May 12, 2014
On Oct. 10, Michigan won its season opener against No. 4 Boston College at Yost Ice Arena, as Luke Moffatt scored twice on the power play to help the Wolverines earn a 3-1 win. The opener marked the first time that Michigan began a season against a ranked opponent since 2007-08, when the Wolverines defeated No. 2 Boston College, 4-3, at the Ice Breaker Invitational in St. Paul, Minn.
On Nov. 28, Michigan played its first Big Ten game in program history, hosting Ohio State at Yost Ice Arena. With Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany on hand to drop the ceremonial first puck, Michigan and Ohio State battled in a back-and-forth contest that concluded with Andrew Copp's OT game-winner on a breakaway at 3:38 of the extra frame.
On Dec. 11, No. 3 Michigan hosted No. 4 Ferris State in a matchup of Motte brothers. Michigan freshman forward Tyler Motte played against Ferris St. junior goaltender C.J. Motte, his older brother, for the first time in a meeting of top-five teams at Yost. With the game tied at 2-2 after regulation and OT, Michigan wins the shootout, with Tyler taking a shot against bother CJ, who made the save. Freshman forward Alex Kile scored the shootout-winner on a move that was featured on SportsCenter that night.
The Wolverines participated in the 49th Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 27-28 at Comerica Park, where Michigan played its fifth and sixth outdoor games in the modern era of outdoor hockey. The Wolverines lost in overtime to Western Michigan (3-2) before falling to Michigan State (3-0).
Andrew Copp was selected for Team USA at the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden, in early January. In five games, Copp led the team with five assists and had a plus-3 rating.
Freshman forward JT Compher's four-point outburst (2G, 2A) on Jan. 24 in a 5-2 win at Michigan State was the most by a Michigan player since Oct. 13, 2011, when David Wohlberg had four points (G, 3A) in a 10-3 win over St. Lawrence. Compher also had the the most points in a game by a Michigan freshman in over eight years in that contest. On Nov. 4, 2005, Andrew Cogliano recorded four points (2G, 2A) in an 8-5 win at Notre Dame.
On March 7 in a 7-1 win against Michigan State, junior defenseman Andrew Sinelli recorded his first career hat trick and the first hat trick by a U-M player since Luke Glendening recorded three goals in a 10-3 win over St. Lawrence on Oct. 13, 2011. Sinelli's hat trick is the first by a Michigan defenseman since Jack Johnson had three goals in a 9-4 win over Ferris State on Jan. 26, 2007, at Yost Ice Arena.
On March 15, Michigan earned a 6-2 win over No. 1 Minnesota in front of a sold-out crowd on Senior Night at Yost Ice Arena. Senior forward Luke Moffatt led Michigan with two goals and an assist in his final appearance at Yost. Michigan improved to 7-0-1 in its last eight Senior Night contests and earned its first win over a No. 1 ranked team at Yost Ice Arena since defeating No. 1 North Dakota, 4-3, in the 1998 NCAA West Regional to advance to the Frozen Four.
Michigan earned the No. 3 seed in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament but fell, 2-1, to No. 6 seed Penn State in the first game of the tournament on March 20. In his postseason debut, freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort set a new school single-game record with 63 saves, breaking Robbie Moore's previous record of 61 saves set on Feb. 17, 1973 against Minnesota.
At 92:47 in B1G Tournament contest, Michigan played its longest game since falling to Maine, 4-3, in triple overtime on March 30, 1995, in an NCAA semifinal contest in Providence, R.I.
Michigan's streak of reaching 25 straight conference semifinals, a streak that began in 1990, was snapped with the loss to Penn State.
Phil Di Giuseppe, Luke Moffatt, and Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves played their best hockey of the season down the stretch. Di Giuseppe had Michigan's lone goal against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament and recorded eight goals in his last nine games and has 10 points overall in that span (7G, 3A). Moffatt notched nine points in his last eight games (5G, 4A), and Nieves had 12 points (2G, 10A) in his last 10 games.
Luke Moffatt, who matched a career high with three points (2G, A) against Minnesota on March 15, was Michigan's most consistent weapon on the power play this season. Moffatt led the team and was second in the Big Ten with eight power play goals on the season. He entered the season with four career power play goals. Moffatt had a career-best 25 points (13G, 12A) overall.
Andrew Copp and Zach Hyman also enjoyed breakout years for the Wolverines. Copp led Michigan with 15 goals on the season and finished the regular season with 29 points (15G, 14A). He was tied for seventh among Big Ten skaters with 16 points (7G, 9A) in 20 conference games. Hyman set career marks for points (17), goals (7), and assists (10), finishing the season with 14 points (6G, 8A) in his last 15 games.
JT Compher was selected as the inaugural Big Ten Freshman of the Year, as voted by a panel of Big Ten coaches and media. Compher and Mac Bennett were selected to the All-Big Ten second team, while Andrew Copp and Alex Guptill earned honorable mention. Michael Downing earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team, and Luke Moffatt earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
JT Compher led the team with 31 points (11G, 20A) and led all Big Ten freshmen with an average of 0.91 points per game. His assists mark is also best among Big Ten freshmen. Compher was also tops among freshmen in conference play with 20 points (8G, 12A) in 20 games, and he led the Big Ten and was tied for fourth in the nation with three shorthanded goals on the season.
Mac Bennett was one the league's top offensive defensemen, finishing tied for sixth with 12 assists and seventh with 14 points (2G, 12A). He was tied for sixth among league defensemen this season with a plus-12 rating. Despite missing four league games, he finished tied for third among Big Ten defensemen with 11 points (2G, 9A) in Big Ten play.
Michael Downing had an immediate impact on the Michigan blueline, finishing second among Michigan defensemen with 12 points (2G, 10A) and 53 blocked shots on the season.
Alex Guptill recorded 16 points (7G, 9A) in 17 league games, finishing sixth in the conference at 0.94 points per game. He recorded 25 points (12G, 13A) in 31 games overall, finishing the regular season with 11 points (6G, 5A) in his last 12 games.
Freshman defenseman Kevin Lohan, who missed 19 games with a knee injury suffered on Nov. 1 vs. Michigan Tech, returned on Feb. 21 against Penn State. In nine games since his return he had 13 blocked shots and led the team with a +7 rating in that span. He recorded his first career point with an assist on March 8 at Michigan State.
Goaltender Zach Nagelvoort played well after making his unexpected career debut in net on Oct. 18 at New Hampshire in place of injured Steve Racine. In 24 games, Nagelvoort went 11-9-3 with a 2.20 goals-against average (15th, NCAA) and a .929 save percentage (6th, NCAA). His save percentage is second to Shawn Hunwick's .932 mark in 2011-12 on the school single-season record list. Nagelvoort is the grandson of Dr. Paul W. Gikas, U-M professor emeritus of pathology and a former faculty representative (1982-88) for the U-M Athletic Department.
Michigan head coach Red Berenson earned his 784th career win on Feb. 7 with a 7-3 victory at Penn State, moving him into fourth place on the all-time on the Division I coaching wins list. Berenson passed Rick Comley, who had 783 wins at Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan and Michigan State from 1973-2011.
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