Return to the road ends in 3-1 loss for UW men's hockey
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The first road game for the Wisconsin men's hockey team in over two months started well, but ended in sour fashion, as No. 12 Michigan (13-6-2, 5-2-0-0 B1G) capitalized on costly Badger turnovers before holding on for a 3-1 win in Ann Arbor on Friday night.
Despite an even first period, Wisconsin (14-8-1, 5-4-0-0 B1G) headed into the first intermission down a pair of goals and would never come closer than that due to some steady goaltending from Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvoort.
Tyler Motte got the scoring started for the Wolverines 7:50 into the frame, after he took a backdoor feed from Boo Nievesand finished past Wisconsin goalie Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan). The score came after a Michigan steal in the Wisconsin defensive zone, and turnovers would continue to torment the Badgers throughout the game.
Michigan doubled its lead 80seconds later, on a play that started when Nagelvoort thwarted a pair of golden scoring chances for Wisconsin's Sean Little (Fond du Lac, Wis.) at the Michigan net. The Wolverines gathered the puck and JT Compher found Alex Guptill ahead of the pack. The junior deposited the puck in the net to give Michigan the 2-0 lead.
The Wolverines scored off a rebound in the second period to take a commanding 3-0 edge.
Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) tallied Wisconsin's lone goal of the night when a pass to linemate Jedd Soleway (Vernon, British Columbia) deflected off a Michigan defender's leg and past Nagelvort for his ninth marker of the season. Frankie Simonelli (Bensenville, Ill.) and Kevin Schulze (White Bear Lake, Wis.) got the assists on the goal at 13:16.
Rumpel lost for just the third time this season, stopping 31 of 34 Michigan shots in the process. He was aided by his penalty kill unit, which shut out the Wolverines on five power-play opportunities. That made 14-straight successful penalty kills for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin was unable to replicate the effort on its own power play, however, failing to find the net on two chances.
On the other side, Nagelvoort turned aside 26 of 27 Wisconsin shots to get his ninth win of the year.
Wisconsin gets a chance to salvage a split when it returns to the ice at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network.
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