Oct. 17, 2010

Courtesy of Michigan Athletics

DURHAM, N.H. -- Senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) made a career-best 45 saves and the Wolverine power play was perfect on three chances as the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 3 USA Today/No. 3 USCHO) earned a 3-3 tie at New Hampshire (No. 9 USA Today/No. 9 USCHO) on Saturday (Oct. 16) at the Whittemore Center. U-M never trailed but also never led by more than a goal as the Wildcats answered each U-M tally.

Michigan converted on the only power play of the first period for either team at 11:42 to take a 1-0 lead. Junior defenseman Brandon Burlon (Nobleton, Ontario) dumped the puck in behind the UNH net to junior right wing Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Facing the boards, Glendening backhanded a pass into the low right circle where senior right wing Scooter Vaughan (Placentia, Calif.) ripped a one-timer through the legs of Matt DiGirolamo.

Hunwick made two point-blank saves and then got a little lucky with 5:30 left in the stanza. A U-M defenseman tucked the loose puck under Hunwick, but it slid in slowly behind the netminder and a UNH player jammed it into the goal; however, the referee blew the play dead when the puck went underneath Hunwick.

New Hampshire evened the game at 1-1 at 1:37 of the second stanza. Mike Borisenok won a faceoff in the right circle back to Stevie Moses, who shot the puck through traffic and past Hunwick. However, the U-M goalkeeper kept the score tied late in UNH's first power play of the night. Austin Block was wide open on a backdoor pass at the right post, but Hunwick slid across and stoned the Wildcat winger.

Less than a minute later at 7:47, sophomore right wing Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) gave U-M a 2-1 lead. From the outer right hash mark, senior center Matt Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) passed below the goal line to senior left wing Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden), who immediately relayed the puck to the right circle for one-timer that went through the goalie's five hole.

Vaughan and U-M had a great chance to expand the lead with 11 minutes to go. Vaughan blocked a shot and went off on a two-man shorthanded breakaway but elected to shoot and was turned away by the goalie's blocker.

Hunwick was under heavy pressure over the next five minutes as U-M was on the penalty kill for 5:32 straight. Hunwick made 11 saves during that time frame to send U-M into the third period with a 2-1 advantage.

UNH tied the game at 2-2 on a rebound goal by Phil DeSimone at 3:53 of the third frame. DeSimone could have given the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 6:56 if not for Hunwick diving from right to left to swallow up a fluttering one-timer shot from the right slot.

Burlon improved U-M to three-for-three with the man-advantage with a goal at 11:49 to deliver a 3-2 lead. Hagelin made a pinpoint pass from below the goal line on the right side to the left edge of the crease where Burlon buried the puck into the back of the net.

However, Paul Thompson scored at 15:27 on a four-on-three power play to tie the score at 3-3. DeSimone carried the puck behind the U-M net and flipped it into the slot for a high shot by Thompson.

Inside of four minutes left in overtime, junior left wing David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) just missed on a three-on-two rush. At the other end, Hunwick had to make a pad save on Thompson, who had a step on the defense after a long pass. A final faceoff in UNH territory did not develop into a scoring chance and the game ended in a draw.

The Wolverines return home next weekend (Fri-Sat., Oct. 22-23) for a two-game, non-conference series against Nebraska-Omaha. Both games will start at 7:35 p.m. and will be video streamed online at www.BigTenNetwork.com.