Michigan Hockey: Penn State at Michigan — Game 2 Recap
I don’t know if Coach Red Berenson peeled paint in the locker room after Friday, but he got his point across by benching Alex Guptill and starting sophomore goaltender Steve Racine on Saturday night.
Michigan dominated Penn State in all facets for two and one half periods, winning 5-2. The main difference was that Michigan gave PSU no space to operate, laid out some heavy checks (several of the PSU players after the game were icing down shoulders and knees) and limited the Lion’s shots on goal. Racine had little work in the first two periods, as Michigan jumped on top 1-0. Zach Hyman started the play by racing into the Lion’s zone and forced the play behind the net. Tyler Motte then banged in a perfect feed for the lead. Hyman has now gotten points in 8 of his last 10 games. Alex Kile then netted his first of two goals on the night, banging in a loose puck after furious pressure to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead in the second period.
Phil DiGiuseppe accepted a nice feed from Kevin Clare on the PP to extend the lead to 3-0. In the third period, Kyle struck again for a 4-0 spread. Late in the game the Lions scored on a fine play into the Michigan zone on a 4×2 rush. Under two minutes remained when a shot was taken from the corner that deflected off a skate high over Racine, dropped down like a wedge shot off his shoulder and rolled in the net for a fluky goal. The Wolverines added an empty net goal to close it out.
This was perhaps the best defensive effort since early on against BC and BU. Racine was good when he had to be, but wasn’t really challenged. Kile, Hyman and DiGiuseppe all had solid games. Kevin Lohan was in the lineup for the second night and his size and strength was noticeable. Mike Downing and Andrew Sinelli also returned to the lineup. They both laid out several hard hip-checks.
As I mentioned earlier, Mac Bennett was caught by a check just as he was winding up from behind his net with his head down and was taken to the hospital. No word on his injury yet.
The Wolverines will entertain Ohio State Friday night at 6:30pm on Big Ten Network and travel for the rematch Sunday in Columbus at 1:00pm on Fox Sports Detroit.
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