Nov. 12, 2011
Site: Oxford, Ohio (Goggin Ice Center)
Score: Miami 3, #5 Michigan 3 (Miami wins shootout, 1-0)
Record: U-M (7-3-2, 3-3-2-1 CCHA), Miami (5-6-1, 3-4-1-1 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 18 -- vs. Ohio State (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
OXFORD, Ohio -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team built a 2-0 lead but was forced to settle with a 3-3 tie tonight (Saturday, Nov. 12) at Miami, which prevailed 1-0 in the shootout inside Goggin Ice Center. After each team missed on three opportunities, Miami scored on the fourth shooter, while U-M missed its shot, giving the RedHawks the extra point in the CCHA standings.
Michigan struck first, when Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) netted his fourth goal of the season at 10:58 of the first period. Brown, who returned last night after missing the last two games due to injury, parked himself in front of the net and tipped in a shot from Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario). The goal gives Brown six points (2g, 4a) in his last four games.
Di Giuseppe then made it 2-0 at the 14:54 mark of the opening frame. The freshman forward hit A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) with a centering feed to spring him all alone in front of the Miami net. Following the initial save on Treais, Di Giuseppe found the loose puck and put it home for the two-goal lead.
The RedHakws cut the lead to 2-1 on Reily Smith's sixth tally of the year, 6:08 into the middle stanza. With a faceoff to the right of Michigan netminder Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.), Austin Czarnik won the draw over to Smith, who fired it into the net.
Miami appeared to tie it up just a minute later but after review the goal was waved off by officials.
The RedHawks did tie the game at 2-2 at the 5:49 mark of the third period thanks to Czarnik's third goal of the season. Smith intercepted a Mike Chiasson (Henderson, Nev.) attempt to clear the zone and Czarnik banged in the rebound from the ensuing shot to knot things up.
Miami then took a 3-2 advantage on a Smith power-play goal, the first the Wolverines have allowed in the last 23 opportunities.
With 3:54 left in regulation, Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) evened things up with his second goal of the year, scoring on a rebound off a Chiasson shot.
After a scoreless overtime period, the game progressed to a shootout, where Brian Paulazzo scored the lone goal to give the RedHawks the extra point in the standings.
Hunwick turned aside 38-of-41 shots, while Reichard allowed three goals on 28 Michigan offerings.
The Wolverines are back at home next weekend when they host the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday (Nov. 18) and Saturday (Nov. 19). Both games are scheduled for 7:35 p.m. starts.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423