Wolverines Stymied by Two UNO Third-Period Goals
Mac Bennett

Nov. 16, 2013

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Site: Omaha, Nebraska (CenturyLink Center Omaha)
Score: Nebraska-Omaha 3, #2 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (6-2-1), UNO (6-5-0)
Attendance: 8,287
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 16 -- at Nebraska-Omaha (Omaha, Neb.), 7:07 p.m. CST

OMAHA, Neb. -- Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) and JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) scored second-period power play goals, but the second-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team fell, 3-2 at Nebraska-Omaha on Friday (Nov. 15) at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Trailing, 2-1, the Mavericks scored twice in a three-minute span early in the third period to take the lead for good. Aaron Pearce scored on a wrist shot from the high slot at 2:58 to tie the game, and Josh Archibald put UNO ahead, 3-2, beating Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) over the shoulder at 5:43.

Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) had Michigan's best chance to even the score on the next shift, but UNO goaltender Ryan Massa made a save on his breakaway chance with 13:47 to play.

In the final seconds of the third, with an extra attacker on for U-M, Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) tried to bank one in off Massa from behind the net, but Michigan could not score on the ensuing scrum.

Massa made 26 saves to earn the victory in net for UNO, while Nagelvoort stopped 28 shots for Michigan.

Michigan, which finished the night 5-for-6 on the penalty kill, took the first two penalties of the game, but held UNO shotless.

Motte had Michigan's best chance in a scoreless first period, firing wide on a 2-on-1 at 13:30.

UNO then took a 1-0 lead on a 5-on-3 midway through the second period. Four consecutive penalties -- the final two on Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) at 8:15 for interference and Motte at 8:52 for tripping -- came back to haunt Michigan. At the tail end of UNO's two man-advantage, Michael Young beat Nagelvoort over the shoulder from straightaway at 10:13.

Michigan responded with two power-play goals late in the period. Moffatt notched his team-leading fifth goal of the season, at 15:45, beating Massa on a one-timer off a feed from Compher at 15:45. Minutes later, with U-M on the power play again, Compher scored his first career goal at 18:48 on a rebound off an initial shot by Moffatt to put Michigan ahead 2-1 heading into the third period.

The Wolverines finished the night 2-for-4 on the power play. UNO outshot Michigan 31-28 on the night.

Michigan returns to action tomorrow night (Saturday, Nov. 16) against Nebraska-Omaha at 7:07 p.m. CST.

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