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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