Big Ten Championship: Michigan Tops Maryland to Clinch First NCAA Tournament Berth

(Photo Courtesy of Michigan Athletics)

For the first time in history the Big Ten champions reside in Ann Arbor.

Michigan toppled Maryland 14-5 to earn the program’s first conference title and clinch its first NCAA Tournament berth. It marks the second-ever win over Maryland for the Wolverines. They beat Maryland 16-11 in College Park back on April 1st.

The Wolverines scored first and would come out of the opening frame with a 5-3 advantage. The rest of the way would be all Michigan as Kevin Conry’s squad outscored the Terrapins 9-2 through the final three quarters.

Michael Boehm ended the day with five goals for Michigan. He scored the first and last goal of the game and it was his two consecutive scores within seconds of each other that helped spark the Wolverines’ dominance down the stretch.

Bryce Clay (4G/2A) and Josh Zawada (2G/4A) had six points apiece for Michigan. Zawada had both of the Wolverine’s third quarter scores while Clay put home three of his four scores in the first half to help the Wolverines head into the locker room with a 10-4 lead.

Hunter Taylor came in during the second half of Michigan’s semifinal win over Penn State and made eight saves to help guide the Wolverines to victory. On Saturday, he got his fourth start of the season and made 14 saves with a 73% save percentage to help stifle the Maryland offense.

The duo of Justin Wietfeld (6-for-9, 66%) and Nick Rowlett (5-for-12, 41%) combined to go 11-for-21 (52%) at the faceoff dot. Luke Wierman (10-for-20, 50%) took all but one draw for Maryland.

Eric Spanos (3G) and Braden Erska (2G) were the only scorers for Maryland.

Michigan (9-6, 2-3 Big Ten) will find out on Sunday night where they will be slotted in the NCAA Tournament.


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