Michigan Dominates Ohio State in 7-1 Hockey Matchup


Michigan Dominates Ohio State in 7-1 Hockey Matchup

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Michigan Hockey Dominates Ohio State in 7-1 Big Ten Opener

In a spectacular display of skill, the Michigan men’s hockey team triumphed over Ohio State with a resounding 7-1 victory at Yost Ice Arena. After opening the 2023-24 season with split series against Providence (at home) and UMass (on the road), Michigan made a powerful statement in their conference debut by outclassing the Buckeyes.

The game ignited with Dylan Duke of Michigan securing the first goal in under five minutes, courtesy of assists from Jacob Truscott and Kienan Draper.

While Ohio State briefly responded with a goal from Thomas Weis that found its mark against Michigan goaltender Jacob Barczewski, the momentum was unequivocally in Michigan’s favor from that point onward. The Wolverines went on an impressive scoring spree, tallying six consecutive goals to establish a commanding lead.

Rutger McGroarty contributed the second goal for Michigan, with assists from Seamus Casey and Gavin Brindley. Soon after, 19-year-old freshman Nick Moldenhauer celebrated his inaugural goal as a Wolverine, thanks to teamwork from Tyler Duke and Jackson Hallum. It’s worth noting that Moldenhauer was a notable third-round pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2022 NHL Draft.

McGroarty and Tyler Duke combined their efforts once more, assisting Gavin Brindley in netting another goal late in the second period, elevating Michigan to a 4-1 advantage heading into the intermission.

Sophomore standout Josh Eernisse showcased his prowess by notching the team’s subsequent two goals, solidifying Michigan’s commanding 6-1 lead with less than ten minutes remaining.

In a final flourish, Draper clinched an additional goal in the waning minute, securing the 7-1 triumph for the Wolverines.

Reflecting on the game, head coach Brandon Naurato remarked, “I thought we were pretty good in the first period… I thought the PK [penalty kill] was outstanding, I thought Jake [Barczewski] was outstanding.”

McGroarty, echoing his coach’s sentiments, noted, “To be honest, I thought we got off to a slow start… And then, second period, my line had a big shift, got a big goal, and then since then, the boys just started rolling.”

The stage is set for a rematch between Michigan and the Buckeyes on Saturday night, as they face off once more in the series finale at 7 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena.

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