DeBlois' Game-Winner Lifts Michigan to Win at UNO

Nov. 16, 2013

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Site: Omaha, Neb. (CenturyLink Center)
Score: #2 Michigan 4, Nebraska-Omaha 3
Records: U-M (7-2-1), UNO (6-6-0)
Attendance: 6,755
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 22 -- vs. Niagara (Yost Ice Arena), 7 p.m.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) had a goal and an assist and Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period to lead the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team to a 4-3 win at Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday night (Nov. 16) inside CenturyLink Center.

Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) and JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) added second-period goals for the Wolverines, who improved to 5-2 in one-goal games this season.

Sophomore goaltender Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.), making his first start in net since Oct. 18 at New Hampshire, made 40 saves to earn the victory.

Both teams had three power-play chances in the scoreless opening period. Compher had Michigan's best chance at the 15:00 mark, but UNO goaltender Reed Peters (27 saves) made a kick save.

Fifty-four seconds into the middle frame, Copp gave the Wolverines the lead, scoring a power-play goal. Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) took the puck down the right wing and fired an initial shot on goal. The rebound kicked right to Copp, who found an open net for his fifth goal of the season.

A little less than two minutes later, Di Giuseppe took a loose puck at center ice and skated in on a 2-on-1 with Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario). Di Giuseppe kept the puck, made a move around Peters and scored at 2:43 to put U-M up, 2-0. Copp picked up an assist on the play for his third multiple-point game of the season.

Nebraska-Omaha responded, however, as James Polk beat Racine on a jam play from the side of the net at 5:13.

Compher notched Michigan's first shorthanded goal of the season later in the period on a breakaway from the red line. Compher made a move to his forehand to get Peters out of position and put the puck into an open net at 13:39 to give Michigan a 3-1 lead with his second goal in as many nights.

UNO answered just 30 seconds later, as Brian O'Rourke scored from the right point on a shot through traffic at 14:09.

The game remained 3-2 Michigan until DeBlois was called for interference at 11:37 of the third period, giving UNO a late power-play chance. Montpetit capitalized, scooping a backhander past Racine on a rebound in the slot at 13:03.

DeBlois gave Michigan the lead for good on his next shift. Nolan De Jong (Victoria, B.C.) fired a shot from the left point that deflected off DeBlois and right to his feet. With Peters out of position in net, DeBlois cut to his right and scored the game-winner at 13:53.

UNO outshot Michigan 43-31 for the game; including a 22-9 third-period shot advantage.

The Wolverines return home next Friday night (Nov. 22) at 7 p.m. to take on Niagara at Yost Ice Arena. [ Tickets ]

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