Michigan Hockey: Michigan at Minnesota -- Quick Recap -- Game 1

GBMWolverine Hockey Tidbits2Posted at 7:00am — 2/15/2013

Michigan Hockey: Michigan at Minnesota — Quick Recap — Game 1

big ten hockeyThe Wolverines were overwhelmed early on in Minnesota, falling behind 2-0 and 3-1 and eventually lost 5-3 to the Gophers on Friday night.

Minnesota came out flying and scored within the first five minutes to lead 1-0 after one period. Michigan was fortunate to survive, taking three straight penalties in the period. Starting goaltender Steve Racine fought off the Gophers as they pumped 18 shots to Michigan’s 5. The Wolverines were whistled for two more consecutive penalties in the second period but fell victim to sloppy defensive play that cost them.

A partial breakaway resulted in a goal in the first three minutes again to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead. Michigan struck back on their first PP of the night on Andrew Copp’s 13th goal of the season. Six seconds later and right after the face-off, Minnesota took advantage of a defensive miscue and scored for a 3-1 lead. They would add a PP goal late to make it 4-1 before JT. Compher blistered a short side shot on the PP for a 4-2 deficit after 40 minutes.

In the third period the Wolverines stormed the Gophers and eventually came within a goal on Zach Hyman’s 5th of the season, a power move from the corner around two Gophers and past a sprawling Adam Wilcox. Michigan pressed for the equalizer but could not get a bounce. Minnesota extended the lead again after Michigan’s Tyler Motte broke his stick and couldn’t clear the zone. The play resulted in a blown assignment by the defense and a one time blast from the slot found the net.

Michigan Hockey 2013-2014Michigan’s Michael Downing was given a five minute major shortly after as tempers flared and rough stuff ensued including Downing’s take down of Gopher Captain Kyle Rau.

Both teams meet again tonight. Michigan’s Alex Guptill did not dress and is not expected to play this weekend.

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