Dec. 15, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: Michigan 2, #7 Western Michigan 0
Records: U-M (6-9-2, 4-7-1-2 CCHA), WMU (11-4-1, 7-2-1-1 CCHA)
Attendance: 5,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 29 -- vs. Michigan Tech - GLI Semifinals (Detroit, Mich.), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team scored twice in the third period on the way to a 2-0 shutout win over Western Michigan University (No. 7 USA Today/No. 7 USCHO.com) on Saturday night (Dec. 15) at Yost Ice Arena. Goaltender Adam Janecyk (Ada, Mich.) earned the first win and shutout of his career in his first start of the season, and sophomore blueliner Brennan Serville (Pickering, Ontario) tallied his first career goal, which stood out as the game-winner.
The first two scoreless periods were followed by a two-goal third for U-M, with markers 11 minutes apart. After Serville's opening tally, Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) notched a goal at 12:29 of the third. The goal, Trouba's fifth of the season, is his fourth power-play goal -- a team high. Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) tallied two assists in the matchup, registering the second multi-point game of his career. Nieves now has four points (1g, 3a) in his current three-game point streak.
The Wolverines broke the scoreless deadlock at 1:18 of the third, when a shot by Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) rebounded off Bronco defenders right onto the stick of Serville, who wristed the puck from behind the hash marks over Bronco goaltender Frank Slubowski's shoulder. Nieves picked up the other assist.
Midway through the third stanza, during a Wolverine power play, Trouba blasted in a shot from the left point to extend the Michigan lead to 2-0.
U-M was 1-for-3 on the power play and successfully killed both of Western's power-play opportunities.
Janecyk turned aside all 25 shots faced in his second career start. WMU's Slubowski allowed two goals on 33 shots.
The Wolverines return to game action on Saturday, Dec. 29, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, when they face Michigan Tech for the first game of the Great Lakes Invitational. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m., and the game can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423