Michigan Repeats as CCHA Champion

On Saturday evening, the University of Michigan Hockey team defeated Ferris State 5-3, to win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Super 6 championship tournament. The teams faced off at Joe Louis Arena in front of 19,097 fans, as the Wolverines won their sixth CCHA Tournament title. Read on for complete coverage.

Michigan jumped out to an early lead at the 4:25 mark of the first period, on a fluky goal by Jeff Tambellini. Tambellini shot the puck from the side boards, which hit the skate of Ferris State defenseman Mike York, and slipped through the legs of the Bulldogs' goaltender. But FSU struck back just over six minutes later, when Chris Kunitz scored a power play goal for Ferris State at the 10:47 mark.

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With the game tied after the first intermission, senior captain Jed Ortmeyer took over, with two goals in the second period. At the 4:45 mark of the period, Ortmeyer took the pass from John Shouneyia on a 3-2 odd-man rush, and shot it past the FSU goaltender. Ortmeyer scored again on a power play at the 18:41 mark, giving Michigan a 3-1 at the end of two periods.

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However, Ferris State fought back with an early power play goal by Simon Mangos at the 3:34 mark of the third period. But Wolverines extended their lead again just two minutes later, when Michael Woodford scored off a face-off at the 5:27 mark. Michigan held on to their 4-2 lead for most of the period, until Ferris State's Matt York closed the gap with just three minutes remaining in the game. Dwight Helminen scored an empty net goal for Michigan, with just five seconds left in the game, to secure the victory.

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Following the game, senior captain Jed Ortmeyer was named MVP of the CCHA Tournament. The Wolverines will get a week off before the start of the NCAA tournament on March 29th.

1st period

-MICH, Jeff Tambellini/26 (Brandon Rogers/19, John Shouneyia/27) 4:25
-FSU, Chris Kunitz/33 (Jeff Legue/30, Simon Mangos/11) 10:47 (pp)

PENALTIES - Nick Martens, MICH (obstruction-holding) 10:26; Matt York, FSU (interference) 12:30; John Shouneyia, MICH (obstruction-tripping) 17:16

2nd period

-MICH, Jed Ortmeyer/15 (John Shouneyia/28, Brandon Rogers/20) 4:45
-MICH, Jed Ortmeyer/16 (Jeff Tambellini/17, Brandon Rogers/21) 18:41 (pp)

PENALTIES - Mark Mink, MICH (high sticking) 9:21; Phil Meyer, FSU (cross-checking) 13:03; TEAM, MICH (too many on ice) 16:18; Phil Lewandowski, FSU (roughing) 18:27; Carter Thomson, FSU (high sticking) 19:28; Jeff Tambellini, MICH (hit after whistle) 19:28; Troy Milam, FSU (hit after whistle) 19:28

3rd period

-FSU, Simon Mangos/10 (Jeff Legue/31) 3:34 (pp)
-MICH, Michael Woodford/5 (Andrew Ebbett/17) 5:27
-FSU, Matt York/6 (Greg Rallo/14, Mike Kinnie/14) 17:00
-MICH, Dwight Helminen/17 19:55 (empty net)

PENALTIES - Andy Burnes, MICH (interference) 3:02; Michael Woodford, MICH (cross-checking) 14:59; Jed Ortmeyer, MICH (roughing) 19:55; Chris Kunitz, FSU (roughing) 19:55

Shots on goal: Michigan 30; Ferris State 20

Power plays: Michigan 1 of 4; Ferris State 2 of 6

Post-Game Quotes:

Head Coach Red Berenson

On the game:

"I think our team played strong from the start. We had a good start, a good second period and then hung on in the third period. I would also like to congratulate Ferris State University on an excellent season."

On the season so far:

"It's a great achievement for the Michigan hockey program. We had adversity. We lost some great players last summer. We had injuries to two of our top players the first half of the year -- (Jed) Ortmeyer and (John) Shouneyia -- but our team really came together in the stretch run. We had a tough schedule, we found a way to stay in the hunt and then to get down here to Joe Louis, the competition is the best I've seen it. Ferris State has had one of those magical seasons. We feel fortunate to win but there's a winning spirit on this team and it showed tonight."

On senior captain Jed Ortmeyer:

"In games like this you need your best players to be your best players and I've always said you are only as good as your seniors, and I think you saw that tonight in the way (John) Shouneyia, Ortmeyer and (Mark) Mink played -- to a man our seniors really stepped up. Jed had an opportunity to step up offensively and defensively and he did that."

Jed Ortmeyer

On being a captain in a game like this:

"We love to play in big games and that's why you go to Michigan, for a chance to play in games like this. I like to play physical and so does the rest of the team, and we just wanted to get the puck behind the defense and wear then down a bit. We stuck to our game plan."

On the momentum:

"Our last couple years we've been playing the best hockey towards the playoff run and I think our team came together, we get stronger and play better defensively. We are looking forward to going back to Yost and having our fans behind us again."

John Shouneyia

On the team's defensive effort:

"It's something we've been talking about all week, talking about defensive significance and how important it is for us to be successful this weekend. We really bought into the system and went out and played solid defensively."

On confidence going into next week:

"I think it's huge for our team, it's a big confidence builder for every guy on the team. It's good to play in big games like this and be successful."

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