Michigan took the lead three times from host New Hampshire Saturday night, but each time the Wildcats struck back to knot the score, producing a 3-3 overtime standoff in an early season match up of highly-ranked squads.
Third-ranked Michigan received power play goals from Scooter Vaughan, Chris Brown and Brandon Burlon in the effort against ninth-ranked New Hampshire, but the play of Shawn Hunwick in goal was the telling story for the Wolverines.
Hunwick made 45 saves in the contest, eight alone in the overtime period, to salvage the tie for Michigan.
“I thought, Hunwick, our goalie, kept us in the game,” said Michigan head coach Red Berenson. “It was a game of special teams, obviously. There were times our team played well, but New Hampshire is a really good team. These are the kind of teams you hope you get to play later this year.”
On his performance, Hunwick said, “I definitely am confident I can backstop the team to some wins on the road in a hostile environment. I want to be a calming influence on the boys back there so that they know I'm going to be able to do the job.”
“The boys” were happy to have Hunwick “back there."
“We're happy we had Hunwick in net today,” said Wolverine captain Carl Hagelin. “He really saved us. I don't know how many stops he had, but enough to keep us in the game.”
The Wolverines return home next weekend to face former CCHA foes Nebraska-Omaha in a pair of non-conference games. Nebraska-Omaha travels to Ann Arbor fresh off a road sweep of 13th-ranked WCHA foe Minnesota.