Here’s a look at how the weekend-opening games went for Michigan’s NCAA Division 1 schools.
Wolverines 4, Broncos 3
Rochester native Jacob Trouba scored to give the Wolverines a 3-2 lead, then scored again to give the Wolverines a 4-3 lead. The latter turned out to be the game-winner, as the University of Michigan took Game 1 in their CCHA quarterfinal series with Western Michigan. The Wolverines received first-period goals from Phil Di Giueseppe and Justin Selman, while the Broncos responded in the second with goals from Chase Balisy, Colton Hargrove and Josh Pitt. Michigan freshman goaltender Steve Racine continued his winning ways, stopping 15 shots to earn the win. Western Michigan goaltender Frank Slubowski stopped 26 saves in the loss.
Spartans 3, RedHawks 0
The Michigan State Spartans may have caught the Miami RedHawks sleepwalking through their first game of the CCHA quarterfinal series in Ohio. First-period goals from Matt DeBlouw and Matt Berry gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead early, and it would be all MSU needed on the night. Freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand stopped all 34 shots the RedHawks fired his way, and Kevin Walrod added an empty-netter to wrap things up for the Spartans.
Bulldogs 4, Buckeyes 2
Two goals from Kyle Bonis and two goals from Justin DeMartino proved to be the difference for the Bulldogs Friday night, as they took a one-game lead in their quarterfinals series with the Ohio State Buckeyes. CJ Motte stopped 28 shots for Ferris State, who now moves within one game of a trip to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA championship weekend.
North Dakota 5, Huskies 3
North Dakota didn’t provide for a nice welcome to the WCHA playoffs for Michigan Tech, as the Huskies fell 5-3 Friday night on the road. Ryan Furne, Jacob Johnstone and Riley Sweeney scored for MTU, while Jamie Phillips made 19 saves. The Huskies spent a lot of time in the penalty box; Michigan Tech had 42 penalty minutes in the contest.