Strauss Mann changed the tone of the series between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State University Buckeyes. So far this season Mann is 2-0 for starts against Ohio State, adding 2 shutouts making this his 4th of the season, and 10th of his career.
A scoreless first
Puck drop was at 5:30 p.m., with Mann starting in goal for Michigan and Nappier in net for Ohio State. As he did in their series against Wisconsin, coach Mel Pearson split this series between his 2 goalies.
Even though the period was scoreless, all the action came from the penalties by both teams (2-2), as well as the difference in shots on goal with Michigan leading (10-3).
Michigan makes winning impossible for Ohio State
At 1:09 of the first, Brendan Brisson chips in a quick pass from teammate Thomas Bordeleau to make it 1-0 Michigan; alternate captain Michael Pastujov had the secondary assist.
Ohio State’s Ryan Dickinson takes a 5 minute major for contact to the head and 10 minutes for game misconduct after Michigan coach Mel Pearson challenged a hit on Brisson that went uncalled. Mark Cheremeta served the 5 minute major for Dickinson. This was a turning point in the game, giving Michigan a huge opportunity to score on the power play.
Not even 4 minutes into the major, Dakota Raabe buries the puck from the right-wing. Brisson and Bordeleau both earn their 2nd point of the game, assisting on this goal.
Alternate captain, Jimmy Lambert, skates into the Ohio State zone and takes a shot that bounces out in front of the open net. That is when captain Jacker Becker picked off the rebound, throwing it past Napier, making it 3-0 Michigan; with the secondary assist going to Keaton Pehrson.
Their last goal of the period came not even 2 minutes later Bordeleau put a wrist shot top-shelf after picking up a loose puck; this was his third point of the game. Both Bordeleau and Brisson were on fire, Brisson also picked up his third point of the game with the secondary assist he threw over to York for the primary.
The second ended with Michigan up 4-0.
Brisson and Bordeleau are still on fire
The third starts of with Ohio State having control of the puck a majority of the time. Thanks to Mann, they were not successful at converting any of those to goals.
The first goal of this period came at 12:22 from Eric Ciccolini on Ohio States back up goalie. Lambert earns his second point of the game being the primary assist on Ciccolini’s goal, while Nick Blankenburg picks up the secondary.
Not even 2 minutes later, Brisson takes the puck up the ice and passes to Bordeleau. Bordeleau then earns the pair their 4th point of the game. This fourth point is a season high for the freshman forward.
Michigan came to win, and that is what they did. Ohio State did their best to hold them at bay, but in the end it just was not enough and the script was flipped. Not only was Mann on a roll, but his teammates were as well.
Michigan plays Arizona State at home on Friday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Ohio State goes to Madison, Wisconsin, to play the Badgers Friday, February 26th at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m.