ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Junior forward Jeremy Welsh had two goals and sophomore forward Daniel Carr had a goal and an assist to lead No. 13 Union (7-3-3, 3-2-0 ECAC) to a 6-3 win against No. 11 Michigan (7-7-2, 3-6-2-1 CCHA) in front of 5,022 fans at Yost Ice Arena.
Sophomore goaltender Troy Grosenick made 33 saves, while Michigan’s Shawn Hunwick made 30 stops in net, as both teams recorded 36 shots.
Sophomore forwards Kevin Sullivan and Cole Ikkala and freshman forward Max Novak added scores for the Dutchmen, who were facing the Wolverines for the first time in program history.
Union raced out to a 4-0 lead in the second period and held off Michigan’s comeback attempt with two more goals in the third period.
Michigan scored on its only power play opportunity of the game when Phil Di Giuseppe put a rebound off the back boards past Grosenick at 10:36 of the second period to make it 4-1.
Michigan’s David Wohlberg lifted a backhander over Grosenick at 4:33 of the third period to cut Union’s lead to 4-2.
But Welsh scored his second goal of the game on the power play, taking a diagonal pass from freshman forward Shayne Gostisbehere and firing a shot over Hunwick at 9:22. The goal was Welsh’s 18th career power play goal, four short of the Union record in the Division I era.
Just 57 seconds later, Ikkala scored his first career goal finishing in the slot after a great cross ice pass from Novak to put the Dutchmen up 6-2.
Michigan’s Alex Guptill scored on a partial breakaway at 15:29 to round out the scoring for the Wolverines. The Dutchmen opened with three goals in a first period that included a Michigan shorthanded penalty shot stopped by Grosenick. Union has now scored 21 first period goals in 13 games this season.
On Union’s first power play opportunity of the contest, sophomore forward Daniel Carr corralled a Michigan turnover and beat Shawn Hunwick over the shoulder to give Union a 1-0 lead at 8:40 of the first period. The goal was Carr’s sixth of the season and 16th career power play goal.
Just under two minutes later, sophomore forward Kevin Sullivan stripped Michigan’s Kevin Clare in the offensive zone and beat Hunwick with a low shot on an unassisted goal at 10:31.
Later in the period, with Union on a 5-on-3 power play, Michigan nearly swung momentum back on their side after sophomore defenseman Mat Bodie tripped up Michigan’s Kevin Lynch on a breakaway to earn a penalty shot. Grosenick made a pad save on Lynch’s forehand shot to keep Union in front.
Just as Union’s power play opportunity expired, freshman forward Max Novak beat the Union defense and put his own rebound past Hunwick at 17:34 to give the Dutchmen a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission. The Dutchmen finished 2-of-6 on the power play for the game.
Welsh scored his first of the game at 2:26 of the second period, lifting a backhander over Hunwick to give Union a commanding 4-0 lead.