Wolverines dominate Boston University, 9-2, for first marquee win of the season


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With each groups skating at even energy, it could were a quite nearer recreation. Instead, the No. 6 Michigan hockey workforce took merit of two five-minutes majors to attain 4 targets in the first 11 mins of an eventual 9-2 blasting of No. 9 Boston University. 

The Wolverines were given on the board at 14:20 of the first length on a purpose from Gavin Brindley, who knocked house a cross-crease move from Jacob Truscott. Then the Terriers dedicated a couple of five-minute majors, each for touch to the head, and Michigan didn’t waste the prolonged 5-on-3 alternative. 

First got here Mackie Samoskevich on a one-timer from the slot. Then got here TJ Hughes, cleansing up a free puck that goaltender Drew Commesso couldn’t in finding. Finally got here Seamus Casey, who fired house a supply from Rutger McGroarty. 

Those 3 targets in two mins made it 4-0 via halfway via the first, and the consequence was once by no means in point of fact in query after that. 

Not that the Wolverines stopped scoring. In the 2nd length, they added a 5th off the stick of Dylan Duke and — ahead of the celebrations had ended — a 6th on Casey’s 2nd of the night time. Time between targets: 11 seconds. BU scored on a ruin to get on the board, however Michigan responded with Samoskevich’s 2nd of the night time, cleansing up a rebound after a breakaway alternative of their very own. 

That made it seven on the night time for the Wolverines — a ranking possibly better-suited for the Big House, a couple of blocks away. But it didn’t glance too out of position on the scoreboard at Yost, both, as the groups headed to the locker room for the 2nd intermission.

The cappers for the Wolverines got here in the 3rd length. First, Luke Hughes — the top-five NHL Draft pick out — scored off Mark Estapa’s face-off win. It was once his first purpose of the season, one who guarantees to be a memorable one for the long run New Jersey Devil after he was once a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award closing yr. The ultimate U-M purpose of the onslaught was once off the stick of Rutger McGroarty, who notched the first of his U-M occupation on a slick wrister in the last mins. 

Between the pipes for Michigan, internet minder Erik Portillo was once improbable. The best purpose he allowed via 59 mins was once a two-on-the-goalie breakaway, and the junior made a number of spectacular saves to verify the consequence was once by no means remotely unsure when they constructed the early lead. BU scored on the energy play with 30 seconds final for the ultimate ranking line, on that did little to cut back the magnitude of their defeat.

Three stars: Adam Fantilli, Seamus Casey, Mackie Samoskevich

What it approach 

This was once Michigan’s first marquee win of the 2022-23 season and of the Brandon Naurato technology. While early non-conference video games — particularly at house — don’t ensure a a hit season, it was once encouraging to look a tender Wolverines workforce care for its composure and take merit of its alternatives in opposition to a skilled Boston University facet. 

That is particularly true given BU’s ability in internet. Drew Commesso represented the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics and has the type of ability to stay his workforce shut. Not Friday. He was once chased after giving up his 6th purpose halfway via the 2nd length. 

Michigan isn’t seven targets greater than BU on maximum nights. But getting that consequence places the country on understand that the No. 1 general seed in closing yr’s NCAA Tournament continues to be masses proficient. Given the workforce’s adolescence and its training exchange, that may be a very promising get started. 

What comes subsequent 

The identical two groups go back to motion at Yost Ice Arena on Sunday at 5 p.m. The recreation shall be televised on B1G+. 

Following this weekend, the Wolverines trip to Sault Ste. Marie for a two recreation collection ahead of returning to Ann Arbor in opposition to Western Michigan on Friday, Oct. 28. 

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