” Owen’s Power scored once and had three assists in his career first four-point game.
” Brendan Brisson scored a power play goal and added two assists to set the pace for the forwards group.
” Goalkeeper Erik Portillo stopped 24 of 25 shots faced to claim his first win of the season.
To place: Ann Arbor, Michigan (Red Berenson Rink at Yost Rink)
Goal: # 3 Michigan 6, Lake Superior 1
Recordings: UM (1-0-0), LSSU (1-2-0)
Next Unified Messaging Event: Saturday, October 9 – vs. Lake Superior State (Yost Ice Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Owen’s Power scored another first Friday night (October 8) as the third-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team beat Lake Superior State 6-1 inside the Yost Ice Arena. The 2021 NHL Draft’s first overall selection – one goal and three assists – was good for its first career four-point game in the 3,000th all-time game of the hockey program.
Erik Portillo made 24 saves between the posts to claim his first win of the season.
The Lakers were fined for stumbling at 6:34 of the game to give Michigan’s highly skilled power-play unit their first opportunity of the season. After settling on the LSSU side and passing the puck around the area, Brendan Brisson scored a shot on reception from the lunge at 7:38 of the first period for a 1-0 um lead. Thomas Bordeleau slid the puck to the goal line to get a Brisson defenseman out of the way and allowed the sniper to strike. Power’s work at the blue line earned him the second assist.
Less than two minutes after Brisson opened the scoring with a power play goal, the first-year forward Mackie samoskevich scored his first career goal after Kent johnson hit him with a clean breakout pass and the Wolverines were leading 2-0. Once again, Power has reclaimed secondary assistance.
With just over eight minutes to go in the first period, LSSU received a minor boarding penalty, but UM head coach Mel Pearson contested the appeal. After video review, the referees determined the game deserved a five-minute major penalty and the Michigan power play was triggered for a full five minutes with a man advantage.
Soon after, Johnson scored a nice deflection goal from the top of the blue paint on a perfect pass from Brisson to push Michigan’s advantage to 3-0 to 12-52 in the first period. At the back, Power had his third assist on as many goals.
After one period, Michigan had taken a three-goal lead thanks to two power play goals.
Fans were almost treated to fireworks early in the second quarter as Wizard Johnson picked up a puck in stride as he hovered close to goal and nearly threw it into the net. On a more physical note, the senior striker Garrett van wyhe drove to the net and hit a loose puck in the blue paint to kick off the scoring in the second period at 3:24. Luc Hugues and Nolan Moyle collected some assists on the play after dropping the puck to its lowest point.
Thirty-three seconds later, the Corn and Blues increased the score to 5-0 when Dylan duc stole the puck from the LSSU goaltender and buried an enveloping shot in the back of the net before the goaltender could return to his far post. Brisson and Bordeleau assisted on the rookie’s first collegiate goal, while captain Nick blankenburg picked up the puck during the celebration to keep it safe.
Moyle was penalized for cutting at 11:27 of the halfway point, his second offense of the game, but the UM penalty killers succeeded once again and kept the score 5-0.
After Power hit the goal post with a wrist shot from the top of the circle with 5:15 left in the period, the first-year forward Marc Estapa made a big turn and made an impact with his physical play.
With two periods in the books, the Wolverines were left with a 5-0 lead while leading 34-20 in shots on goal. LSSU had 1:41 of power play time left to enter the room.
LSSU capitalized and converted with the extra skater on his fourth power play to get on the board. Most of the period was spent rushing the visitors looking for a UM sixth goal.
With 7:48 to go, Power scored a point shot that flew off the goalie’s padding before crossing the goal line. Upper class students Moyle and Van Wyhe collected assists on Michigan’s sixth goal, which marked Power’s college opener at four points.
As the game ended, Jack summers had a massive shooting block with 10 seconds left, up five goals, to put the finishing touches on a great start to the 2021-22 edition of the Maize and Blue. The team’s performance was dominant: 6-1 on the scoreboard, 47-25 in shots on goal and a 38-26 advantage in face-offs.
On Saturday night (October 9), the Wolverines and Lakers return to the Yost Ice Arena to end the series, with Michigan seeking a series opener sweep for the second year in a row. The face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on B1G +.