Dec. 13, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team, was selected as the recipient of the November BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award, it was announced today (Dec. 13). The team will be recognized for its accomplishments at the men's basketball game on Saturday (Dec. 14, noon) vs. Arizona inside Crisler Center.
BASF, the world's leading chemical company, is the creator of the Team Chemistry MVP Award. BASF, which has major facilities located in Wyandotte and Southfield, Mich., will recognize one group in the athletic department from across all sports at least once a month that represents the best qualities of team chemistry and its importance both on and off the field.
Led by head coach Red Berenson, the Wolverines had an outstanding November, finishing the month 5-1 and maintaining a spot in the top 5 of both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
The team and support staff also participated in the first ever Michigan Moustaches for Men's Health initiative. During the month of November, Michigan players along with Berenson and the coaching staff grew moustaches to raise awareness for men's health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer.
The Wolverines began the month with a weekend series sweep of Michigan Tech (Nov. 1-2). In the series opening contest on Friday night, Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored the game-winning goal 3:26 into overtime to lift the Wolverines to a 3-2 victory. Michigan won again the following night, beating the Huskies, 2-1, as Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 22 saves to earn the victory in net. The series sweep helped the Wolverines move to No. 2 in the nation in the polls, which were released on Nov. 4.
U-M travelled to old CCHA nemesis Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 15-16, earning a series split with the Mavericks. After falling 3-2 on Friday night, the Wolverines rallied for a 4-3 win on Saturday, as Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I.) scored the game-winner at 13:53 of the third period.
Michigan earned its most lopsided win of the season on Nov. 22, defeating Niagara, 6-0, on home ice. Copp and Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) each scored two goals, and Nagelvoort made 36 saves for his first career shutout to lead U-M.
The Wolverines closed out the month on Nov. 29 against Ohio State in the first Big Ten Hockey game at Yost Ice Arena. With Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany on hand to drop the puck for a ceremonial opening faceoff, Michigan overcame a late game-tying goal by the Buckeyes, as Copp struck 3:38 into overtime to help U-M earn a 4-3 win.
Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) earned Big Ten weekly awards twice during the month (Second Star on Nov. 5, First Star on Nov. 26), while Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) earned Big Ten Second Star of the Week honors on Nov. 26.
The Michigan ice hockey team features 23 student-athletes receiving endowed scholarships, and kicked off an endowment campaign during the month of November with the goal of raising $20 million to endow every ice hockey scholarship.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 647-8170