Nov. 15, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #7 Notre Dame 3, #13 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (4-5-1, 2-4-1-1 CCHA), ND (7-3-0, 4-1-0-0 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 16 -- vs. Notre Dame (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m. [ Tickets ]
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After giving up two goals in the third frame, the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 13 USA Today/No. 13 USCHO.com) fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (No. 7 USA Today/No. 8 USCHO.com), 3-1, on Thursday night (Nov. 15) at Yost Ice Arena.
The Maize and Blue and the Fighting Irish were knotted at 1-1 early in the second stanza until the last six minutes of the final frame, when the Irish broke the tie with two goals just over four minutes apart. U-M and ND were both 0-for-2 on the power play, but the Fighting Irish put home a shorthanded goal that tied up the game in the second period.
The only goal of the first period went to the Maize and Blue when Justin Selman (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) nabbed the puck in Fighting Irish territory and wristed it up high into the net. The goal was the first of his career as a Wolverine. Selman now has three points (1g, 2a) in his last four games.
At 4:04 of the middle frame, Notre Dame's Mike Voran tied the score with a shorthanded one-timer from the left faceoff circle. Michigan and Notre Dame had one more power play opportunity apiece in the stanza, but neither team managed to convert.
The Fighting Irish and the Wolverines entered the final 20 minutes with 45 seconds of 4-on-3 play from penalties left over from the second period.
At 14:22 of the period, ND broke the tie with a wraparound goal that snuck under the glove hand of Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y), who sprawled post-to-post in an attempt to make the save.
Minutes later, ND's Peter Schneider took a long shot from near the blue line in Michigan's defensive zone that deflected off Mike Chiasson's (Henderson, Nev.) skate and floated into the net to give the Fighting Irish a 3-1 lead.
The Wolverines pulled Racine for the benefit of an extra attacker with 57 seconds remaining in the matchup, but the surge was not enough to chip away at the lead.
Racine turned aside 26-of-29 shots on goal and ND's Steven Summerhays stopped 23-of-24.
Michigan returns to game action tomorrow night (Nov. 16) to finish up the Thursday-Friday series with the Fighting Irish. Puck is set to drop at Yost Ice Arena at 7:35 p.m., with a special on-ice ceremony during the first intermission to commemorate the history of Yost. [ Tickets ]
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423