First Period Dooms No. 18 Miami in 4-1 Loss
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Feb. 3, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - No. 7/8 Michigan netted three first-period goals and scored twice on the power play as the No. 18 Miami hockey team could not overcome the early deficit and fell to the Wolverines, 4-1, Friday night at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan (16-9-4, 10-7-4-1 CCHA) earned its first win of the year against the RedHawks (15-12-2, 11-10-2-1 CCHA) as Miami beat and tied UM in Oxford back on Nov. 11-12.
Despite the loss, the `Hawks outshot the Wolverines, 25-24, including 20-13 over the final two periods. Special teams played a key role in the game as Michigan was 2-for-5 on the power play while Miami went 0-for-6, despite putting 10 shots on goal during the man advantages.
The Wolverines wasted little time jumping in front, as Chris Brown scored just 1:40 into the game. Kevin Clare flipped the puck towards center ice from the defensive zone, creating a 2-on-1 for Michigan. Brown skated in with the puck and instead of passing, fired a low wrister that snuck underneath senior goalie Cody Reichard's left leg pad to put the Wolverines up, 1-0.
Michigan made it 2-0 with 4:23 left in the opening stanza when A.J. Treais found the net. Luke Glendening intercepted the puck after Miami cleared it out of the zone and fed Treais, who skated into the zone and beat Reichard over his left shoulder with a sharp-angle shot from the circle to Reichard's right. The Wolverines quickly made it 3-0 with a 5-on-3 power play goal. Seconds after the second penalty on the RedHawks, Jon Merrill sent a pass through the crease to Treais, who was sitting on the doorstep for the tap-in with 2:37 left in the first period.
After making the switch in net to senior goalie Connor Knapp at the start of the second period, the RedHawks came out firing as junior forward Reilly Smith chipped into the deficit with his CCHA-best 20th goal of the year. Just 31 seconds into the middle stanza, senior defenseman Chris Wideman fed Smith at the blue line where he skated towards net, firing a hard wrister that grazed UM goalie Shawn Hunwick's glove but still hit the twine to cut the gap to 3-1.
Michigan answered just 1:21 later however, on the power play. Twenty seconds into the Wolverine man advantage, Merrill blasted shot from the point that was redirected by Luke Moffatt in front of the net to make it 4-1. The shot was UM's only shot on goal of the period. Miami finished with an 11-1 edge in shots in the second stanza, but was unable to beat Hunwick after Smith's goal. Freshman Tyler Biggs nearly made it 4-2 on a power play midway through the middle period but his backhand at an open net sailed wide.
The RedHawks earned a power play early in the third period but were unable to shrink the Michigan lead. The Wolverines played tough defense the remainder of the game, while finishing with a 12-9 edge in shots over the final 20 minutes to secure the 4-1 win.
Hunwick ended with 24 saves to pick up his 16th win of the year while Reichard had eight saves in the first period in defeat and Knapp ended with 12 stops, all in the third period.
Miami looks for a weekend split with the Wolverines Saturday when the two teams face off again at 7:35 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.