Bad Blood Boils as No. 3 Michigan Beats Miami, OH

<p>Michigan stayed perfect at home in CCHA play Friday night in a game that had lots of fireworks. A hat trick from Wolverine <strong>Jeff Tambellini</strong>, a late game fight, and a game ejection were all part the excitement. The three goals by Tambellini and a good game from Wolverine goalie <strong>Al Montoya</strong> were enough to carry Michigan to a 5-2 victory and a 4-1-0 record in CCHA play.</p>

Tambellini got going early for Michigan, scoring the Wolverine’s first goal of the night less than two minutes into the game. At the 1:40 mark, Tambellini beat Red Hawks goalie Brandon Crawford-West for the first time on a one-timer shot off a feed from teammate David Moss.

Miami tied the game late in the first period after taking advantage of a power play opportunity. Skating with the man-advantage, Miami’s Chris Michael was able to beat Montoya from the slot to tie the game 1-1 with 1:48 left in the opening stanza.

From that point on though, Michigan would dominate.

Tambellini notched his second goal of the night by capitalizing on a Red Hawk penalty. Less than three minutes into the second period, Tambellini beat Crawford-West again on a goal similar to the first. After a cross-ice pass from Moss, Tambellini tucked it in from the opposite side of the net and put Michigan up 2-1.

Freshman Chad Kolarik scored his third goal of the season later in the period by converting on yet another power play. Kolarik took the pass in front of the Red Hawks net and got his initial shot blocked. His persistence paid off, however, when he picked up his own rebound and banked it in off the back of Crawford-West, who was struggling to get back to his feet.

Chad Kolarik with the shot

Michigan's third power play goal of the game came at the 13:16 mark of the 3rd period when Tambellini and Moss connected for final time. Moss delivered another a beautiful cross-ice pass that left Tambellini in excellent position to beat the out of position net minder and punch in the puck.

T.J. Hensick added an unassisted goal with less than 3 minutes to go in the game to make it 5-1. Instead of the game ending quietly from there, tempers flared up a few moments late. After another Michigan attack, the two teams dropped the gloves and went toe to toe in a fight that resulted in 4 misconduct penalties. Wolverines Eric Nystrom, Brandon Rogers, and Kevin Porter and the Red Hawks Jon Saunders were all sent to the locker room early.

After order was restored Miami added a late breakaway goal to make the final 5-2.

The two teams meet again Saturday night at Yost (7:35 start time) in what will be the final home tune up for Michigan before the Spartans come to town on Nov. 20.

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