For a game that started out with the University of Michigan hockey team being outshot by the St. Lawrence Saints, Michigan was able to turn it around at the end of the first period and eventually win the game 10 to 3.
It wasn’t pretty hockey, but it was win.
There were “lazy” penalties according to head coach Red Berenson, and the game was a lot closer than the score would indicate.
“If you looked at the scoring chances and the shots on goal…our shots were going in and theirs weren’t.”
Saints player Tommy Thompson found the back of the net nearly 8 minutes into the first period to give St. Lawrence the early lead. They had 8 shots on goal at that point to Michigan’s 2. Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick spent most of those first 8 minutes with his pads on the ice blocking pucks!
Finally at the 15:33 mark, Michigan captain Luke Glendening took charge of the game. He crashed the net to even the score with assists from David Wohlberg and Travis Lynch.
Berenson said of Glendening, “He’s our best back checker our hardest forechecker; our strongest most physical player, and our hardest working. If your captains playing like that, your team can’t be far behind.”
Less than a minute after Glendening’s goal, Luke Moffat did an acrobatic move while on the ice (literally) to give Michigan the lead with assists from Lee Moffie and Mike Chaisson.
Not to be left out, A.J. Treais decided to get involved with first period scoring two minutes later with help from Phil DiGuiseppe and Greg Pateryn.
By the end of the first period, Michigan had managed to catch up to St. Lawrence with shots on goal being even at 11.
The second period started with a beautiful centering pass from David Wohlberg to Luke Glendening for his second goal of the game.
Two minutes later, Chris Brown was called for high sticking and it only took St. Lawrence 7 seconds to score to make it 4-2, Michigan. Kyle Flanagan, St. Lawrence’s captain scored the goal.
Greg Pateryn responded with a goal 2 and a half minutes later on a pass from Mac Bennett and Chris Brown.
Two quick goals were scored back to back within 27 seconds by Lee Moffie and Luke Glendening. The goal was Glendening’s third in the game. It is his first career hat trick.”
“I don’t remember the last time I did that. It was probably a really long time ago.”
Michigan didn’t close out the period the way they began; another “lazy” penalty resulted in Kyle Flanagan scoring another power play goal.
Michigan went into the second period with a 7-3 lead, but was once again falling behind St. Lawrence in the shots on goal.
Phil DiGiuseppe, Lindsay Sparks, and David Wohlberg scored for the maize and blue scored in the third period to bring their total to 10 and finish off St. Lawrence.
Shawn Hunwick blocked 27 of the 30 shots he faced and was replaced by Adam Janeyck with 9 minutes and 14 seconds to play in the third period.
Overall, this game wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the score would indicate. Michigan made a lot of mistakes with turnovers and dumb penalties. They did have their moments when things seemed to click in terms of passing and when one guy got a goal it was followed up with another. “You get a goal and you get a goal and so on…” The fans at Yost were having a great time with their goal chant!
It was nice to see so many of the freshmen contributing to the score sheet (DiGiuseppe, Chiasson, Travis Lynch).
I was under the impression that St. Lawrence was really going to throw their weight around and be the physical team they were when they hosted Ferris State last weekend, but that team didn’t show up. Neither did a physical Michigan team.
The maize and blue will have 8 days to regroup before their next game at Northern Michigan next Friday and Saturday.
This will be Michigan’s first games on the road of the season and the beginning of their CCHA hockey schedule.
“Now the CCHA kicks in, and it’s just that much better. The hockey will be better, everything will be more serious. I think we’re ready for it. We’re going out on the road and we won’t have the comfort of home, but the good thing is we have some confidence at home we have to take on the road,” said Berenson in his post game interview.
Player who impressed me the most today: Mac Bennett
He had St. Lawrence guys attacking him while he took the puck down the ice and he skated right through them with help from the boards. He was also all over the ice making plays on defense by blocking puck with his body or just being a downright pest for the Saints.
As I was writing this Bennett tallied his second assist of the night on Phil DiGuiseppe’s goal in the third period! His first assist came on Greg Pateryn’s goal. He recorded his third assist on David Wohlberg’s goal…the helpers just keep coming!