No. 3 Michigan Topples Alaska-Fairbanks

<p>The No. 3 Michigan hockey team returned to Yost Ice Arena tonight to kick off a two game series vs. the Nanooks of Alaska-Fairbanks. Twenty-six saves from Al Montoya and three goals in the final period of play paced the Wolverines in a <strong>5-2 victory</strong>.</p>

T.J. Hensick, the Wolverines sophomore sensation, opened the scoring with his 13th goal of the season six minutes into the game by beating Nanook goalie Wylie Rogers high on a rebound from just outside the left side of the crease.

Less than a minute later a pair of Wolverine youngsters would team up to double the lead. Sophomore Mike Brown scored his third goal of the season, and first since returning from the USA Junior Championship Team, taking a feed from freshman Chad Kolarik just inside the slot and hammering it home over the glove of Rogers at 7:02.

The Nanooks would cut the lead to one goal before the first intermission thanks to a one man advantage. Montoya was beat on a rebound just in front of the net as he scrambled to try to make his fourth consecutive save.

Alaska-Fairbanks continued to gather momentum as the teams met back on the ice for the second period by tying the score on another power play just over halfway through the twenty minute session. This time the visitors scored even though it appeared Montoya had the puck covered.

Neither goaltender would allow any more goals in the second period and the teams retreated to the locker room until the third period. When the Wolverines re-emerged, they came out to dominate.

Michigan defender Matt Hunwick would put the Wolverines on top for good with his fifth goal of the season at 4:57 of the final period, beating Rogers high from point to once again push Michigan into the lead.

Kevin Porter added his seventh goal of the season and captain Eric Nystrom his fourth to close the scoring and give the Wolverines the 5-2 victory.

With the victory, the Maize and Blue improve to 14-1-0 in CCHA play and maintain their 5 point lead in the CCHA standings over the Ohio State Buckeyes who knocked off the Fighting Irish last night, 4-1.

Michigan and Alaska-Fairbanks will finish this weekend’s two game series at Yost Ice Arena tomorrow tonight at 7:35 p.m.

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