Nov. 15, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan 6, American International 3
Records: U-M (4-5-0), AIC (2-7-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 21 -- vs. Penn State (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Five different players scored for the University of Michigan ice hockey team in its 6-3 victory over American International Saturday (Nov. 15) on Military Appreciation Night inside Yost Ice Arena. The Wolverines finished off a weekend series sweep against AIC and improved to 3-1 this season at Yost Ice Arena.
Senior Travis Lynch notched his first career two-goal game, Zach Hyman and Alex Kile each had a goal and an assist, and freshman Zach Werenski added two assists to lead the Wolverines, who scored two power-play goals to snap an 0-for-18 skid on the man advantage. Michigan outshot AIC 46-24 on the night, and Zach Nagelvoort made 21 saves to pick up his second straight win in net.
AIC struck first on a power play when Carson Grolla beat Nagelvoort with a wrist shot at 17:44, but Michigan bounced back and went on to dictate the pace for the remainder of the first period. At the 10:55 mark, Hyman pounced on a loose puck during a scramble in front of the net to tie the score at 1-1. The Wolverines scored again just a minute later, when Lynch deflected in a slap shot from sophomore Kevin Lohan to give U-M the lead midway through the first frame.
Michigan did not take long to score another goal, as Kile put home a rebound during a man-up opportunity to bring the score to 3-1 with 7:21 to go in the first. The Wolverines outshot AIC, 19-6, in the first 20 minutes.
At the 12:41 mark of the second period, sophomore JT Compher found junior Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves open in the slot, and Nieves beat AIC goaltender Hunter Leisner (40 saves) over the shoulder for his first goal of the season.
AIC's Austin Orszulek scored over the right shoulder of Nagelvoort at 8:31 and again at 15:56 to cut the Michigan lead to 4-3, and it stayed that way heading into the second intermission.
Sophomore Tyler Motte came inches from scoring midway through the third, but Leisner made a great save to deny the goal. Then with 9:34 left, Lynch whipped one past the goalie from the left faceoff circle for his second goal of the night. Less than two minutes later, junior captain Andrew Copp's wrister from the goal line during a power play put U-M up 6-3.
Freshman Sam Piazza earned his first career point on the night, an assist on Copp's highlight-reel goal.
Senior Andrew Sinelli almost scored Michigan's seventh goal late in the final period, but his shot rang off the post.
The Maize and Blue is back in action on Friday night (Nov. 21) to open a two-game series against Penn State inside Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m., and the game will be available on Fox Sports Detroit Plus. [ Tickets ]
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