Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan 5, American International 2
Records: U-M (3-5-0), AIC (2-6-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 15 -- vs. AIC (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's ice hockey team defeated American International by a score of 5-2 on Friday night (Nov. 14) inside Yost Ice Arena. It was a dominant victory which featured goals from four different Wolverines, and as a team they outshot the Yellow Jackets 41-13.
Copp scored the game's first goal at the 9:20 mark of the first period. He received a pass from Lohan, spun around his defender and fired the puck into the upper right corner of the net to give U-M a 1-0 lead. Michigan controlled the first period, outshooting AIC 14-2 and winning 11 of 12 faceoffs.
David Norris scored for AIC less than three minutes into the middle frame to tie the score at one. U-M reclaimed the lead minutes later, when Tyler Motte beat AIC's Alex Murray on his stick side after taking a pass from Copp in the slot. The goal was Motte's third of the season, and it made the score 2-1 with 12:50 remaining in the period.
The Wolverines scored again at the 9:06 mark of the period to take a two-goal lead. Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves passed to JT Compher, who fed the puck to Max Shuart in front of the wide-open net for the easy goal. Then with 1:34 left, Lohan whipped a wrist shot past Murray from the point, extending Michigan's lead to 4-1 going into the second intermission.
Norris scored his second goal of the night with 13:58 remaining in the game. He knocked in a loose puck in front of the net to cut AIC's deficit to two goals. Michigan responded less than a minute later, when Copp deflected a shot by Nolan De Jong from the point into the back of the net to put U-M ahead 5-2 with 13:04 to play.
Michigan won 37-of-58 faceoffs, and neither team could score on any power play opportunity. Zach Nagelvoort finished the night with 11 saves, and Murray turned away 36 shots for the Yellow Jackets.
The Maize and Blue will return to the ice tomorrow night (Nov. 15) for the second game of the series against American International inside Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m. [ Tickets ]
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