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Michigan 8 – Penn State 1


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Michigan center J.T. Compher (7), the 19-year-old sophomore from Northbrook, Illinois, who was the second round selection (# 35 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft before leading the Wolverines in both assists and scoring as a freshman (35 ga, 11 go, 31 pts) last season, notched his first two goals of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign in the third period of the lopsided win over the visiting Penn State Nittany Lions at the venerable Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.
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WORST LOSSES IN PENN STATE ICE HOCKEY HISTORY
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11/22/2014 ……… 1-8 vs Michigan ……………… Ann Arbor
12/28/2013 ……… 2-8 vs Boston College ……… Pittsburgh
12/06/2013 ……… 1-7 vs Wisconsin ……………. Madison
12/28/2012 ……… 0-6 vs Robert Morris ……….. Pittsburgh
02/24/2013 ……… 0-5 vs Wisconsin ……………. Madison
02/07/2014 ……… 3-7 vs Michigan ……………… State College
11/10/2012 ……… 1-5 vs Air Force …………….. State College
01/31/2014 ……… 1-5 vs Ohio State …………… Columbus
02/28/2014 ……… 1-5 vs Minnesota ……………. Minneapolis
11/14/2013 ……… 0-4 vs UMass/Lowell ………… State College

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November 22, 2014
Yost Ice Arena – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attendance: 4,891

MICHIGAN 8PENN STATE 1

22:04 … MICH – Nieves (Compher, Shuart)
29:56 … MICH – Motte (Copp, Werenski)
36:44 … MICH – Hyman (Kile, Larkin)
39:27 … PSU – Holstrom (Bailey, Juha) – ppg
46:00 … MICH – Copp (Lynch, Lohan) – shg
51:32 … MICH – Compher (Shuart, Werenski)
53:37 … MICH – Kile (Larkin, Hyman)
55:54 … MICH – Compher (Shuart, Martin)
56:45 … MICH – Downing (Lynch)

shots-on-goal : MICH 45 ( 12 + 21 + 12 ) – PSU 42 ( 9 + 17 + 16)

penalty minutes : MICH 16 – PSU 10

power plays : PSU 1/8 – MICH 0/5

MICHIGAN : Nagelvoort – Downing, Serville; Werenski, Lohan ; Martin, Piazza – Motte, Copp, Sinelli ; Shuart, Compher, Nieves ; Kile, Larkin, Hyman ; Dancs, Lynch, Calderone

PENN STATE : McAdam – Koudys, Thompson ; Juha, Autio ; Williamson, Jensen – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Loik, Conway, Milley ; DeRosa, Brooks, Olczyk ; Robinson, Gardiner, Friedman

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Penn State 3 – Michigan 2


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Despite having conceded in the opening minute of the contest, a devastating three-goal burst in the latter stages of the first period and continued standout play between the pipes lifted the surging PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS to a deserved 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the MICHIGAN WOLVERINES in the 2014/15 Big Ten Conference season-opener for both teams.

Considered by many to be the second-best team in the Big Ten Conference going into the season, the Wolverines (4-6-0) have made a rather slow start this fall but required only 46 seconds to jump on top of the visiting Nittany Lions as left wing Max Shuart, 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Northville who went pointless in eleven games as a freshman last term, pounced on a loose puck to score his third goal in Michigan’s last four games.

Penn State (7-2-2) needed just over fourteen minutes to get the first puck past Wolverines goaltender Zach Nagelvoort, the 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Holland who was tabbed by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (# 111 overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft this past summer. With the Nittany Lions operating on the power play, a one-time shot from red-hot right wing Casey Bailey from the top of the left faceoff circle deflected off the skate of center Max Gardiner, the 22-year-old redshirt senior from Deephaven, Minnesota, who was the third round choice (# 74 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2010 NHL Draft, standing in front. It was the second goal of this season for Gardiner, the transfer from the University of Minnesota who went goal-less in 22 games for Penn State last season.

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Michigan Wolverines captain Andrew Copp, the 20-year-old homegrown junior from Ann Arbor who was plucked in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft by the Winnipeg Jets and represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, is confronted along the wall by Penn State goal-scorer Max Gardiner (27) as well as Nittany Lions defenseman Erik Autio (20), the 19-year-old freshman from Finland.
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The Nittany Lions grabbed the lead less than twenty seconds after equalizing when right wing Eric Scheid stole the puck from near the blue line in his own defensive zone and then split a pair of Michigan defenders before racing the length of the ice. The 22-year-old redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who transferred from the University of Alaska – Anchorage then beat Nagelvoort on the backhand to notch his seventh goal of this season. Scheid has now scored 18 goals in 47 NCAA games since first donning the sweater for Penn State.

Bailey struck for the Nittany Lions’ third goal in under three minutes after easily picking the pocket of careless Wolverines defenseman Kevin Lohan, the undrafted 21-year-old sophomore from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, at the left point in Michigan’s offensive zone. The 22-year-old junior from Anchorage, Alaska, who now counts 32 goals in 70 career NCAA games for Penn State, skated all the way down the right side before using a slick toe-drag move to cut in between the faceoff circles and snap the puck past the shell-shocked Nagelvoort. Bailey’s ninth goal of this season gave the surging Nittany Lions a 3-1 lead it would never relinquish.

This because Penn State netminder Eamon McAdam, the 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Perkasie who struggled through a difficult freshman campaign last season, continued to display the kind of form that made the New York Islanders want to choose the youngster in the third round (# 70 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft in the first place. Michigan defenseman Michael Downing, the 20-year-old sophomore whom the Florida Panthers plucked in the fourth round (# 97 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, pulled a goal back for the Wolverines early in the third period but it made little difference. Since coming off the bench against the highly ranked UMass/Lowell River Hawks in the first of last weekend’s two-game set, the recalled McAdam has stopped 79 of 83 shots faced for a remarkable .952 save percentage in three appearances this season.

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Michigan Wolverines right wing Cristobal Nieves (12), the 20-year-old junior from Baldwinsville, New York, who was the second round selection (# 59 overall) of the New York Rangers at the 2012 NHL Draft, is prevented from scoring at point-blank range by Penn State goaltender Eamon McAdam as Nittany Lions defenseman Patrick Koudys (3), the 21-year-old redshirt senior who was the fifth round choice (# 147 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2011 NHL Draft, during the Big Ten Conference season-opener at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.
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November 21, 2014
Yost Ice Arena – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attendance : 5,414

PENN STATE 3MICHIGAN 2

00:46 … MICH – Shuart (Lohan, Nieves)
14:06 … PSU – Gardiner (Bailey, Juha) – ppg
14:28 … PSU – Scheid (unassisted)
16:58 … PSU – Bailey (unassisted)
43:07 … MICH – Downing (Copp)

shots-on-goal : MICH 40 ( 14 + 18 + 8 ) – PSU 28 ( 15 + 7 + 6 )

penalty minutes : PSU 10 – MICH 6

power plays : PSU 1/2 – MICH 0/4

MICHIGAN : Nagelvoort – Downing, Serville ; Werenski, Lohan ; Martin, Chiasson – Motte, Copp, Sinelli ; Shuart, Compher, Nieves ; Kile, Larkin, Hyman ; Dancs, Lynch, Calderone

PENN STATE : McAdam – Koudys, Thompson ; Juha, Autio ; Williamson, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Robinson, Conway, Scheid ; Loik, Brooks, Olczyk ; DeRosa, Gardiner, Friedman

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Big Ten Tourney : Penn State 2 – Michigan 1


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The very first Big Ten Conference tournament game in school history provided the perfect opportunity to show why the Nittany Lions ever wanted to make the mighty leap from “club hockey” to the elite level of the NCAA collegiate ranks — and PENN STATE responded accordingly!

Despite having won the sparse total of just seven contests, including only three in the new Big Ten Conference, during the regular season and going into the quarterfinal match-up in St. Paul as decided underdogs, the never-say-die Penn State Nittany Lions were able to parlay diligent defensive play and standout netminding into a landmark 2-1 double overtime triumph over the Michigan Wolverines.

Penn State (8-25-2) did well to kill off three penalties in the first two sessions periods and seized the initial advantage with just 23 seconds to play before the end of the second period. A long home run pass from Canadian legionnaire LUKE JUHA, the sophomore defenseman from Mississauga, Ontario, who led all Big Ten rearguards with four power play goals during the regular season, sent Nittany Lions center TAYLOR HOLSTROM skating in all alone on Michigan shot-stopper ZACH NAGELVOORT, the surprising freshman whose .929 save percentage in 2013/14 would be the second-highest mark in the Wolverines’ storied school history. Holstrom, who finished the regular season in good form having scored four goals in Penn State’s last eight games, had no trouble beating Nagelvoort low to the stick side to register his eighth goal on the 2013/14 NCAA campaign.

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Michigan (18-13-4) were able to haul themselves level with just under nine minutes remaining in the third period after Penn State defenseman MIKE WILLIAMSON, the freshman Canadian import whom the Vancouver Canucks had chosen in the sixth round (# 175 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, made an ill-advised pass behind his own net that was intercepted by Wolverines center CRISTOBAL NIEVES, the sophomore from Baldwinsville, New York, whom the in-state New York Rangers had snatched in the second round (# 59 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft; an alert backhand pass from Nieves found Michigan left wing PHIL DI GIUSEPPE in the right faceoff circle and a quick one-timer from the Canadian legionnaire whom the Carolina Hurricanes selected in the second round (# 38 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft left Penn State goaltender MATTHEW SKOFF no chance whatsoever.

Skoff, the homegrown sophomore from McKees Rock who was the only Penn State goaltender to post a victory throughout the entire 2013/14 NCAA campaign, made a season-high 52 saves in dumping Michigan for a third time this term and was easily the Nittany Lions’ most influential player on the night. Ironically enough, it was actually Penn State’s leading goal-scorer, center ERIC SCHEID, however, who made the most pivotal defensive play of the entire evening in the first overtime with the puck dancing on the goal line after Wolverines center ANDREW COPP, the homegrown sophomore from Ann Arbor who was the nabbed in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, had struck the iron with a backhand shot. Scheid, the redshirt sophomore transfer from Blaine, Minnesota, who led the Nittany Lions with both 11 goals and 20 points in 2013/14 after transferring in from the University of Alaska – Anchorage, stuck his skate out and swept the puck away in the nick of time.

Skoff, for his part, made 23 saves for Penn State while keeping Michigan off the scoreboard during the roughly 33 minutes of overtime play in St. Paul — this after the Nittany Lions netminder had totaled 29 saves during the 60 minutes of normal regulation time.

The greatest Penn State hero of them all would turn out to be none other than ZACH SAAR. The monstrous (6’5″ 235 lbs) freshman right wing from Richland, Michigan, as it was, had also been credited with the game-winning goal when the Nittany Lions defeated the Wolverines 4-0 earlier in the season to secure the all-important first-ever Big Ten Conference victory, as well. Saar gained control of a loose puck in the left circle immediately following a faceoff and whipped a wrist shot that somehow eluded Nagelvoort, who had a remarkable evening with 63 saves, himself, to the stick side.

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March 20, 2014
Big Ten Conference Quarterfinal
Xcel Engergy Center – St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance : 7,333

PENN STATE 2 – MICHIGAN 1

39:47 … PSU – Holstrom (Goodwin, Juha)
51:06 … MICH – Di Giuseppe (Nieves)
92:47 … PSU – Saar (Richard)

shots-on-goal : Penn State 65 ( 13 + 16 + 15 + 13 + 8 ) – Michigan 53 ( 11 + 11 + 8 + 15 + 8 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 8 – Michigan 4

MICHIGAN : Nagelvoort – Downing, Bennett ; Serville, Sinelli ; Clare, Lohan – Guptill, Compher, DeBlois ; Motte, Copp, Hyman ; Di Giuseppe, Nieves, Moffatt ; Kile, Lynch, Allen

PENN STATE : Skoff – Jensen, Juha ; Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley – Bailey, Scheid, DeRosa ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Milley ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, Richard, Saar

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How Do The Michigan Wolverines Sleep At Night?


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Michigan center J.T. COMPHER (17), the 18-year-old rookie out of Northbrook, Illinois, who was a rather high pick of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft last summer, was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year after pacing the 12th ranked Wolverines in scoring during the regular season with 31 points in 34 games.
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MICHIGAN WOLVERINES … (won 18 lost 12 tied 4)
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31 pts … 11 go … 20 as … 34 ga …… J. T. Compher
29 pts … 15 go … 14 as … 29 ga …… Andrew Copp
25 pts … 12 go … 13 as … 30 ga …… Alex Guptill
25 pts … 13 go … 12 as … 33 ga …… Luke Moffatt
23 pts … 12 go … 11 as … 34 ga …… Phil Di Giuseppe
21 pts ….. 3 go … 18 as … 33 ga …… Cristoval Nieves
20 pts ….. 6 go … 14 as … 34 ga …… Derek DeBlois
18 pts ….. 9 go ….. 9 as … 33 ga …… Tyler Motte
17 pts ….. 7 go … 10 as … 34 ga …… Zach Hyman

6 pts …… 3 go ….. 3 as … 22 ga …… Evan Allen
6 pts …… 4 go ….. 2 as … 27 ga …… Alex Kile
4 pts …… 2 go ….. 2 as … 28 ga …… Travis Lynch
3 pts …… 1 go ….. 2 as … 19 ga …… Justin Selman
0 pts …… 0 go ….. 0 as … 11 ga …… Max Shuart

NHL DRAFT PICKS
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COMPHER ……… 2nd rd, # 35 overall, 2013 – Buffalo
DI GIUSEPPE …… 2nd rd, # 38 overall, 2012 – Carolina
NIEVES ………….. 2nd rd, # 59 overall, 2012 – NY Rangers
GUPTILL ………… 3rd rd, # 77 overall, 2010 – Dallas
COPP ……………. 4th rd, # 104 overall, 2013 – Winnipeg
MOTTE ………….. 4th rd, # 121 overall, 2013 – Chicago
HYMAN ………….. 5th rd, # 123 overall, 2010 – Florida
MOFFATT ………. 7th rd, # 197 overall, 2010 – Phoenix

Not very many schools in all the NCAA can say that two-thirds of the forwards in the line-up are legitimate National Hockey League prospects but the Wolverines have failed to live up to their offensive potential oftentimes this season, nevertheless. Canadian legionnaire ALEX GUPTILL, the unpredictable 22-year-old left wing from Newmarket, Ontario, led Michigan with both 16 goals and 36 points in 38 games last season but has seen his production decline somewhat this season and was a healthy scratch of head coach RED BERENSON’s more than once along the way this term. The Wolverines might have also done with just a few more goals this season from CRISTOVAL NIEVES, the 20-year-old sophomore from Baldwinsville, New York, with good size (6’3″ 205 lbs), as well.

It also should be remembered that the nationally-ranked Michigan Wolverines were actually kept off the scoreboard entirely by the last place Penn State Nittany Lions earlier this term.

The most threatening player for the Michigan Wolverines could very well be ANDREW COPP, the homegrown sophomore from Ann Arbor who was snatched by the Winnipeg Jets in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft last summer. The 19-year-old center, who was one of the alternate captains of the United States squad at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Scandinavia this winter, has seen his goal-scoring spike rather dramatically in this, his second campaign of NCAA college hockey. The increasingly dangerous Copp netted 10 goals in 38 games as a freshman for the Wolverines last term but has potted 15 goals on 32 appearances for Michigan thus far this season.

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Michigan blueliner MAX BENNETT (37), the 22-year-old senior from Narragansett, Rhode Island who was tabbed in the third round (# 79 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the storied Montreal Canadiens franchise, is a stabilizing presence on the Wolverines’ otherwise understrength blue line.
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Although the University of Michigan do have four bona fide NHL draft picks among the players comprising its defensive corps, the nine-time NCAA champion do not have a standout defenseman with the credentials of the departed JACOB TROUBA. Most conspicuous in the absence of the current Winnipeg Jets rearguard who was honored as a 2013 NCAA (West) First Team All-America selection after totaling 12 goals and 29 points in 37 games for the Wolverines last season is the lack of a genuine offensive threat on the blue line. Indicative of the lack of depth is the fact that undersized (5’10″ 182 lbs) ANDREW SINELLI, the 21-year-old homegrown junior from Dexter, has spent of his career in the Maze & Blue skating on a forward line until this season.

14 pts ….. 2 go … 12 as … 30 ga …… Mac Bennett
12 pts ….. 2 go … 10 as … 33 ga …… Michael Downing
10 pts ….. 0 go … 10 as … 34 ga …… Kevin Clare

5 pts …… 4 go ….. 1 as … 24 ga …… Andrew Sinelli
5 pts …… 0 go ….. 5 as … 29 ga …… Noel De Jong
3 pts …… 0 go ….. 3 as … 32 ga …… Brendan Serville
1 pts …… 0 go ….. 1 as … 11 ga …… Mike Chiasson
1 pts …… 0 go ….. 1 as … 15 ga …… Kevin Lohan

NHL DRAFT PICKS
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SERVILLE ……. 3rd rd, # 78 overall, 2011 – Winnipeg
BENNETT …….. 3rd rd, # 79 overall, 2009 – Montreal
DOWNING …….. 4th rd, # 97 overall, 2013 – Florida
DE JONG ……… 7th rd, # 197 overall, 2013 – Minnesota

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Michigan netminder ZACH NAGELVOORT (35) was honored as the first team goaltender on the inaugural all-rookie squad of the Big Ten Conference after the 20-year-old homegrown freshman from Holland seemingly came out of nowhere to establish himself as the first choice of legendary Wolverines head coach Red Berenson.
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STEVE RACINE went the distance in between the pipes for Michigan the last time that the Wolverines skated against Penn State but it is all but certain that ZACH NAGELVOORT will start the Big Ten Conference quarterfinal match-up at the Xcel Engergy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday.

Nagelvoort, to review, surrendered five goals to the visitors when Penn State upended Michigan 5-4 at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor not more than a month ago. Furthermore, the offensively-challenged Nittany Lions also chased the Wolverines freshman after scoring three goals inside the first fourteen minutes of the early February meeting at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College. In this, the very first official season of Big Ten Conference play, Nagelvoort has posted a goals-against-average of 4.80 and a save percentage of .876 in three starts against a Penn State squad that struggled to find the back of the net mightily all season long.

Surely the Michigan youngster has to be up all night checking to see if Nittany Lion monsters are hiding underneath his dorm room bed.

0.00 avg … 1.000 svpct …….. 3 min ….. 1 ga …… Luke Dwyer
0.00 avg ….. .000 svpct …….. 1 min ….. 1 ga …… Adam Janecyk
2.26 avg ….. .925 svpct … 1326 min … 23 ga …… Zach Nagelvoort
2.91 avg ….. .912 svpct ….. 742 min … 13 ga …… Steve Racine

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Michigan 5 – Penn State 2


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Less than twenty-four hours after the nine-time NCAA men’s ice hockey champions had suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats by shutout on home ice in the school’s storied history, the hosts bounced back decisively with a strong defensive effort of its own in the return match as the # 10 ranked MICHIGAN WOLVERINES saw off the visiting PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 5-2 to at least salvage a humbling split of the two-game Big Ten Conference weekend series in Ann Arbor.

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After swooping in to receive the fancy, behind-the-back and through-the-legs feed from Wolverines linemate ANDREW COPP (18), opportunistic Michigan left wing TYLER MOTTE (foreground), the 18-year-old homegrown freshman from St. Clair who was the fourth round choice (# 121 overall) of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Black Hawks at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft last summer, fires the puck past Penn State goaltender MATTHEW SKOFF (31) in the eighth minute of the Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match at the sold out Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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February 22, 2014
Yost Ice Arena – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attendance – 5,800

MICHIGAN 5 – PENN STATE 2

07:48 … MICH – Motte (Hyman)
26:58 … MICH – Kile (DeBlois, Serville)
33:07 … MICH – Di Giuseppe (Clare, Hyman) – ppg
48:23 … MICH – Kile (DeBlois, Clare)
52:24 … PSU – Loik (Olczyk)
58:15 … PSU – Holstrom (Goodwin)
59:05 … MICH – Di Giuseppe (Moffatt, Nieves) – eng

shots-on-goal : MICH 39 ( 5 + 22 + 12 ) – PSU 20 ( 5 + 6 + 9 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 8 – Michigan 6

MICHIGAN : Racine – Downing, Bennett ; Serville, Chiasson ; Clare, Lohan – Kile, Compher, DeBlois ; Motte, Copp, Hyman ; Di Giuseppe, Nieves, Sinelli ; Shuart, Lynch, Moffatt

PENN STATE : Skoff (Musico 48:16) – Koudys, Varley ; Sweetland, Thompson ; Yanis, Brooks – DeRosa, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Saar ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Loik ; Richard, Glen, Friedman

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Penn State 5 – Michigan 4


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Absorbing the blow of seeing a courageous comeback attempt suddenly erased by a go-ahead goal scored with roughly two minutes remaining in the contest, the visitors struck back to net the equalizer just five seconds before regulation time expired and then boldly snatched the game-winner late in the overtime session as underdog PENN STATE knocked off # 10 ranked MICHIGAN 5-4 on the road in the first of a two-game Big Ten Conference weekend set in Ann Arbor.

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With the yellow-clad Wolverines student body watching anxiously, Michigan center J.T. COMPHER (17), the highly-touted, 18-year-old homegrown freshman from Northbrook who was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (# 35 overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft last summer, has an excellent opportunity in front of the net but will not be able to successfully negotiate Penn State goaltender MATTHEW SKOFF (31) on the backhand at the sold out Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.
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February 21, 2014
Yost Ice Arena – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attendance : 5,800

PENN STATE 5 – MICHIGAN 4 … (overtime)

05:40 … MICH – Nieves (DeBlois)
06:41 … MICH – Di Giuseppe (Hyman, Guptill) – ppg
07:06 … PSU – Goodwin (Holstrom, Brooks)
15:37 … MICH – Motte (Copp, Hyman)
39:25 … PSU – Bailey (Richard) – ppg
43:17 … PSU – Richard (Olczyk) – shg
57:58 … MICH – Guptill (Compher, DeBlois)
59:55 … PSU – Bailey (Williamson)
64:17 … PSU – Goodwin (unassisted)

shots-on-goal : PSU 44 ( 14 + 15 + 10 + 5 ) – MICH 36 ( 9 + 10 + 12 + 4 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 10 – Michigan 8

MICHIGAN : Nagelvoort – Bennett, Serville ; De Jong, Chiasson ; Clare, Lohan – Guptill, Compher, DeBlois ; Motte, Copp, Hyman ; Di Giuseppe, Nieves, Moffatt ; Shuart, Selman, Kile

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley ; Yanis, Brooks – DeRosa, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Saar ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Loik ; Richard, Glen, Friedman

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Penn State left wing DAVID GOODWIN (9), the soon-to-be 22-year-old freshman from Des Peres, Missouri, reacts after beating Michigan goaltender ZACH NAGELVOORT (35) with a deadly accurate wrist shot in the final minute of overtime at the sold out Yost Ice Arena to net his seventh goal of this 2013/14 NCAA season and cap off a memorable comeback for the ages while providing the Nittany Lions with the very first Big Ten Conference road victory ever recorded in school history.

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Penn State 4 – Michigan 0


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Three goals within a span of less than eight minutes in the middle part of the first period was more than enough to put the home side in complete control while sending a hungering school well on its way to a historic triumph as the decided underdog PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS shutout the # 10 ranked MICHIGAN WOLVERINES 4-0 and successfully concluded its very first Big Ten Conference series with the nine-time NCAA champion in dramatic fashion.

Less than twenty-four hours after not looking so sharp in a 7-3 loss to these very same Wolverines, the re-energized Nittany Lions stormed to the lead when Michigan native ZACH SAAR ( netted his second goal of the weekend. The always important first strike was a direct product of heavy forechecking pressure in the offensive zone by the massive (6’4″ 236 lbs) freshman left wing and his two linemates, experienced center TAYLOR HOLSTROM (24 ga, 4 go, 11 pts), the 23-year-old redshirt junior from Yorba Linda, California, and right wing DAVID GOODWIN (22 ga, 5 go, 12 pts), the 21-year-old freshman from Des Peres, Missouri. Saar took his shot from a tight angle on the right but Michigan starting goaltender ZACH NAGELVOORT, somehow, conspired to let the puck slip through.

It was, very much, a harbinger of things to come.

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Penn State doubled its advantage when Canadian legionnaire DAVID GLEN (20 ga, 3 go, 6 pts), the soon to be 23-year-old sophomore from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, who led the fledgling Nittany Lions with 16 goals in 27 NCAA games last season, quicky exchanged passes with sophomore right wing KENNY BROOKS (24 ga, 2 go, 6 pts) immeadiately following a face-off in the offensive zone. Glen, a left-handed shot working down deep on the left side of ice surface, carried to a point that was actually beyond the goal line before sending the puck straight at the Michigan netminder. Once again, however, Nagelvoort made a complete mess of the situation at hand.

Significantly, surging Penn State continued to place a tremendous amount of pressure on Wolverines in their own defensive zone and were duly rewarded right away when in-form CASEY BAILEY (20 ga, 5 go, 7 pts), the 21-year-old sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, who led the rookie Nittany Lions with 27 points (14 goals) in 27 NCAA games last term, put the puck in the net for the third time in as many games.

Three goals inside of the first thirteen and a half minutes against the # 10 ranked team in all of college hockey was a bit eye-opening to say the least — particularly considering the fact that Penn State had only scored four or more goals in just three of its first twenty-three NCAA games this season coming into the Saturday night tilt with visiting Michigan.

Of course, less than twenty-four hours earlier it had been the Nittany Lions who had decided to unceremoniously yank their own starting goaltender from the contest at the Pegula Ice Arena. Now, it was the turn of respected Wolverines bench boss RED BERENSON to be displeased with the performance of his netminder standing between the pipes. And so, within short order, the suddenly out-of-form Nagelvoort (19 ga, 2.12 avg, .930 svpct) was soon riding the pine.

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Again, to its full credit, Penn State did simply fall back into an ultra-defensive mode specifically designed to preserve what had already been accomplished. Rather, the Nittany Lions continued to skate and generate a good amount of chances in the offensive end of the rink. Indeed, Penn State fired twenty-six shots on target over the course of the final forty-six minutes of Saturday night’s contest with the Wolverines and would have had at least a few more goals, as well, were it not for the standout play of Michigan replacement STEVE RACINE (7 ga, 2.63 avg, .930 svpct), the 22-year-old sophomore from Williamsville, New York, who easily led the Wolverines with 22 starts as a rookie last term.

Racine finished with 30 saves although the hosts (and the sellout crowd of 6,170 spectators) had one more chance to celebrate a goal after left wing RICKY DEROSA (22 ga, 4 go, 11 pts), the surprising homegrown freshman from Aston who has seen his ice time steadily increase all season long, redirected a blue line blast from Penn State defenseman DAVID THOMPSON (22 ga, 0 go, 3 pts, -7 def rat), the homegrown freshman from Glen Mills who has also impressed while winning a steady place in the line-up his first year on campus, with a little less than four minutes remaining.

At the other end, Nittany Lions netminder MATTHEW SKOFF was simply flawless in turning aside all 32 Michigan shots faced to deservedly earn the third shutout of his NCAA career. It was, of course, the 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from McKees Rock who had to endure lopsided losses to both Wisconsin (7-1) and Boston College (8-2) earlier this winter. This on top of the obvious fact that a considerable amount of attention all season, perhaps not surprisingly, has been focused on incoming Penn State freshman goaltender EAMON MCADAM, a third round draft pick of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, as well.

Come what may, Skoff (14 ga, 3.19 avg, .899 svpct) has, indeed, lived long enough to stop pucks another day.

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Penn State defenseman DAVID THOMPSON is the picture of determination personified while carrying the puck into the offensive zone against his opposite number, the blue-shirted Michigan rearguard ANDREW SINELLI, during the history-making Big Ten Conference clash that was watched by yet another overflow crowd at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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February 8, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance – 6,170

PENN STATE 4 – MICHIGAN 0

05:31 … PSU – Saar (Holstrom, Goodwin)
11:24 … PSU – Glen (Brooks)
13:17 … PSU – Bailey (Scheid, DeRosa)
56:09 … PSU – DeRosa (Thompson, Scheid)

shots-on-goal : Penn State 38 (14 + 12 + 14) – Michigan 32 (12 + 10 + 10)

penalty minutes : Michigan 6 – Penn State 2

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Thompson ; Koudys, Jensen ; Williamson, Varley – DeRosa, Scheid, Bailey ; Saar, Holstrom, Goodwin ; Richard, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Friedman

MICHIGAN : Nagelvoort (Racine 13:18) – Downing, Bennett ; De Jong, Serville ; Clare, Sinelli – Guptill, Compher, DeBlois ; Nieves, Copp, Di Giuseppe ; Motte, Hyman, Moffatt ; Kile, Lynch, Selman

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It is Penn State sophomore MATTHEW SKOFF (31) who goes into the history books as the very first Nittany Lions goaltender to record a shutout on the ice surface at the Pegula Ice Arena … Penn State had three shutouts altogether in 27 NCAA games last season with Skoff registering the last two against Fredonia State, a Division III school, and the University of Alabama – Huntsville, respectively. It was Nittany Lions third-string shot-stopper P.J. Musico who claimed the very first NCAA shutout in Penn State men’s ice hockey history last term against Army.

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Michigan 7 – Penn State 3


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Less than two minutes after surrendering a two-goal lead in rapid-fire fashion to begin the second period, the visiting nine-time NCAA champion quickly retaliated with two lightning strikes of its own and then added three more goals in the final frame for good measure as the # 10 ranked MICHIGAN WOLVERINES skated away from the PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 7-3 in the very first NCAA ice hockey match ever played between the two rival Big Ten Conference schools.

The streaking Wolverines, who are rebounding from a ‘disastrous’ 2012/13 season which saw the extremely proud University of Michigan fail to qualify for the annual NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament for the first time in 23 years, entered this contest with slumping Penn State having taken eleven out of a possible twelve points in their last four Big Ten Conference clashes and stormed to a 2-0 first period lead on the strength of goals from bona fide National Hockey League prospects J.T. COMPHER (23 ga, 10 go, 24 pts), the 18-year-old freshman from Northbrook, Illinois, who was the second round selection (# 35 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 NHL Draft this past summer, and experienced Canadian legionnaire ALEX GUPTILL (22 ga, 8 go, 17 pts), the 21-year-old junior from Newmarket, Onario, who was the third round choice (# 77 overall) of the Dallas Stars at the 2010 NHL Draft as well as the Wolverines’ leading scorer last season with both 16 goals and 36 points.

The Nittany Lions, not for the first time this season against a ranked opponent, really pinned their ears back and came out firing on all cylinders to begin the second stanza. CASEY BAILEY, the sophomore right wing from Anchorage, Alaska, who led fledgling Penn State with 27 points (14 goals) in 27 NCAA games last season, netted his second goal in as many games on a rebound in front after Michigan freshman shot-stopper ZACH NAGELVOORT had already been forced into making a trio of saves. New linemate ERIC SCHEID, the little (5’10″ 174 lbs) redshirt sophomore center from Blaine, Minnesota, who has been the Nittany Lions’ most consistent sniper this season, haul Penn State level just one minute and one second later after hustling to cash in on another rebound opportunity after a long shot from center ice by Canadian legionnaire PATRICK KOUDYS, the big (6’3″ 210 lbs) redshirt junior defenseman from Smithville, Ontario, who was the fifth round pick (# 147 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2011 NHL Draft.

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Penn State center ERIC SCHEID, the 21-year-old transfer student who scored six goals in 30 NCAA games for the University of Alaska – Anchorage two seasons ago, raises his stick after notching his team-leading 11th goal of this 2013/14 campaign against the visiting University of Michigan at the soldout Pegula Ice Arena in State College.
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The goal judge at the Pegula Ice Arena certainly thought Penn State had scored a third goal almost five and a half minutes into the second period and mistakenly turned the red light on after a shot from Nittany Lions defenseman CONNOR VARLEY, the 21-year-old homegrown sophomore from Lansdale who led all Penn State blueliners with 12 points (four goals) in 27 NCAA games last season, clanked the post and then ricocheted off of the Michigan netminder Nagelvoort’s skate. But the video replays clearly showed that the puck had never actually crossed the goal line and this event manifested itself into a major turning point almost immediately thereafter. Less than thirty-six seconds after Varley’s alleged go-ahead tally was correctly waved off, the Wolverines responded by retaking the advantage for themselves.

Michigan second line center ANDREW COPP, the 19-year-old local boy from Ann Arbor who was snapped up in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets and represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships earlier this season, sent the Wolverines back in front 3-2 with a long range wrist shot that Penn State freshman goaltender EAMON MCADAM really should have stopped. Nittany Lions head coach GUY GADOWSKY was obviously not impressed and immediately lifted the ineffective McAdam (10 ga, 4.09 avg, .882 svpct), who had conceded three goals to Michigan despite facing only eleven shots in roughly twenty-six minutes. And so onto the ice at The Peg stepped third-stringer P.J. MUSICO, the 23-year-old junior from Orange, California, who is one of the handful of remaining players from Penn State’s “club hockey” past.

The goaltending change seemed to do little good, it shall be noted here, as Michigan third line center ZACH HYMAN (23 ga, 4 go, 7 pts), the 21-year-old Canadian legionnaire from Toronto, Ontario, whom the Florida Panthers plucked in the fifth round (# 123 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, scored on the breakaway to put the Wolverines up 4-2 only fifty seconds after the arrival of the Nittany Lions new custodian.

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Penn State goaltender EAMON MCADAM, the 19-year-old homegrown freshman from Perkasie who was the third round selection (# 70 overall) of the New York Islanders at the 2013 NHL Draft last summer, makes the save with his left pad as Michigan left wing LUKE MOFFATT (9), the 21-year-old senior from Paradise Valley, Arizona, who was claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round (# 197 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, looks for the rebound at the side of the net during the Big Ten Conference clash at the overflowing Pegula Ice Arena in State College.
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Michigan defenseman MICHAEL DOWNING (23 ga, 2 go, 9 pts, + 10 def rat), the 18-year-old homegrown freshman from Canton who was the fourth round pick (# 97 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2013 NHL Draft, celebrated his second career collegiate goal after beating Musico (3 ga, 7.94 avg, .792 svpct) with a big blast from the left face-off circle seven minutes into the final frame.

The Nittany Lions attempted to spark a late rally with about five and a half minutes remaining to be played when mammoth (6’4″ 235 lbs) left wing ZACH SAAR, the 20-year-old freshman from Richland, Michigan, picked up a rebound and demonstrated a critical amount of patience before firing the puck past the Wolverines goaltender Nagelvoort into the top shelf of the net.

Michigan finished off Penn State once and for all when the Canadian import Hyman, who had scored just two goals in 22 games for the Wolverines this season coming into this weekend series with the Nittany Lions in State College, found the back of an empty net with about two and a half minutes remaining. Muscio, who finished with a baker’s dozen saves, was redeployed only to be beaten yet again when Copp connected for his second goal of the game. Both Compher, the promising rookie who finished with four points on his first appearance at the brand new Pegula Ice Arena, and Michigan captain MAX BENNETT (23 ga, 2 go, 12 pts, + 17 def rat), the 22-year-old senior defenseman from Narragansett, Rhode Island, who was the third round choice (# 74 overall) of the legendary Montreal Canadiens at the 2009 NHL Draft, both concluded their respective evenings by totaling three assists apiece.

After the game, the great Wolverines head coach RED BERENSON, the former University of Michigan star who once scored six goals in a National Hockey League game while skating for the St. Louis Blues against the Philadelphia Flyers at the old Spectrum on South Broad Street, graciously reflected, “The score at the end was 7-3 but it was not a 7-3 game.”

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Penn State right wing CASEY BAILEY (25) is double-teamed along the boards by Michigan defenseman ANDREW SINELLI (22), the 21-year-old homegrown junior from Dexter, and Wolverines blue line constituent KEVIN CLARE (4), the 21-year-old senior from New Rochelle, New York, during the very first Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match ever held between the two schools at the lovely Pegula Ice Arena in State College.
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February 7, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,118

MICHIGAN 7 – PENN STATE 3

06:05 … MICH – Compher (Guptill, DeBlois)
09:54 … MICH – Guptill (Bennett, Compher) – ppg
22:59 … PSU – Bailey (DeRosa, Juha)
24:00 … PSU – Scheid (Koudys, Jensen)
25:52 … MICH – Copp (Bennett, Serville)
26:42 … MICH – Hyman (Motte, Downing)
47:03 … MICH – Downing (Selman)
54:29 … PSU – Saar (Milley, Holstrom)
57:23 … MICH – Hyman (Motte) – eng
58:43 … MICH – Copp (Bennett, Compher)

shots-on-goal : Penn State 36 ( 9 + 13 + 14 ) – Michigan 28 ( 8 + 10 + 10 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 10 – Michigan 10

PENN STATE : McAdam (Musico 25:52) – Juha, Thompson ; Koudys, Jensen ; Williamson, Varley – DeRosa, Scheid, Bailey ; Richard, Glen, Brooks ; Saar, Holstrom, Milley ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Friedman

MICHIGAN : Nagelvoort – Bennett, Serville ; Downing, Chiasson ; Clare, Sinelli – Guptill, Compher, DeBlois ; Nieves, Copp, DiGiuseppe ; Motte, Hyman, Moffatt ; Kile, Lynch, Selman

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University of Michigan bench boss RED BERENSON took over sole possession of fourth place on the all-time chart for NCAA career victories by a Division I head coach after steering the Wolverines to a 7-3 victory over host Penn State on Friday night in the first of the two-game Big Ten Conference series at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College …… Berenson was honored as a two-time NCAA (West) First Team All-America in both 1961 and 1962 for the Wolverines before embarking on a 17-year career skating in the vaunted National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings …… Berenson returned to the University of Michigan at the beginning of the 1984/85 campaign and, aside from registering 784 career coaching victories, has led the Wolverines to the coveted national title twice (in 1996 and 1998) while also helping the school from Ann Arbor set a new all-time record with its twenty-two consecutive appearances at the annual NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament.

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On Michigan Goaltending


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The visiting MICHIGAN WOLVERINES have already announced that freshman ZACH NAGELVOORT will be the goaltender standing between the pipes on Friday night at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College when the nine-time NCAA champion drops the puck with PENN STATE for the very first time ever.

One must bear in mind the fact that Nagelvoort did not even make his first career start for the Wolverines until their first three games on this 2013/14 NCAA schedule had already passed. Since that time, however, the surprising 20-year-old homegrown rookie from Holland, Michigan, has been tapped by head coach RED BERENSON to start sixteen of the Wolverines’ last nineteen games and has made himself virtually irreplaceable in the process. There is no question that Nagelvoort’s numbers this term (17 ga, 1.91 avg, .936 svpct) have been of the standout variety — only two netminders in all of college hockey who have appeared in at least one-third of their team’s games this season (senior Clay Witt of Northeastern and sophomore Connor Hellebuyck from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell) currently sport a save percentage that is higher than that of the de facto Michigan first choice.

“I don’t think we need to talk about starters right now or who’s the starting goalie,” the University of Michigan bench boss diplomatically stated last week after the Wolverines had defeated the visiting University of Wisconsin on Saturday night by virtue of the skills competition tie-breaker better known as the shootout. “Right now, Zach’s playing really well and we will see how it goes down the line.”

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Only six netminders in all of NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey who have appeared in at least one-third of their team’s games this season currently have a goals-against-average lower than that of University of Michgan freshman goaltender ZACH NAGELVOORT (35).
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It is, perhaps, very easy to forget it was actually Michigan backup netminder STEVE RACINE who closed out the 2012/13 NCAA campaign by starting the Wolverines’ last ten games in succession while posting the impressive record of eight wins against just one loss in those pivotal end of season contests.

It was also Racine (6 ga, 2.81 avg, .925 svpct) who was guarding the Michigan goal cage when the Wolverines dropped currently # 2 ranked Boston College 3-1 to open their season this past October. But very shortly thereafter, the unlucky 20-year-old sophomore from Williamsville, New York, was forced to leave the ice in the third period of Michigan’s third game of the season against the University of New Hampshire and the stellar form of Nagelvoort has translated into limited opportunities for anybody else. Indeed, Racine, who easily led the Wolverines last season with 22 starts (2.65 avg, .899 svpct), has made only three appearances since that fateful non-conference clash with the Wildcats on the road in Manchester.

At this time a year ago, Racine was still right in the midst of a three-way horse race for the right to be the Michigan number one in net. But then 18-year-old freshman JARED RUTLEDGE (10 ga, 4.24 avg, .854 svpct) surrendered 11 goals in just less than 100 minutes of a two-game series against the University of Notre Dame in early February and the rest is history. Rutledge, of course, did not return to Ann Arbor this season and now turns out for the Green Bay Gamblers in the developmental United States Hockey League.

The third goaltender in Berenson’s mix last season, ADAM JANECYK (11 ga, 3.46 avg, .892 svpct) is still with the Wolverines program. After having made eight starts for Michigan last term, the 23-year-old homegrown senior from Ada has now settled nicely into the role of third-string netminder. Altogether, the veteran Janecyk has appeared in a total of 17 career NCAA games (3.39 avg, .894 svpct) during his time in Ann Arbor.

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University of Michigan goaltender STEVE RACINE (1) could very well make his seventh start of this 2013/14 NCAA season when the Wolverines meet the Penn State Nittany Lions in the upcoming two-game Big Ten Conference series at the brand new Pegula Ice Arena in State College.

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On The Michigan Wolverines


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Currently ranked # 10 in all the land by both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, it is the traditional-filled UNIVERSITY OF MICHGIAN WOLVERINES who will be the second of Penn State’s five Big Ten Conference opponents to actually appear in State College at that new athletic facility on campus in University Park which has drawn such spectacular reviews all season long, the $ 88.0 million dollar Pegula Ice Arena.

The jury is still very much out with respect to the top shelf quality of this particular Michigan side, who presently sport the record of thirteen wins against six losses with three ties. The Wolverines did well to dump powerful Boston College 3-1 in the very first contest of their 2013/14 campaign but have also lost to unranked teams such as the University of Nebraska – Omaha and Western Michigan along the way, as well. However, as seen through the eyes of the NCAA standings, which do not recognize the results from the Big Ten Conference’s controversial shootout tie-breakers, Michigan also failed to best league rival Wisconsin in the four-game season series this term as it was the currently # 12 ranked Badgers who gained the upper hand versus the Wolverines with two wins against a single loss and one draw.

And, significantly, Michigan has still not faced-off against the mighty University of Minnesota this season — doubts with respect to whether the Wolverines will truly be able to muster any serious threat to the # 1 ranked Golden Gophers’ grand designs of becoming the very first Big Ten Conference champion in ice hockey history remain high in many quarters.

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Michigan Wolverines left wing ALEX GUPTILL (23) scored 32 goals and totaled 69 points in 79 NCAA games over the course of his first two seasons playing Division I college ice hockey in the United States.
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Michigan’s legendary head coach RED BERENSON has used many different combinations up front this season but the ALEX GUPTILL – J.T. COMPHER – DEREK DEBLOIS trio was put together in the Wolverines’ ninth game against the University of Nebraska – Omaha and has served as the first line in ten of Michigan’s last thirteen contests. Guptill (21 ga, 7 go, 15 pts), the 21-year-old junior from Newmarket, Ontario, who was the third round choice (# 77 overall) of the Dallas Stars at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, led the Wolverines in goals (16), assists (20) as well as points (36) last season. Compher (22 ga, 9 go, 21 pts), the 18-year-old freshman from Northbrook, Illinois, who was the second round pick (# 35 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 NHL Draft last summer, has recently taken over as Michigan’s scoring leader after notching five points (three goals) in a two-game series with fierce foe Michigan State.

De Blois (22 ga, 4 go, 12 pts), the 22-year-old senior from Narragansett, Rhode Island, who notched 11 goals in 39 games for the Wolverines last season, has seen his production drop this term but did net twice in the game against arch-rival Michigan State at East Lansing two weekends ago.

Michigan’s second line center is ANDREW COPP (22 ga, 10 go, 18 pts), the 19-year-old local kid from Ann Arbor who was the fourth round selection (# 104 overall) of the Winnipeg Jets at the 2013 NHL Draft and a member of the United States squad that appeared at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden earlier this season. Familiar left wing for Copp this season is Canadian legionnaire PHIL DI GIUSEPPE (22 ga, 5 go, 14 pts), the 20-year-old junior from Maple, Ontario, who was snatched in the second round (# 38 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. Slumping CRISTOVAL NIEVES (21 ga, 1 go, 10 pts), the 20-year-old sophomore from Baldwinsville, New York, who was grabbed in the second round (# 59 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers and registered 29 points (eight goals) in 40 games as a freshman for the Wolverines a year ago, has been skating with Copp and Di Giuseppe as of late.

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Michigan Wolverines right wing LUKE MOFFATT (9) has already equaled his career high at the collegiate level having scored eight goals in 21 NCAA games so far this season and, altogether, now counts 27 goals and 39 assists after 135 career NCAA games.
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Canadian legionnaire ZACH HYMAN (22 ga, 2 go, 5 pts), the 21-year-old junior from Toronto, Ontario, who was plucked in the 5th round (# 123 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers, centers the Wolverines’ third unit. Right wing LUKE MOFFATT (21 ga, 8 go, 16 pts), the 21-year-old senior from Paradise Valley, Arizona, who was taken in the seventh round (# 197 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes, scored two goals in Michigan’s 3-1 victory over Boston College to open this 2013/14 season and is the Wolverines’ third-leading scorer, at present. TYLER MOTTE (22 ga, 7 go, 11 pts), the homegrown 18-year-old freshman from St. Clair who was reserved by the Chicago Black Hawks in the fourth round (# 121 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, had been enduring a bit of a drought after netting four goals in Michigan’s first five games this season but struck in each of the Wolverines’ two games against visiting Wisconsin last weekend.

TRAVIS LYNCH (19 ga, 2 go, 3 pts), the 22-year-old homegrown junior from White Lake, brings a good amount of experience (97 career NCAA games to date) at center to the checking line. JUSTIN SELMAN (11 ga, 1 go, 2 pts), the 20-year-old sophomore left wing from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, who posted 10 points (four goals) in 30 NCAA games as a freshman a year ago, sat out six of Michigan’s first seven games this season as a healthy scratch but has regained a regular place in the line-up since. ALEX KILE (18 ga, 1 go, 3 pts), the 19-year-old homegrown freshman from Troy, has appeared in all but four of the Wolverines’ contests thus far.

EVAN ALLEN (15 ga, 2 go, 3 pts), the 19-year-old homegrown freshman winger from Sterling Heights who scored two goals in his first six collegiate games, has sat out the last three contests in succession but, in sharp contrast, MAX SHUART (5 ga, 0 go, 0 pts), the 19-year-old homegrown freshman from Northville, has skated in four of Michigan’s last seven games after seeing very little action previously.

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Michigan captain MAX BENNETT (22 ga, 2 go, 9 pts, + 14 def rat), the reliable 22-year-old senior from Narragansett, Rhode Island, who was tabbed in the third round (# 74 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the storied Montreal Canadiens, anchors the number one defensive unit. The well-seasoned Bennett has already appeared in 127 NCAA games (12 go, 60 pts, + 42 def rat) to date and is one of the very best blueliners all of Division I college hockey. Bennett’s steady partner virtually this entire season has been MICHAEL DOWNING (22 ga, 1 go, 7 pts, + 7 def rat), the 19-year-old homegrown freshman from Canton who was snapped up by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round (# 97 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Canadian legionnaire BRENNAN SERVILLE (20 ga, 0 go, 1 as, + 1 def rat), the 20-year-old junior from Pickering, Ontario, who was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the third round (# 78 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, is the quintessential stay-at-home defenseman for the Wolverines. As matters stand, Serville is the largest (6’3″ 200 lbs) of the Michigan rearguards and has been paired almost exclusively with countryman NOLAN DE JONG (21 ga, 0 go, 5 pts, + 3 def rat), the 18-year-old newcomer from Victoria, Britsh Columbia, who was chosen in the seventh round (# 197 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild. De Jong’s 26 shots on target this season represents the second-highest total among all Wolverines defensemen heading into the Penn State series.

KEVIN CLARE (22 ga, 0 go, 6 pts, -2 def rat), the 21-year-old senior rearguard from New Rochelle, New York, made only nineteen appearances and registered just two assists while posting a minus nine defensive rating as a junior for Michigan last term but has been much improved as well as ever present at the back this season. Clare’s consistent partner for the Wolverines’ first seven games this season was KEVIN LOHAN (7 ga, 0 go, 0 pts, 0 def rat), the promising 20-year-old freshman from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, who injured his knee in an early November non-conference game against intra-state adversary Michigan Tech and was originally projected to be out of action for a period of at least three months. MIKE CHIASSON (7 ga, 0 go, 1 as, + 5 def rat), the 22-year-old junior from Henderson, Nevada, who skated in a combined 60 NCAA games (3 go, 14 pts, + 6 def rat) in his first two seasons with the Wolverines, was tried as the replacement but quickly gave way to former right wing ANDREW SINELLI (14 ga, 0 go, 1 as, – 3 def rat).

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Michigan right wing ANDREW SINELLI (22), the 21-year-old homegrown junior from Dexter who scored three goals and added five assists in 34 NCAA games over the course of his first two campaigns in Ann Arbor, neutralizes Ohio State defenseman JUSTIN DASILVA (25) as Wolverines center ANDREW COPP (18) watches in the background during the Big Ten Conference clash this past fall at the Jerome Schottenstein Center’s Value City Arena in Columbus.
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Despite the fact that the half of the regular Michigan blueline corps these days consists of two teenage freshmen and a converted forward working in front of a first-year starting goaltender who also just so happens to be a freshman on campus in Ann Arbor, it is the nine-time NCAA champion Wolverines who boast a stingy defense (2.23 goals conceded per game) that is currently ranked seventh out of the 59 Division I teams in men’s college ice hockey.

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