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Roundup: Guptill Penalty Shot Gives Michigan Win Over BU

Northeastern Still Unbeaten; Yale Opens Season With Loss

CHN Staff Report

Michigan was dominating in the shot column, but couldn't get one past Boston University goalie Matt O'Connor until the third period. But when it finally did, it turned Yost Arena euphoric, pulling out a 2-1 win.

The game winner came on a penalty shot from Alex Guptill. The tying goal came from freshman Tyler Motte, who scored his fourth of the season. With Guptill and Motte leading the way, the Wolverines' offense has looked strong this season.

After BU’s Robbie Baillargeon scored in the first, it was a scoreless second despite Michigan’s 16-6 shot advantage.

Freshman Zach Nagelvoort got another start in net for Michigan, and made 18 saves, as the Wolverines improved to 4-0-1.

Around three minutes into the third period, in the midst of scrum in front of the net, the puck crossed BU's goal line but the score in favor of the Wolverines was called back when it was ruled that Luke Moffatt batted in the puck with his hand.

The score began to turn in Michigan's favor at 7:16 of the third when Motte scored on a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Mac Bennett. Just over a minute later, Guptill was awarded a penalty shot after a hooking call against BU. He wove the puck down and then put it home through the five hole.

BU goes to East Lansing on Saturday to play Michigan State.

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[[Massachusetts-Lowell]] is trying to get back on track after an unexpected slow start, and find the right remedy in winless Michigan State. The River Hawks won 4-1, improving to 2-3 on the season with a game at Michigan on Saturday.

“I think chemistry is earned. I think if we can put together two or three games of solid, compete hockey, chemistry will develop," Lowell coach Norm Bazin said. "This weekend will go a long way in some of that bonding."

Lowell freshman forward Joe Gambardella picked up his first collegiate goal.

Lowell was able to breathe some life into what has been an anemic power play. The team, which entered the game 1-for-25 with the man advantage, got a power-play goal from Josh Holmstrom in the second period.

“Our puck support was much better tonight, and our special teams kicked in and contributed a goal,” Bazin said.

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Cornell scored three goals in the third period to come from behind and defeat Nebraska-Omaha, 5-3. The Big Red made the most of eight power plays, scoring three times including twice in the third period, to win their season opener. The Mavericks fell to 2-3-0 on the season.

The Mavericks trailed 2-1 before tying it in the second period on a penalty shot from Josh Archibald. UNO later took a 3-2 lead into the locker room, but couldn't hold it in the third. Cornell’s Dustin Mowrey tied the game at 7:17 of the third, and just 56 seconds later, Cole Bardreau got free in the slot on a power play and fired a shot just under the crossbar to make it 4-3.

Brian Ferlin scored during a 5-on-3 power play with 1:23 remaining to ice the game.

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Defending national champion Yale opened its season with a 4-1 loss at the hands of Brown at the Liberty Invitational. The tournament, pitting four Ivy League schools, all playing season openers in non-league games, is taking place this weekend at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., home of the NHL's New Jersey Devils.

Marc Naclerio scored twice for Brown, which is trying to follow up a strong finish to last season.

At the other game Friday, Princeton scored in overtime to defeat Dartmouth, 3-2, despite getting outshot 40-20. Princeton goalie Sean Bonar stood on his head, particularly in the first period, to keep the Tigers in the game.

Eric Neiley had tied the game for Dartmouth in the closing minute of regulation. But Princeton freshman Tucker Brockett scored the game winner, the first of his career, just 45 seconds into overtime.

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Northeastern senior Clay Witt made 39 saves as the Huskies defeated St. Lawrence, 6-3, to remain perfect in five games this season.

Sophomore Kevin Roy scored twice, and now has seven already this season, tied with RPI's Ryan Haggerty for most in the nation.

Freshman Dalen Hedges pitched in with three assists.

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