MICHIGAN OUTLASTS RIVAL MICHIGAN STATE TO EARN IRON D TROPHY IN ANNUAL “DUEL IN THE D” HOCKEY GAME
The University of Michigan men’s ice hockey team recorded a 5-2 win over rival Michigan State in front of 15,185 fans in the annual “Duel in the D” game at the award-winning Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit on Saturday night. With the win, the Wolverines claimed the Iron D Trophy for the third consecutive season.
Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period of play. Dakota Raabe scored his fifth goal of the season at 5:39 to provide the game’s first goal, which was assisted by defenseman Quinn Hughes. Just three minutes later (8:31) on the power play, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native Will Lockwood gave the Wolverines the 2-0 advantage after rebounding Hughes’ shot into the back of the net, his team-leading 13th goal of the season. Hughes and Nick Pastujov were credited with assists on the play. Michigan outshot Michigan State 7-4 in the first period, with Wolverines goalie Strauss Mann turning aside four Michigan State shots.
Both teams were held scoreless in the second period. Mann collected 10 saves in the period, while Michigan State goalie Drew DeRidder tallied 11.
After the Spartans killed a carryover penalty from the second period, Michigan’s Nolan Moyle gave the Wolverines a 3-0 lead at 2:36 of the third period. The forward retrieved the puck just shy of the blue line on the right wing and scored the unassisted goal after beating DeRidder on a backhand shot.
With 6:57 remaining in the third period, Michigan State scored a power play goal to trim the Wolverines’ lead to 3-1. Mitch Lewandowski, a Clarkston, Mich., native, buried his 14th goal of the season following a ricocheted shot from the right side. Logan Lambdin and Jerad Rosburg tallied assists on the play. Lewandowski scored his second goal less than three minutes later (15:45) after finishing a pass from an attacking Rosburg, who earned his 11th assist of the season to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Wolverines.
With 1:35 remaining, Michigan’s Luke Morgan pushed the puck past two Spartan defenders in an open net to extend the Wolverines’ lead to 4-2. Moyle then sealed the three-goal win with another open-netter. Mann ended the game with 21 saves, while DeRidder turned aside 25 shots.
With the victory, Michigan improved to 165-135-24 all-time against Michigan State. The rivalry is the most-played in college hockey.
The “Iron D” trophy features a forged iron “D” at its center to symbolize the city of Detroit, while the skyline of Hockeytown wraps around the base, including an image of Little Caesars Arena placed at the center. A large cup rests atop the trophy and hockey sticks, a red glass puck and the logos of Michigan and Michigan State line the sides of the trophy. The trophy was designed and built by Erik and Israel Nordin at their studio, the Detroit Design Center.
IRON D TROPHY WINNERS
2019 – Michigan (5-2)
2018 – Michigan (3-2)
2017 – Michigan (4-4 tie, shootout win)
2016 – Michigan State (3-2, overtime)