Michigan hockey team rallies, beats Penn St. 2-1 in OT
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, March 27, 2023

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(ALLENTOWN, PA) – Sophomore Mackie Samoskevich etched his name in the history books Sunday evening at the NCAA Midwest Regional Final in Allentown, as the sniper delivered an overtime goal for the second-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team against the 11th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions at the PPL Center. The Wolverines came back from a 1-0 deficit after two periods to send the game to overtime. Samoskevich scored just 52 seconds into OT to clinch the program's NCAA-record 27th all-time appearance in the Frozen Four with a 2-1 win. Junior goaltender Erik Portillo put together one of his best performances of the season in a fantastic 31-save effort to earn his 60th win in Maize and Blue while ceding just one goal. The Wolverines (26-11-3) didn't need to use much of their program-record 12th overtime of the season. On an early rush in the first minute of the extra session, Samoskevich danced across the blue line before cutting into the slot and leaning into a rocket of a snapshot that beat PSU's goaltender to send the Wolverines flying off the bench as a group in jubilant celebration. Samoskevich’s game winner earns Michigan their 27th all-time Frozen Four appearance. Adam Fantilli tied the game at 1-1 for Michigan in the third period. Luke Hughes was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Regional, with Fantilli and Rutger McGroarty earning places on the All-Tournament Team. In two weeks, Michigan will fly south for the 2023 Frozen Four in the Wolverines' hunt for their 10th national championship. The games will be played on Thursday and Saturday (April 6th & 8th) at Tampa's Amalie Arena. After Minnesota meets Boston University in the day's first semifinal on Thursday, Michigan will play Quinnipiac at 8:30 PM.