ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Niagara fell behind early and failed to find the back of the net against national No. 5 Michigan on Friday night as the Wolverines pulled away for a 6-0 win.
A crowd of 5,592 at Yost Arena saw Michigan keep the Purple Eagles (3-8-1) winless on the road in seven games (0-6-1). The Wolverines needed just 34 seconds to take the lead as Tyler Motte scored against NU goalie Jackson Teichroeb (32 saves). Motte, who also had two assists, set up Michigan’s second goal later in the period, this one by Andrew Copp with 3:50 left in the frame.
The Wolverines, who only outshot Niagara 38-36, made it 3-0 midway through the second period on Alex Kile’s goal. Michigan put the game away with three goals in a span of nearly five minutes in the final 10 minutes, 36 seconds of the third period.
Alex Guptill and Copp each had two goals for the Wolverines (8-2-1), who have won an NCAA record nine national championships. Zach Nagelvoort earned the shutout.
Sabres prospect J.T. Compher, a freshman forward, had two assists and now has two goals and 10 points in 11 games for Michigan. Buffalo drafted him in the second round, 35th overall, last June.
Niagara returns to action at No. 18 Cornell on Tuesday in Ithaca.