Michigan Hockey: Wisconsin at Michigan — Quick Recap
The Saturday night game was a bruiser, thought it would be after Michigan handled the Badgers Friday.
After the Mersch goal in the early 2nd period, which they had carried the play much of the game to that point, Michigan turned the jets on. Motte scored not long after to tie the game, then controversy took over.
Andy Sinelli raced up from his defense position and carried the puck around a Wisconsin defender to the goal. He got a shot off that bounced off of Rumpel (Wisconsin’s netminder) and then back off of Sinelli into the net. The official ruled it a goal on the ice, but the Badgers complained, they reviewed it and it was overturned because Sinelli made contact in the crease with Rumpel. If you review the tape, though, the overhead clearly shows that Rumpel initiated the contact. The goal should have counted.
Minutes later Wisconsin’s Zengerle was hauled down and then scored on a penalty shot. (He also hot dogged it after, giving the old one legged, arms raised like a bird taunt, ala Karate Kid at the Children of Yost.) The Badgers skated off with a 2-1 lead after two periods.
In the third, Michigan had many chances on the PP (0-6 on the night, compared to 0-1 for Wisconsin) but scored right after a failed PP. Luke Moffatt rifled in a screen shot to tie the score 2-2. The line of Moffatt, Motte, Hyman were awesome all weekend and were the most dangerous line all night. Hyman earned the 3rd goal on Friday night.
Neither team could score, although good chances were had, so it went to OT. Michigan had a chance to win it about a minute in, but two shots were stopped with one being off the stick of Andrew Copp who was all alone in the slot and buried it into Rumpel from about 10 feet out. Wisconsin threatened in the last minute, including a goal mouth scramble where they had scored but the goal was waived off due to a player sitting in the crease.
In the shootout, Luke Moffatt was the only player to score, giving Michigan 1 extra point (three points are secured for a win, 2 for a shootout win, one for a shootout loss. It is officially a tie for NCAA purposes/PWR calculations.) Ironically, Zach Nagelvoort stopped Zengerle to end the shootout and gave him a little trash talking.
The Wolverines play at Penn State for their first ever meeting next weekend, while Wisconsin returns home to face Minnesota for a pair. Michigan is in 2nd place in the B1G Ten and are now T8th in Pairwise rankings.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — YostMeister
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