- Patrick Barron/Daily
By Erin Lennon, Daily Sports Writer
Published October 25, 2013
Seven members No. 13 Boston University hockey team scored seven times against then-No. 2 Wisconsin last week. Through two periods on the road against No. 4 Michigan on Friday night, it looked like the Terriers would need just six shots and a single goal to win.
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That frustrated the Wolverines. So they got even. Then they got revenge.
After tying the game at one midway through the third period, senior forward Luke Moffatt took a hit to the head from a Boston player. More scuffles resulted in a penalty shot for junior forward Alex Guptill.
With his second goal of the season, Guptill made it up to his teammate, as Michigan (4-0-1) completed the 2-1 victory in style.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking to be honest,” Guptill said. “I was thinking about going backhand, but I saw how big he was and I played against (Boston’s goalie) back in the day.”
Early into the third period, the combined efforts of Boston and Michigan — in one of many pileups in the game — moved Boston’s net behind the line and off the surface of the ice as a puck was punched into the goal and out under the posts.
For a moment, the crowd exploded, before holding its breath once again. Upon further review, the goal was turned over and game remained scoreless.
Four minutes after it looked as if it had finally capitalized, the crowd erupted once more, as senior defenseman Mac Bennett found freshman Tyler Motte to tie the score at one on Michigan’s 33rd shot of the night.
Despite dominating possession in the first period — Michigan outshot Boston 14-6 in the first period —the score held at 0-0. On their first power play, the Wolverines were able to pick up their own rebounds, but were unable to find the back of the net. Those missed opportunities, though, came from poor passing that left breakaway offense leaning back to accept a trailing pass.
On a breakaway midway through the second period, a pass from Guptill to senior defenseman Mac Bennett slid just out of Bennett’s reach. Sophomore forward Boo Nieves came equally close to putting Michigan on the board first in its second extra-man advantage, falling into the net in the process, to no avail.
“I thought it was Boo’s best game so far,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson. “We’re going to see more of that when he uses his feet.”
After surviving a shot off the pipes early on, freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort allowed the first goal of the game with just over a minute to play in the first period when Boston’s Robbie Baillargeo completed a shorthand shot to put the Terriers up 1-0. Nagelvoort would rebound on the next play though, snatching another shorthand slap from just outside the crease.
To add icing onto the cake of an otherwise quiet night in net, Nagelvoort skated out of his area to swat away a stray puck before leveling a Boston player. He tossed away his broken stick.
After two periods, Michigan had nothing to show for the lopsided, 30-12 shot advantage it held over Boston.
Meanwhile, Boston goaltender Matt O’Connor was a brick wall in the crease. With 11:37 left in the second period, sophomore forward Boo Nieves skated towards the need for a one-on-one before breaking away from his defender with a clear shot at the goal. It was nothing more than O’Connor’s 21st save of the night — and would stop 42 before time ran out.
“I just said ... ‘Don’t be discouraged if you’re hung up against a big goalie,’ ” Berenson said. “We were playing hard, we got pucks deep and we got a lot of shots around the net. Our team stayed with it.”
For a Michigan team that has struggled with staying strong after the first period last year, this win was all about the finish.