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Michigan Hockey Recap: Wolverines split series with Notre Dame

Michigan splits two-game road series with the Irish ahead of month-long break.

Michigan v Notre Dame Photo by Michael Miller/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The Michigan men’s ice hockey team was back in action this weekend, traveling to South Bend to take on Notre Dame for a two-game series. Following a win and a tie against St. Cloud State last weekend, Michigan was looking to continue its momentum against the Irish.

While it might not have been the sweep the Wolverines were hoping for, Michigan did manage to split the series by losing the opener on Friday and then winning on Saturday.

On Friday, Notre Dame got the scoring started with a goal seven minutes into the game courtesy of Landon Slaggert. Just a few minutes later, Michigan went on the power play and tied the game thanks to T.J. Hughes. Unfortunately from then on, it was all Irish.

Notre Dame would add another goal to head into the second period with a 2-1 lead. Michigan was unable to stave off the Irish attack for the remainder of the game and surrendered four more goals, going on to lose, 6-1. Jake Braczewski was under attack all night and was only able to stop 32-of-38 Notre Dame shots on goal.

Looking for its luck to change, Michigan took the ice on Saturday looking to split the series. The Wolverines got off to a quick start, as Frank Nazar scored six minutes into the game to put the Wolverines up 1-0. However, Notre Dame responded late in the first period, as Hunter Strand scored in the final minutes to make it 1-1 heading into the second.

The teams would go back to work in the second period, but it was Michigan that got the advantage on the scoreboard when Dylan Duke added another goal to put the Wolverines up 2-1. That goal proved to be the difference and the score would hold there until the end of the game, cementing a win for Michigan.

Overall, goaltender Jake Braczewski would one of the stars of the game, blocking 28-of-29 Notre Dame shots. His performance on Saturday represented a nice bounce back after facing a barrage of Irish shots on Friday.

Following the weekend series, Michigan now stands at 8-7-3 on the year and has a long break ahead before playing an exhibition on Jan. 6 against the U.S. National Development U-18 Team. Michigan won’t take the ice again for its next weekend series until Jan. 12, when it will take on Stonehill in Ann Arbor.