The offensive firepower of both Devin Shore and Alex Guptill were on display this past weekend.
The Michigan Wolverines played a 2 game set against the Penn State Nittany Lions last weekend, earning a hard fought split in two exciting, high scoring games.
Alex Guptill came out firing on all cylinders to start the weekend. In a heartbreaking 5-4 OT loss, he assisted on Phil DiGuiseppe's powerplay goal at 6:41 of the first period, which put the Wolverines up 2-0. Then, after PSU stormed back to tie the game at three in the third period, Guptill fired a shot passed PSU goaltender Matthew Skoff to put Michigan up with less than three minutes left. Unfortunately, the Wolverines weren't able to hold on, giving up a late tying goal and then the game winner in OT.
On top of his 2 points, Guptill fired 5 shots on net, but he ended up a -2. Still, for a scoring winger, it's more important to score 2 points than end up a -2; after all, +/- is more of a team/line stat than anything.
The next night provides a bit of confusion, however, as Guptill seems to have been scratched. I've looked around and there doesn't seem to be any indication as to why he was held out of the game. Perhaps his injury from last week started feeling worse, or coach Red Berenson found something lacking in his drive, again. Either way, whatever happens next weekend should give us some more clarity on the topic. For now, it's just good that Guptill has gotten back to scoring with more consistency.
This season keeps getting better and better for Devin Shore. Just when you think that he has to cool down just a little, or that he can't possibly be relied on so heavily to carry the University of Maine, he goes out and proves you wrong.
In Maine's first game of their back to back set against the Northeastern University Huskies, Shore exploded for two assists, the second of which came on Maine's go ahead goal at 13:57 of the third period. Unfortunately, the Huskies' Braden Pimm would tie the game up with less than two minutes left on the board, as the two Hockey East rivals skated to a 4-4 draw.
On top of his two assists, Shore finished the game with 1 shot, a +1 rating and 10/19 faceoffs won.
The next night Devin Shore continued doing what Devin Shore does. Although Maine lost the game 4-3, Shore was a big reason they were in it until the end. Three minutes and 18 seconds into the second frame, Shore fired home his 13th goal of the season to tie the game up at 2-2. Then, with the Huskies up 4-2, Shore helped lead a last ditch comeback effort by the Black Bears, assisting on Ben Hutton's goal at the 17:09 mark of the third period. The Black Bears would fall short, but it wasn't for a lack of production on Shore's part.
He finished the game with a goal, assist, 4 shots, and he went 13 for 26 on the faceoff dot.