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Cam York, University of Michigan roll in season opener

The defenseman opened the 2020-21 campaign with a bang.

COLLEGE HOCKEY: FEB 01 Ohio State at Michigan Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Philadelphia Flyers’ 2019 first-round pick Cam York and the University of Michigan Wolverines cruised to victory last night in their season opener as they crushed the Arizona State University Sun Devils 8-1. York was one of three Wolverines with a three-point performance or better, as center Kent Johnson (2021 NHL Draft prospect) had four assists and defenseman Owen Power (2021 NHL Draft prospect) had the same stat line as the Flyers’ prospect with a goal and two apples.

After Matty Beniers (2021 NHL Draft prospect) opened the scoring 7:46 into the contest, Michigan took advantage of a Willie Knierim slash to jump out to a 2-0 lead with 11:22 left in the opening frame. York started the play that eventually led to Thomas Bordeleau’s (San Jose Sharks) first collegiate tuck and earned the secondary helper.

Early in the second period York grabbed another secondary assist, as he drove through the right circle in Arizona State’s zone and threw a puck into traffic that resulted in Nicholas Granowicz’s first tally of the 2020-21 campaign. This put Michigan up 4-0 just 6:38 into the middle stanza.

A little over eight minutes later it was York’s turn to score, as he buried a great cross-ice high-to-low feed from Power after the Flyers’ prospect was able to sneak in behind the Sun Devils’ coverage.

The Wolverines proceeded to make it an eight-goal game before Ryan O’Reilly (not that one) ended Strauss Mann’s shutout bid with just 2:26 left in regulation.

On top of his three-point night York led the University of Michigan with six shots on goal and tied Bordeleau for a team-high eight shot attempts in all situations. His only mistake in the shellacking was getting called for interference a little over two minutes into the final frame. All things considered it was a hell of a start for a d-man that should be on the Flyers’ roster in the near future.

York and the Wolverines are right back at it again later today as they take on the Sun Devils at 7pm in the second leg of the teams’ back-to-back this weekend.