U-M Wins First Game of Home-and-Home with Spartans
Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves

Nov. 9, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #11 Michigan 5, Michigan State 1
Records: U-M (4-3-1, 2-2-1-1 CCHA), MSU (3-5-1, 2-3-0-0 CCHA)
Attendance: 5,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 10 -- vs. Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In the first game of a home-and-home rivalry matchup, the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 11 USA Today/No.12 USCHO.com) sailed past the Michigan State Spartans, 5-1, on Friday night (Nov. 9) before a sellout crowd at Yost Ice Arena.

The Wolverines scored twice in the first and put home three unanswered goals in the final stanza to claim the 142nd victory in the program's history against MSU. The Maize and Blue maintained the lead throughout the entire matchup. Five different Wolverines scored goals against the Spartans, including Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), who nabbed his first Wolverine tally as well as the game-winning goal.

Michigan broke open the scoring at 6:55 of the first period when Lindsay Sparks (Oakville, Ontario), off a feed from Justin Selman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.), buried his third of the season with a slapshot from the left faceoff circle.

The Wolverines then extended their lead to two about midway through the period with a goal from Nieves. A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) fed the puck across the net to Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario), who made an attempt from near the left faceoff circle. The puck ricocheted off MSU goaltender Will Yanakeff, before Nieves got his stick on it and wristed it into the net to give the Wolverines a two-goal advantage. The goal is Nieves' first of his career as a Wolverine, and Guptill's assist contributes to his seven-game-long scoring streak, which ties his career best (4g, 5a).

Michigan maintained its two-goal lead through nearly the entire second stanza, until MSU's Kevin Walrod ripped a shot past Jared Rutledge's (Chicago, Ill.) shoulder with 36 seconds remaining in the period to shrink the Wolverines' lead to one going into the final frame.

The Maize and Blue began its third-period scoring streak early, when Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) brought the puck down the ice but met a throng of Spartan defenders, who stripped the puck and attempted to clear it. Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I) picked it up, wove it closer to the net and wristed the puck past Yanakeff at 4:09 to bring the score to 3-1.

Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) tallied a goal with less than five minutes remaining in the period to further the Wolverines' lead to three. Lee Moffie (Wallingford, C.T.) sent the puck across the ice to Lynch, who picked it up and sent it over Yanakeff's left shoulder. Lynch now has points in four straight games (3g, 2a) and goals in three straight.

With a little more than two minutes remaining, Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) rocketed home a power-play goal from the point off a feed from Treais at 18:01 of the period to bring the score to the final 5-1. Treais's assist, his second of the matchup, gave him his fifth multi-point game of the season. All three of Trouba's goals this season have come with the man-advantage.

Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) turned aside 29-of-28 shots in his first win as a Wolverine. MSU's Yanakeff saved 29 of 34 shots on goal.

The Wolverines will travel to East Lansing tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 10) to finish the home-and-home series with the Spartans. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 at Munn Ice Arena, and the game can be seen on Comcast (Ch. 900 in Ann Arbor).

Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423

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