Dec. 3, 2011
Site: Fairbanks, Alaska (Carlson Center)
Score: Alaska 4, Michigan 3
Record: U-M (7-8-2, 3-6-2-1 CCHA), UAF (7-8-2, 4-7-2-0 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 3 -- at Alaska (Fairbanks, Alaska), 7 p.m. AKT
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 19 USCHO/NR USA Today) fell into a two-goal deficit twice on Friday night (Dec. 2) at Alaska and was unable to fully rebound from either one, falling by a 4-3 final score at the Carlson Center.
UAF's Colton Beck notched his second goal of the night, 4:57 into the third, to regain a two-goal cushion for Alaska, before David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) cut the lead to 4-3 with 9:23 left in regulation. The goal marked Wohlberg's fifth of the year and second in as many games.
Despite a 17-5 advantage in shots in the third period, the Wolverines were unable to find the equalizer and Beck's second tally held up as the game-winner for Alaska.
A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) kicked off the score for the Wolverines, scoring his team-leading eighth goal of the season just 2:47 into the opening frame to give Michigan the 1-0 advantage.
Alaska evened things up 10 minutes later when Cody Kunyk beat goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) to make it a 1-1 game as Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) attempted to get back into the play after coming out of the penalty box.
The Nanooks then opened up a 3-1 lead with Michael Quinn and Beck scoring just seven seconds apart to give Alaska the two-goal advantage less than halfway through the second period.
Michigan made it a 3-2 game a minute and a half later thanks to Lee Moffie's (Wallingford, Conn.) second goal of the season. Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) and Brennan Serville (Pickering, Ontario) each picked up their second assists of the evening on the goal.
Hunwick made 24 saves in the defeat, as the Wolverines put 34 shots on Alaska netminder Scott Greenham, who turned aside 31.
Each team was held scoreless in four power-play chances.
Michigan will look to snap its five-game skid as the clubs wrap up their two-game series tomorrow night (Saturday, Dec. 3) at the Carlson Center, with game time scheduled for 7 p.m. AKT (11:05 p.m. EST).
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423