Roundup: Penn State Stuns Michigan
CC Edges Denver in Intra-State Battle
CHN Staff Report
Penn State stunned Michigan at Yost Arena, picking up its first road Big Ten win, 5-4 in overtime.
Penn State trailed 4-3 after Alex Guptill scored for the Wolverines with just 2:02 remaining. But a floater from the point by Casey Bailey found its way into the net with 4 seconds left in regulation, tying the game.
In overtime, a mishandled puck at the offensive blue line by Michigan, allowed the Nittany Lions to come in on a 2-on-1. Freshman David Goodwin went in and buried it for the improbable win.
"That was a great play on a 2-on-1 and give the guys credit, battling back from two goals down," Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said.
Goodwin said he was thinking shot all the way.
"Their D fumbled it at the blue line and I tried to be as quick as I could," Goodwin said. "I know I'd have been kicking myself all night if I passed it to (linemate Zach) Saar and he didn't bury, so I shot it, and good things happened ... Saar is like my best friend on the team, but I felt confident. He could've scored it too, but he would've been mad if I passed it, I think."
Michigan, meanwhile, was beside itself with another loss, dropping it to 6-6-1 in the Big Ten.
"You come to a place as special as this with all the tradition ... and for us to be putting forth this effort ... is unacceptable," Michigan forward Andrew Copp said.
Nebraska-Omaha got a goal from Josh Archibald, his 24th, as it rolled to a 5-1 win over Western Michigan.
The Broncos were 0-for-8 on the power play, and coach Andy Murray called his units "a mess."
"We were rotten tonight," Murray told the Kalamazoo Gazette. He continued: “We just had too many players that we count on not playing at a high level tonight and it is disappointing. I am a pretty positive coach and I like to focus on the positive and that type of thing and make sure to recognize when people are doing things well. Tonight is a night for accountability and obviously I am the coach so it is my responsibility but a lot of losses this year I have taken responsibility. We got a group of guys in that room tonight that need to take some responsibility as well."
Nebraska-Omaha scored three unanswered goals in the third period to extend what had been a 2-1 lead.
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Freshman center Christian Heil, a Colorado native, picked up his first career point, and it proved to be the game-winning goal, as Colorado College defeated rival Denver on Friday.
"It was a real greasy goal," Heil said. "It was a great pass (from Alexander Krushelnyski). I was glad I was able to put it home, and it was pretty special for me to do it in Denver. I grew up 20 minutes north of here, and I had a lot of family here. It was pretty surreal."
Denver was playing without top defenseman Joey LaLeggia, who was out since the previous weekend with an upper body injury; and lost another defenseman, Josiah Didier, in the course of Friday's game. But Denver coach Jim Montgomery made no excuses.
"I am really disappointed, and I really can't hide my feelings enough, by my team's lack of emotion and lack of effort,” Montgomery said.
Colorado College is unbeaten in the last three.
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North Dakota continued its roll with a 3-0 win at Minnesota-Duluth, moving it into a tie for first place in the NCHC with St. Cloud State.
Zane Gothberg stopped 33 shots and Luke Johnson had two goals and an assist for North Dakota. Johnson's assist was for Rocco Grimaldi, who added his 12th goal of the season.
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Miami welcomed Blake Coleman back to the lineup, and earned a welcome win, too.
Coleman scored twice in his first game back from an injury, and Miami knocked off first-place St. Cloud State, 4-3.