Michigan Edges Miami of Ohio 5-3

Michigan (7-2-1, 5-1-0 CCHA) and Miami of Ohio (4-6-0, 2-4-0 CCHA) met for the second night in a row at Yost Ice Arena Saturday, and while the Wolverines' performance wasn’t quite as dominating, the end result was still the same. Behind another three point performance by Wolverine Jeff Tambellini, Michigan rolled 5-3.

Miami had the first scoring opportunity of the night, but fortunately for Michigan fans, The Red Hawks' Mitch Ganzak open net left by a sprawling Al Montoya.

Michigan had the next opportunity as David Moss and Tambellini picked up where they left off Friday to provide the Wolverines with their scoring chance. Late in the first period the duo skated into the Red Hawks zone with a two-on-one advantage. After drawing pulled Red Hawk goalie Brandon Crawford-West to his side, Tambellini hit Moss with a cross-ice pass that the senior tucked away to draw first blood in the contest.

Less than one minute later lightening struck again. At 18:10 of the first period, Wolverine David Rohlfs redirected the shot of teammate Eric Werner and the puck found the back of the net for a second time. Al Montoya did his part by holding the Red Hawks scoreless for the remainder of the period and Michigan led 2-0 after 1.

Chad Kolarik got the offense rolling again for the Wolverine’s about a quarter of the way through the second period. Taking advantage of a power play for the first time of the night, Kolarik brought the puck behind and around the Miami net. A quick shot from a poor angle caught Crawford-West off guard, and Michigan led 3-0 with close to 15:00 remaining in the second.

Miami cut the lead to two goals before the end of the period, however, when forward Nino Musitelli beat Montoya top shelf just as a power play expired. The game only got tighter from there on.

Early in the final period Miami cut the lead to 1 when Joe Pomaranski beat a diving Montoya from the slot. Momentum seemed to be rolling the Red Hawks way, but Michigan would answer. David Moss controlled the face off back to Tambellini, who quickly wristed the puck in the top of the net to extend the lead back to 2. The two schools traded goals in the final minute of play on an extra skater advantage for Miami and an empty net goal for Michigan to make the finals score 5-3.

The Wolverine’s now have the upcoming week off, which gives them plenty of time to rest up for their first showdown of the year with cross-state rival Michigan State on Thursday November 18 at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.

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