November 11, 2005

Michigan Takes First Game Of Weekend

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The last time the University of Michigan hockey team played at the Berry Events Center was in December of 2002. That weekend the Northern Michigan University hockey team swept theWolverines.  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.  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). The â€Â˜Cats are now 5-4-0 and 2-3-0 respectively. 

 

After a scoreless first period of action the Wolverinesturned the light on twice in the second frame.  Brandon Kaleniecki gave UM the1-0 lead with his second goal of the season on the power play at 4:35.  Abouttwo minutes later, Chad Kolarik made the score 2-0 with his fourth goal of theseason at 6:37.

 

Darin Olver cut UMâ€Â™s lead to 2-1 when he scored his thirdgoal of the season at 15:33 of the third period.  â€ÂœWe were pressing a bit and takingsome chances.  I should not have been there.  It was a great pass from BobbySelden,â€Â Olver said.  â€ÂœI got lucky enough to get it through to the goal.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  Seldenand Matt Maunu assisted.  T.J. Hensick added an empty-net goal at 19:56 for thefinal score.

 

NMU had six power-play opportunities and could not score. UM was 1-of-7 on the power play.  Bill Zaniboni went the distance for the â€Â˜Catsand had 21 saves.  Billy Sauer between the pipes for UM turned away 25 shots. Ã¢Ã‚€Ã‚ÂœI thought it was a hard fought game.  We had opportunities to score and didnot put it away,â€Â Walt Kyle said.  â€ÂœIf we grow a little bit with tonight wewill be in good shape.â€Â

 

The two teams will face each other again on Saturday night(Nov. 12) for the second game of the weekend series.  The puck will drop at7:35 p.m.

 

 

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Dave Faiella
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