Dec. 11, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan 2, Ferris 2 (U-M wins shootout, 2-1)
Records: U-M (10-2-2), Ferris (13-2-3)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Dec. 27 -- vs. Western Michigan - GLI (Comerica Park in Detroit), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After skating to a 2-2 tie against Ferris State Bulldogs (No. 4 USA Today, No. 4 USCHO.com) on Wednesday night (Dec. 11), the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 3 USA Today, No.3 USCHO.com) earned a 2-1 shootout win in seven rounds inside Yost Ice Arena.
Alex Guptill (New Market, Ontario) and Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) provided the regulation goals for the Wolverines, and Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made several stops in the shootout and 29 saves in regulation.
U-M led 2-1 until Ferris's Brandon Anselmini scored at 14:22 of the third to even up the game at 2-2. After a scoreless overtime, Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) scored the clinching goal against Ferris State goaltender C.J. Motte (28 saves) in the shootout.
Ferris State took a 1-0 lead at 13:06 of the first period when Kyle Schempp broke away with a loose puck for a partial breakaway. Schempp cut to his backhand to avoid a Michigan defender in his way and snapped the puck past Nagelvoort.
At 14:26, the Wolverines evened up the score on a fortuitous bounce. Copp attempted to center the puck from behind the net, but the puck deflected off Ferris State defenseman Justin Buzzeo and trickled past Motte and was good to tie the game up 1-1.
The score remained tied 1-1 until Guptill scored an unassisted goal less than one minute into the middle frame. Guptill took advantage of a Ferris State defensive-zone turnover and snapped a wrist shot home for his sixth goal of the season. Guptill has now registered points in six consecutive games (4-4-8).
When neither team managed to score in the five-minute overtime period, the game went into a shootout. Copp scored first for Michigan in the second round when he flipped a backhand shot under Motte's legs. Ferris State's Garrett Thompson answered in the same round to tie up the score 1-1.
In the seventh round with the score still knotted up at 1-1, Kile slid the puck off the post and past the goal line with a backhander, and after a quick review to ensure it crossed completely, the shootout score moved to 2-1. Nagelvoort then denied Ferris State's Justin DeMartino to ice it.
The Wolverines return to game action on Friday, Dec. 27, vs. Western Michigan when they kick off the Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit's Comerica Park. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.
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