario) also found the score sheet twice with two assists apiece. Pateryn finished the weekend with four helpers and a plus-3 rating.
Goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) earned his seventh win of the year, making 30 saves in the process. Hunwick also posted his second assist of the season on Lynch's third-period tally. Frank Slubowski got the nod for the Broncos, allowing four goals on 20 shots.
The Michigan penalty kill was perfect once again (2-for-2) as the unit has now successfully killed the last 15 opponent power plays.
The Wolverines will travel to Oxford, Ohio, next weekend for a two-game set with the Miami University RedHawks, beginning on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:35 p.m. The teams then wrap up the series on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:05 p.m.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423