Michigan Takes First Game Of Weekend
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The last time the University of Michigan hockey team played at the Berry Events Center was in December of 2002.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That weekend the Northern Michigan University hockey team swept theWolverines.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UM took the first game of the weekend set on Friday night, by ascore of 3-1, at the Berry in front of another record crowd of 4,260. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UMranked second in the nation in both college hockey polls this week improves to8-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 5-4-0 and 2-3-0 respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
After a scoreless first period of action the Wolverinesturned the light on twice in the second frame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brandon Kaleniecki gave UM the1-0 lead with his second goal of the season on the power play at 4:35.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Abouttwo minutes later, Chad Kolarik made the score 2-0 with his fourth goal of theseason at 6:37.
Darin Olver cut UMÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s lead to 2-1 when he scored his thirdgoal of the season at 15:33 of the third period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe were pressing a bit and takingsome chances.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ I should not have been there.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was a great pass from BobbySelden,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI got lucky enough to get it through to the goal.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Seldenand Matt Maunu assisted.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ T.J. Hensick added an empty-net goal at 19:56 for thefinal score.
NMU had six power-play opportunities and could not score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UM was 1-of-7 on the power play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bill Zaniboni went the distance for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsand had 21 saves.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Billy Sauer between the pipes for UM turned away 25 shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI thought it was a hard fought game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We had opportunities to score and didnot put it away,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIf we grow a little bit with tonight wewill be in good shape.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The two teams will face each other again on Saturday night(Nov. 12) for the second game of the weekend series.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The puck will drop at7:35 p.m.