Dec. 2, 2013
Michigan concluded its first Big Ten home-and-home series against Ohio State tonight, sweeping the Buckeyes with a 5-4 win in its first Big Ten conference road contest.
U-M played its first regular-season game on a Monday night since Jan. 18, 1982, a 5-2 loss to Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan played a Monday night exhibition contest against the U.S. NTDP U-18 team on Oct. 3, 2011, and earned a 3-1 victory.
Michigan improves to 74-33-11 in the all-time series against Ohio State. The Wolverines have won the last six meetings between the two sides.
Junior forward Alex Guptill and freshman forward JT Compher extended their team-high point streaks to five games. Guptill had an assist, and Compher recorded his first multiple-goal game in his collegiate career to help the Wolverines earn the victory.
Compher recorded his team-best fifth multiple-point game of the season. He now has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his last five contests.
Dating back to last year, U-M is 18-3-2 in its last 23 games, a run that started with a weekend sweep of Ohio State Feb. 22-23, 2013, at Value City Arena.
Michigan has played one-goal games in nine of its last 10 and has a 7-2 record in those contests. The Wolverines were 4-6-0 in one-goal games in 2012-13.
U-M finished the night 0-for-5 on the power play, snapping a five-game scoring streak on the man-advantage and marking just the third game that Michigan has been held scoreless on the power play. U-M improved to 2-1-0 when scoreless on the power play.
Michigan finished the night 5-for-7 on the penalty kill and is now 49-for-61 (80.3 percent) for the season on the PK.
After tallying a first-period goal tonight, U-M has outscored its opponents, 13-3, in the opening frame this season.