Wolverines Stymied by Strong Irish Third
Jacob Trouba

Nov. 16, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #7 Notre Dame 4, #13 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (4-6-1, 2-5-1-1 CCHA), Notre Dame (8-3-0, 5-1-0-0 CCHA)
Attendance: 5,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Nov. 21 -- vs. Bowling Green (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No.13 USA Today/No. 13 USCHO.com) gave up three goals in the final frame of a 4-1 loss to Notre Dame (No. 7 USA Today/No. 8 USCHO.com) on Friday night (Nov. 16) at Yost Ice Arena. Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) provided the lone U-M goal in the defeat.

The loss marks the first time Notre Dame has swept the Wolverines in a two-game home series since 1978.

Notre Dame broke open the scoring at 11:41 of the first when Robbie Russo sank a shot from the blue line on a Fighting Irish power play. Notre Dame and Michigan had three power-play opportunities apiece in the first period, but U-M failed to convert any.

The score remained in favor of the Irish until 6:48 of the second period, when Trouba intercepted an Irish clearing attempt in the Michigan offensive zone and sent home a slap shot from the right faceoff circle to tie up the game. The unassisted goal was his fourth of the season.

The final stanza began with both teams locked at 1-1, but the Fighting Irish took advantage of a Michigan turnover behind Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) for the go-ahead goal at 11:03 of the period.

Notre Dame expanded its lead to 3-1 when Mario Lucia snapped the puck up and over Racine's shoulder at 13:30 of the period. With 3:20 remaining in the matchup, Racine was pulled for the man-advantage, but an unassisted empty-net goal by Russo, his second marker of the night, sealed 4-1 score, with 43 seconds remaining.

U-M was 0-for-5 on the power play and Notre Dame was 1-for-4.

Racine turned aside 15 of the 18 shots he faced in the loss, and Irish goalie Steven Summerhays stopped 27-of-28.

The Maize and Blue returns to game action on Wednesday night (Nov. 21), facing Bowling Green for a single-night matchup. Puck is set to drop at 7:35 at Yost Ice Arena.

Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423

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