Michigan Hockey Review (2/20/15)

Michigan assistant hockey coach Brian Wiseman joined Sam Webb on Sports talk 1050 WTKA today to review of the Wolverines' two-loss weekend at Minnesota last weekend and preview of the upcoming match-up with Ohio State.


Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (16-10-0, 8-4-0-0 Big Ten) will close out an eight-game stretch away from Yost Ice Arena on Friday night (Feb. 20, 7:05 p.m.) at Ohio State (8-16-2, 3-9-0-0 Big Ten), where they began the road swing with a 10-6 win over the Buckeyes on Jan. 16. Michigan is 77-33-12 in the all-time series against Ohio State and has a 36-16-5 road record against Ohio State. U-M is unbeaten in its last 10 games (9-0-1) against OSU, the longest unbeaten run in the series since the 1990s when the Wolverines went 29-0-5 against Ohio State from Jan. 26, 1990-Jan. 1, 1998. The Buckeyes are coming off a split weekend at home against Wisconsin, losing, 3-2, on Saturday night.

• In the last meeting between the two teams, freshman forward Dylan Larkin set a new career high with five points (2G, 3A), and Tyler Motte (2G, A) and Zach Hyman (2G, A) each added a pair of goals to lead Michigan to a record 10-6 win over Ohio State on Jan. 16, in front of 8,156 fans at Value City Arena. Nine different players recorded multiple-point nights, as the Wolverines topped eight goals for the fourth time this season and reached the 10-goal mark for the first time since a 10-3 win over St. Lawrence on Oct. 13, 2011. Michigan jumped out to a commanding lead with four goals in the first period, and Hyman led the charge with a pair of scores in the first 6:00 of the contest. Steve Racine (28 saves) and Zach Nagelvoort (three saves) combined to help Michigan earn the win.

• In that game, Michigan reached the 10 goal mark in a road game for the first time since Feb. 10, 1996, when U-M earned a 12-0 win at Illinois-Chicago. The Wolverines reached the 10 goal mark in a game against Ohio State for the sixth time in program history, and the first time since a 10-2 win at OSU on March 5, 1995. The 10-6 contest marked the most combined goals scored in a Michigan game since Jan. 13, 1990, a 9-8 (OT) loss at Bowling Green. Dylan Larkin led the Michigan offense, recording a career-best five point night (2G, 3A) and becoming the first Michigan freshman to record five points in a game since Oct. 18, 1997, when Mike Van Ryn had five assists in a 6-4 win vs. Colgate.

• In Michigan's last time out, the Wolverines fell 2-0 at Minnesota last Saturday at Mariucci Arena. In his first start since Jan. 23 at Wisconsin, junior goaltender Steve Racine was excellent in net. He made 31 saves, allowing just one goal-against at 4:01 of the first period before shutting the Gophers down the rest of the way. Racine relieved Zach Nagelvoort in the second period of last Friday's 6-2 loss at Minnesota and allowed one goal the remainder of the game, posting a 1.37 goals-against average and .953 save percentage on the weekend.

• Michigan was shut out for the first time this season and just the second time ever in Big Ten play in a 2-0 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. The last time Michigan was shut out was on Feb. 8. 2014 -- a 4-0 loss at Penn State. Michigan was last shut out by Minnesota on Jan. 6, 1979, a 3-0 loss at Yost Ice Arena.

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