Freshman Moyle leads Michigan to win, tie vs. No. 6 OSU
Freshman Nolan Moyle scored three goals over the weekend as Michigan defeated Big Ten rival No. 6 Ohio State 4-2 on Friday night and then skated to a 3-3 tie with OSU Saturday night in the Wolverines’ last weekend home stand of the season.
Saturday night was Senior Night at Red Berenson Rink at Yost Arena as UM rallied from 3-1 second-period deficit for the tie.
Joseph Cecconi scored with 8:52 left in the second period and Moyle tied it 9:35 into third. The Buckeyes picked up the extra point, however, as Mason Jobst scored in the 3-on-3 overtime period.
Michigan defenseman Nick Blankenburg, also a freshman, had a goal and an assist Saturday. Afterward he summed up his team’s possibilities on www.goblue.com:
“We know that we can play with anyone, and that if we play our game and all buy into that, there's no reason that we can't win the Big Ten and continue our season and go onto the national tournament and make a run there.”
The Wolverines are 13-12-7 overall and 9-8-5-2 in the Big Ten.
Moyle’s two goals in the third period on Friday night propelled U-M to the win.
He scored at 9:30 and 16:49 of the third after Quinn Hughes had knotted the game 1-1 at 19:58 of the second.
Tanner Laczynski scored for OSU at 5:44 of the third to give the lead back to the Buckeyes before Moyle went to work.
NMU sweeps No. 18 LSSU
Northern Michigan swept No. 18 Lake Superior State at Marquette’s Berry Events Center.
The Wildcats (17-14-2 and 16-8-2-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association) defeated their Upper Peninsula rivals 4-2 on Friday night and 5-3 on Saturday.
Denver Pierce scored twice in the third period to break a 3-3 tie on Saturday night. Kyle Loggins added two goals and an assist; Adam Rockwood had four assists, and Atte Tolvanen made 26 saves.
Brayden Gelsinger had a goal and two assists for the Lakers (20-10-2 and 15-9-2), and Ashton Calder contributed a goal and an assist. Mareks Mitens stopped 23 shots.
WMU splits against Colorado College
No. 8 Western Michigan split two games at Colorado College over the weekend.
The Broncos (18-11-1, 11-8-1-1 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference) won 5-4 in overtime on Friday before falling 8-2 on Saturday night.
Colorado College’s Ben Copeland scored four goals and Grant Cruickshank scored twice on Saturday. Trevor Gooch had four assists.
Hugh McGing’s second goal of the game, 18 seconds into overtime, completed WMU’s comeback from a 4-2 early third-period deficit on Friday. McGing (4:24), and Austin Rueschhoff (6:23) scored in third to tie the game 4-4.
Ethan Frank added a goal and an assist, and Trevor Gorsuch made 29 saves.