Dec. 30, 2012
Site: Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
Event: Great Lakes Invitational (Third-Place Game)
Score: Michigan 5, Michigan State 2
Records: U-M (7-10-2), MSU (6-10-3)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 4 -- vs. U.S. NTDP U-18 (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
DETROIT, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team rebounded from last night's loss to earn a third-place finish in the 2012 Great Lakes Invitational with a 5-2 win over Michigan State on Sunday (Dec. 30) at Joe Louis Arena. Michigan used a four-goal third period to spark the comeback victory and post its seventh win of the season. Three Wolverines finished the game with two points apiece.
The Wolverines struck first, just 4:20 into the game, when defenseman Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) netted his second goal of the season off a pass from captain A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.). Moffie took the pass and fired a shot past MSU goalkeeper Jake Hildebrand to open the game's scoring.
Michigan State tied things up at the 12:39 mark of the opening frame with a goal of its own. Lee Reimer won a battle behind the net and kicked the puck over to Tanner Sorenson, who scooted around the post and snuck the puck past Adam Janecyk (Ada, Mich.) to even the game at 1-1.
The Spartans then scored just over three minutes later, when Matt Berry buried a rebound after Janecyk had made the original save, to take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play.
After a scoreless second period, it took just 1:29 for the Wolverines to tie the game when freshman Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) netted his second goal of the season. Copp took a pass from Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) and snapped a wrist shot past Hildebrand for his second point of the game.
Michigan regained the lead, 3-2, less than a minute later at the 2:16 mark off a Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) power-play goal. Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) found a rebound from a Treais point shot and fired it into Hildebrand's pad. The puck bounced out front to a wide-open Lynch, who fired it over the sprawled out goaltender. Treais finished the game with two assists for his team-leading sixth multiple-point effort of the season.
The Wolverines got an insurance goal from Di Giuseppe at the 9:09 mark of the third, when the sophomore put home his third goal of the season. Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) made the goal possible with a perfect spinning backhand pass right to the tape, allowing Di Giuseppe to score on the wide-open net.
Hyman sealed the win for the Wolverines with an empty-net goal with 1:54 left in the game. The sophomore forward found himself on a breakaway as the trailing Michigan State player was called for a penalty from behind, which resulted in the automatic goal due to the goaltender being on the bench in favor of an extra attacker.
Janecyk made 35 saves for his second win of the season, while Hildebrand allowed four goals on 35 shots. Michigan closed out the afternoon 1-for-1 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The Wolverines return to action on Friday (Jan. 4) when they host the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team at Yost Ice Arena. The game is scheduled for a 7:35 p.m. start and can be seen on Comcast Ch. 900 or heard on the IMG Michigan Sports Network.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423