Nov. 22, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #5 Michigan 6, Niagara 0
Records: U-M (8-2-1), Niagara (3-8-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 29 -- vs. Ohio State (Yost Ice Arena) 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Four different members of the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 5 USA Today/No. 5 USCHO.com) registered goals on the way to a 6-0 victory over the Niagara Purple Eagles on Friday night (Nov. 22) at Yost Ice Arena.
Goaltender Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) recorded his first career shutout -- and the first shutout at Yost since December 15, 2012 -- while both Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario) and Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) registered two goals apiece.
The Maize and Blue tallied two goals in the first, one in the middle frame and finished out the third period with three goals within five minutes of one another. Seven Wolverines finished out the night with at least two points, and freshman forward Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) lead the way three points (1g, 2a).
The Maize and Blue jumped on the board just 34 seconds into the first period. Motte nailed his fifth goal of the season when he one-timed a pass from Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.), beating Niagara goaltender Jackson Teichroeb stick side.
Near the end of the period, Motte collided with Teichroeb in the Niagara net just as Copp set up from left side to take a shot. Copp's shot went in just as the net was knocked off its moorings. The officials reviewed the goal, and it was ultimately awarded to the Maize and Blue for a 2-0 lead going into the second period. Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) and Motte picked up the assists.
Michigan began to pad its lead at 10:30 of the middle frame when Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) sent home a rebound shot originally off Luke Moffatt's (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) stick. The goal -- Kile's first -- extended the Wolverine lead to 3-0.
Niagara's offense put the pressure on late in the second period but Nagelvoort successfully turned aside four straight shots faced to maintain the 3-0 score.
At 10:36, the Wolverine's lead was extended to 4-0 when JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill) sent the puck from behind the goal to Guptill, who was waiting unguarded in the slot. Guptill got a hold of the puck and beat Teichroeb glove side.
Minutes later on a Wolverine power play, Guptill nailed his second of the night and fourth of the season to cushion the lead to 5-0. Guptill gained control of the puck near the right faceoff circle, spun around and then snapped the puck over Teichroeb's shoulder.
Copp scored his second goal of the night with 4:31 remaining to give the Wolverines the six-goal advantage. The goal was Copp's team-leading seventh of the season.
Nagelvoort stopped all 36 shots faced, while Teichroeb turned aside 34 of 38.
The Wolverines return to game action on Friday, Nov. 29, when they open up Big Ten play against Ohio State at Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423