DETROIT – In the last four games of “Duel in D” Michigan has always won against Michigan.
The series continued on Saturday night.
In the 336th meeting of the two teams “Raamahi” had the advantage. After defeating the Spartans 6-2 the night before, No. 4 Michigan (23-7-1 overall, 14-6-0 Big Ten) battled the failed state of Michigan (11-17-1, 5-14-0). ) side, victory 7-3.
Freshman forward Maki Samaskevich started for Wolverine. Scoring a forehand, he went to the backhand and threw the puck. A few minutes later Michigan earned its first position in strength and won.
The puck, which bounced in front of the net, freshman forward Dylan Duke got his stick at the end, scoring Wolverine’s second goal.
The next best chance for Michigan was through senior forward Nolan Moyle. One on one with the Michigan goalkeeper, he waved the puck and failed to score Wolverine’s third goal.
The game changed in the second period when freshman Mark Estap earned a big penalty, the ninth for Michigan this season.
“We can’t continue to take serious penalties,” Michigan coach Mel Pearson said. “We’re not too much of a physical team, and we have a lot of puck. We need to get better because it could bite you in the back on the road. ”
However, Wolverines sought to maintain their momentum.
In the ninth minute, freshman defender Luke Hughes raised his right wing and gave a pass to senior forward Jimmy Lambert to hit the goal. Michigan had its first goal in short hands.
“All I had to do was be ready for it, and it would be on my tape,” Lambert said. “That’s exactly what he did. A perfect pass on a saucer and I didn’t have to do anything but put it in the net. “
Next, second-year forward Thomas Bordello scored, but less than a minute later the state of Michigan responded. Hitting from the blue line, he received the top 90th mark. Seconds after the Spartans scored again, hitting the puck by junior defender Kitan Person.
Five minutes before the end of this period, Lambert again provided his assistance. Moving the puck from one rack to another, he pushed it for his team.
“It’s a good feeling for myself, but the way we played all weekend is even better,” Lambert said. “We followed this without some of our best players. We had guys who took on bigger roles. It shows our depth. “
Michigan reacted after sophomore defender Jacob Trascot hit the opponent’s puck. Going forward and forward in the second, junior forward Nick Granovich, who was in and out all year, knocked out in the last part of the period and increased his lead 6-3.
“He was probably our most productive player last year,” Pearson said. “This year because of our depth he’s been in and out, but we’re going to need these guys like we needed them tonight. Granovich, this is a big goal he scored. “
The Wolverines failed to score their third position in the last period, but sought to maintain a three-goal lead. Michigan played conservatively to formalize victory. But Michigan’s ability to score two goals in 30 seconds in the second period made it a game for anyone.
Wolverine secured the victory with a blow from Hughes in the last 15 seconds, gaining the fourth victory over the Spartans this season.
“It’s always a close and physical game (against Michigan),” Lambert said. “Whoever wants this the most that particular night wins, and this weekend we wanted it more.” For the first time since 2020, “Duel in D” is back – and the trophy remains in Michigan’s office.