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CCHA semifinals: Michigan joins Notre Dame in CCHA Championship game with 6-2 win over Miami
March 23, 2013 - Matt Wellens
DETROIT — The No. 7 seeded Michigan Wolverines scored four second period goals to take down the top-seeded Miami RedHawks, 6-2, on Saturday in the CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The Wolverines will take on Notre Dame at 2 p.m. on Saturday at JLA for the Mason Cup and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
While the second-seeded Irish are a near lock, Michigan needs a win to extend its streak of 22 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
"When you look at the score, you'd think it was a one-sided game, but it really wasn't," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "It could have easily been just a one-goal game. I thought we were fortunate to score the first goal.
"When you are playing a team like that, you hate to play them from behind."
Michigan freshman Andrew Copp scored at 3:26 and 9:22 of the second to break a scoreless tie. A pair of seniors got the next two UM goals with Luke Moffie striking at 10:50 and AJ Treais scoring 43 seconds later.
Alex Guptil scored twice for the Wolverines in the third period, first on the power play 55 seconds in and again at the 12:14 mark.
"Even though we ended up having a good second period, I thought they out chanced us, out shot us and were the better team for the most part," said Berenson.
Miami picked up goals from freshman Sean Kuraly at 17:14 of the second period and from senior Curtis McKenzie on the power play 5:05 into the third.
Making the first start of his career at JLA, Michigan freshman goaltender Steve Racine finished with 33 saves.
Miami freshman Ryan McKay was pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 18 shots. In relief, freshman Jay Williams made nine saves.
"Obviously Michigan has it rolling and they took it to us there in the second period and that was pretty much the game," Miami coach Enrico Blasi said.
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University of Michigan Sophomore Phil Giuseppe (7) skates the puck through center ice as Miami University Senior Marc Hagel (27) play defense during the CCHA Semi-Finals Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Joe Louis Arean in Detroit. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)