No. 5 Michigan wins OT thriller
Treais scores game-winner as Wolverines win on senior night
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A.J. Treais tied for the team lead with two points -- including the game-winning goal in overtime -- to propel No. 5 Michigan past Northern Michigan 3-2 on Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena. The senior night victory sealed the CCHA series sweep of the Wildcats and is Michigan's fourth consecutive home win.
Luke Glendening posted a goal and an assist, while defenseman Lee Moffie tallied two helpers to match Treais' output with two points apiece in the win. Treais extended his career-long point streak to seven games, while Moffie has reached the scoresheet in a career-best six consecutive contests.
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the teams traded goals through the second and third periods. Glendening broke open the scoring, 6:58 into the second period, when his shot from the slot deflected off an NMU defenseman's body and floated in. He tied his single-season career best with his eighth goal of the season to give Michigan the 1-0 advantage.
Michigan appeared to take a 2-0 lead, but a near goal by Derek DeBlois was ruled to have never crossed the goal line. NMU knotted the game at 1-1 with less than three minutes remaining in the middle frame, but Jon Merrill's first goal of the year gave the Maize and Blue a 2-1 edge heading into the second intermission. Merrill now has points in three consecutive games and 10 points in 12 games this season.
The Wildcats clawed back to a 2-2 tie early in the third period as Andrew Cherniwchan, who tallied an assist on NMU's first goal, netted his eighth goal of the year at the 1:15 mark. The third period provided a few quality scoring chances for each team, but both goaltenders stood tall and forced the game to overtime. It marked the second time in four games this season that Michigan and NMU needed an extra frame to decide things.
The overtime period did not last long though, as Treais, who tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout in Marquette on Oct. 22, ended the game just 1:20 into the extra period. Treais' 15th goal of the season, ties him for the team lead with Alex Guptill.
Goaltender Shawn Hunwick picked up his third consecutive victory for Michigan, turning aside 26-of-28 shots. It was Hunwick's 20th win of the season and the 50th of his Wolverine career. Reid Ellingson allowed three goals on 35 shots for the Wildcats.