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Roundup: Michigan Wins Shootout Over Wisconsin

Ohio State, Michigan Tech Earn Sweeps

CHN Staff Report

Michigan got back on the right track this weekend with a win and tie over Wisconsin. Saturday, Michigan wound up winning the shootout, 1-0, after the teams played to a 2-2 tie, and got five standings points on the weekend.

A penalty shot goal by Mark Zengerle gave Wisconsin a 2-1 lead in the second period, but Luke Moffat scored the tying goal in the third period for Michigan, and Zach Nagelvoort stopped Zengerle, and two others, in the shootout. Moffat also had the lone shootout goal.

The Wolverines took sole possession of second place in the Big Ten standings with 17 points, one ahead of the Badgers, despite going 0-for-6 on the power play.

Michigan coach Red Berenson said, "We've got to play better on the power play. Sometimes it comes and goes. We couldn't get shots through."

Wisconsin was playing without two of its top scorers, Tyler Barnes and Nic Kerdiles, who are both injured.

"(Friday) we didn't play to the level we're capable of," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "People keep talking about having these two guys out, but it doesn't matter, we rose to the occasion.

"The penality killing did a nice job. They blocked shots at key times."

On the penalty shot, Eaves said, "(Zengerle) does (that move) in practice, the guys see it. So the fact he does it in a game is special, but they guys have seen that before."

Elsewhere

Ohio State swept Penn State in a pair of games, leaving the Nittany Lions still winless in its Big Ten history.

Penn State, whose coach, Guy Gadowsky, is known for having teams that get a lot of shots on net, had 47 on Friday, but were limited to just 26 on Saturday. Nevetheless, the Nittany Lions took a 2-0 lead in the latter game, only to lose it over the last two periods.

“We knew we were playing a good hockey team and knew they were going to come out strong," OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. "We didn’t answer the bell early, but I saw a hockey team grow up today. I’m proud of these guys. They never panicked, got in the locker room after the first period and got back to the basics.”

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel had three goals on the weekend for the Buckeyes, including an empty netter.

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One night after losing a shootout to Michigan State, Minnesota responded with a 1-0 win. Kyle Rau scored the game's only goal, 6:44 into the first period.

Adam Wilcox needed just 19 saves for the shutout.

"We played with good tempo and pace throughout the game," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "Adam didn't have to make a lot of big saves. We had a lot of good, quality chances. It was a much better effort from us (than Friday).

"It's all about how well we play without the puck and defensively, and we did a much better job of that tonight."

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It was a bustout weekend for Michigan Tech, and some players in particular.

Junior captain Blake Pietila, with 24 goals in his first two seasons, had just three so far this year, but he scored in overtime to give him team the win Saturday and a sweep of the series with Bowling Green.

Meanwhile, brothers Jacob and David Johnstone, who had a combined five goals so far this season — four by David — each scored three times for the Huskies, more than doubling their collective goal output.

Saturday, the Huskies came back from two one-goal deficits.

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Johnny McInnis scored twice as Minnesota State got a split of the weekend with a 5-1 win over Northern Michigan.

"(Friday) we had a lack of commitment to what we need to do to be successful," MSU coach Mike Hastings said. "But tonight, from our first line to our fourth line, all three sets of defensemen — I think we had more blocked shots in the first period than we had last night."

NMU's only goal came on a penalty shot by Erik Higby.

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