Michigan hockey winless in its last six games; Union College wins 6-3 at Yost Ice Arena
Yost Ice Arena is considered one of the most intimidating college hockey environments for opposing teams.
Union College wasn’t very intimidated during its first game against the storied Michigan hockey program, taking control early and cruising to a 6-3 win in front of 5,022 taking in a rare Sunday matinee.
No. 12-ranked Union outscored No. 11 Michigan 3-0 in the first period and took a commanding four-goal lead just 2 minutes into the second period. Three of the first four Dutchmen goals were unassisted.
One of the nation’s best road teams, Union is 13-1-1 in its last 15 games away from Schenectady, N.Y., dating back to the end of the 2010-11 season.
Michigan (7-7-2) controlled play for the first eight minutes before Union rattled off four straight goals.
"We couldn't score. We couldn't put our chances in," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "We end up down 3-to-nothing. I thought the first eight minutes might have been the best eight minutes we have had all year."
The Wolverines (7-7-2) -- winless in their last six games -- tried to climb back into the game with goals from Phil Di Giuseppe (10:36, second period) and David Wohlberg (4:33, third period).
The rally was short-lived. Union’s Jeremy Welsh scored his second goal of the game (9:22, third period) and Cole Ikkala added another less than a minute later for a 6-2 Dutchmen lead.
Michigan’s Alex Guptill scored late in the third period.
Union sophomore goaltender Troy Grosenick, who made 33 saves, stopped a Michigan penalty shot in the first period. Michigan's Shawn Hunwick made 30 stops.
Di Giuseppe’s goal came on Michigan’s only power play of the game. Union (7-3-3) capitalized on two of six extra-man opportunities.
Michigan outshot Union 17-5 in the third period to even the shots-on-goal count at 36-36.