No. 6 Michigan Picks Up Weekend Sweep

The No. 6 Michigan hockey team completed their final weekend road trip of the regular season, picking up four points in the conference standings with a sweep of the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. <br>

In Friday night's contest, the Wolverines used a steady dose of offense and marked improvement on defense en route to a 6-4 Michigan victory.

Michigan captain Eric Nystrom opened the scoring early in the contest with an assist from Andrew Ebbett at 3:14. After taking the puck at center ice, Ebbett sent the puck through to the Maverick zone where Nystrom would chase it down. After beating the last defender, Nystrom flung the puck passed Nebraska-Omaha goalie Chris Holt.

It was a short lived lead however. Nebraska-Omaha would answer back less than a minute later at 4:07 on a wraparound type goal that beat Wolverine goalie Al Montoya to the post.

Both teams would net three goals in the first period despite only 19 combined shots.

Fortunately for Michigan, goalie play from Al Montoya would improve in the final two periods of play allowing one more goal in the Mavericks final two periods of play, and the offense continued to click tallying three more goals over the final two periods of play.

Nebraska-Omaha's Scott Parse would tie the game one final time midway through the final period of play, but less than a minute later Brandon Kaleniecki beat Holt for the Wolverines winning goal.

T.J. Hensick would score his team leading 17th goal as time would down to ice the win.

On Saturday night, the two teams met again. This time, the Wolverines would have to rally late to upend the pesky Mavericks.

Nebraska-Omaha opened the scoring early with two goals in their first four shots of the game. The first goal, coming on a power play, set the pace for the Maverick offense who would net three goals over the course of the game.

Michigan would trail by two on two separate occasions but T.J. Hensick added his 18th and 19th goals of the season to tie the game early in the third period.

David Moss would score the game winner for Michigan with just under three minutes to play and the Wolverines would hold on for the 4-3 victory.

With two conference wins the Wolverines now have 40 points in CCHA conference play and remain one point ahead of Ohio State, who picked up a weekend sweep of BGSU in Columbus.

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