Nov. 21, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan 3, Bowling Green 1
Records: U-M (5-6-1, 2-6-1-1 CCHA), BGSU (2-9-3, 1-6-2-1 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 24 -- vs. Cornell (New York, N.Y.), 8 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After allowing the game's initial marker, the University of Michigan ice hockey team (NR USA Today/No. 19 USCHO) burst out for three second-period goals to triumph over Bowling Green, 3-1, on Wednesday night (Nov. 21) at Yost Ice Arena.
A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), the team's leader points (9-5-14), got back into a tie for the lead nationally with his ninth goal of the season, before Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) tipped in a shot from Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario), who is now tied for second in points (4-7-11), and Justin Selman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) netted his second score in three games.
After killing off a five-minute major -- a game misconduct to Travis Lynch (White Lake, Mich.) for hitting from behind -- midway through the opening period, the Wolverines nearly escaped the frame scoreless, before Bowling Green's Bobby Shea snapped one home with just 2.4 seconds left. U-M, which held a 12-5 shot advantage in the period, did not convert on its two power-play attempts and killed off its only penalty.
The Wolverines tied the contest 4:23 into the middle frame, when from behind the net, Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) found Treais in front, where the captain buried one glove-side. Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) picked up the second assist.
The U-M penalty kill had to come up big again following the tying marker, thwarting off BGSU's second power play of the game and the only penalty on either team in the period.
A little more than five minutes later, the Wolverines turned a tie contest into a two-goal lead with a pair of markers 4:11 apart. First, Guptill won a battle along the boards, skated to the middle of the ice and fired off a wrister that was deflected in by Kevin Lynch, giving the home side a 2-1 lead with 6:59 left in the period.
Selman followed at 17:12, poking home a centering pass from Di Giuseppe for his second goal of the season. Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) earned the initial assist on the play.
In addition to outscoring the Falcons 3-0 in the middle period, U-M held a 15-6 shot advantage.
The Maize and Blue went 0-for-2 on the power play and BGSU failed on its only man-advantage of the scoreless third period.
Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced, while BSGU's Andrew Hammond made 35 saves.
Following a two-day holiday break, U-M will meet up with No. 13 Cornell on Saturday night (Nov. 24) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423