Michigan Hockey: Minnesota at Michigan — Game 2 Notes
Saturday, March 15 • 7:00 p.m. ET
Yost Ice Arena • Ann Arbor, Mich.
TV: Big Ten Network (Dan Kelly, PxP; Fred Pletsch, Color; Doug Karsch, Reporter)
Radio: IMG Sports Network (Al Randall, PxP; Bill Trainor, Color
Michigan (17-12-4, 9-8-2-1 Big Ten) closes out the regular season against No. 1 Minnesota (25-4-6, 14-2-3 Big Ten) tonight on Senior Night at Yost Ice Arena. The Wolverines are winless in their last four games against Minnesota. Michigan last defeated the Gophers on Nov. 27, 2009, earning a 6-0 win over Minnesota in the College Hockey Showcase at Yost Ice Arena. Minnesota is Michigan’s second oldest rival, with the first meeting taking place on Jan. 23, 1923 (L, 2-0) at Minnesota.
Both Michigan and Minnesota were members of the WCHA from 1951-1981, before Michigan left for the CCHA before the start of the 1981-82 season. During that time period, Michigan and Minnesota met in the 1953 NCAA Championship Game, with Michigan earning a 7-3 win over the Gophers for their third straight national title and fourth overall. Michigan and Minnesota have met three times in the Frozen Four (1953, 2002, 2003).
After last night’s loss, Michigan fell to 7-12-3 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll. Michigan’s last win against a team ranked No. 1 in the nation came on April 7, 2011, when the Wolverines defeated No. 1 North Dakota to advance to the 2011 national championship game.
The Wolverines are 0-5-1 in their last six games against top-ranked teams at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan’s last win against a No. 1 ranked team in the USCHO.com poll at Yost came on Mar. 28, 1998, when the Wolverines beat No. 1 North Dakota, 4-3, in the NCAA West Regional to advance to the Frozen Four en route to the 1998 national championship.
Andrew Copp snapped a seven-game goal scoring drought, his longest of the season, with his goal in the first period. Copp leads the team with 14 goals on the season. Tyler Motte and Zach Hyman picked up assists on the play. Hyman now has 13 points (5G, 8A) in his last 13 games and a career-best 16 points (6G, 10A) this season.
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