Michigan Rolls Into CCHA Finals

After the long layover since advancing to the CCHA Super Six the Wolverines got back onto the ice this afternoon skating to a 5-1 victory over the #6 seeded Northern Michigan Wildcats. The Wolverines now look to the title game tomorrow in an effort to win the schools third consecutive CCHA tournament championship. The game for the Mason Cup will be played at the Joe Lewis Arena Saturday night at 7:05 against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Behind the two goals of forward Brandon Kaleniecki, Michigan rolled into the Super Six championship. After both teams fought through a scoreless first period, Kaleniecki was able to get Michigan on the board in the second period despite being out shot by the Wildcats 8-6. At the 10:14 mark Michigan capitalized on the extra skater as a Northern Michigan penalty expired. With assists from Eric Werner and Milan Gajic, Kaleniecki put the one time shot past goalkeeper Tuomas Tarkki providing Michigan with a 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines extended the lead to two less then one minute into the 3rd period, as Kaleniecki was again able to put the puck in the back of the net for Michigan. After a beautiful cross crease pass by T.J. Hensick, Kaleniecki slipped another one time shot past Tarkki’s stick side to give Michigan all it would need to hold on for the win.

That was just the beginning however for the Wolverines who continued to shoot well in the third period. Two goals in less then a one minute time frame from Jeff Tambellini and David Moss were enough to provide a comfortable 4-0 lead as the game started to wind down.

T.J. Hensick added the final goal for the Wolverines 11:15 into the period after taking advantage of a perfect cross-ice pass from Jeff Tambellini. Putting the puck into the net provided Hensick with his game leading 3rd point of the night.

Northern Michigan was able to get on the board late in the third period on a goal by Dave Bonk. Al Montoya made 19 saves in net for the Wolverines.

In the other game of the CCHA semifinals the Buckeyes were able to advance past Miami, Oh. in OT on a goal less then 30 seconds into the extra session.

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