No. 7 Wolverines Back On Track

On Friday, the No. 7-ranked Michigan hockey team returned home to Yost Ice Arena for the first time since being swept on the road by the No. 2 Miami University RedHawks last weekend. In the opener of a two game series, Michigan recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to snap the program's first four game losing streak since 1988, knocking off the Mavericks 3-2.

In the first period, Nebraska-Omaha struck first just over six minutes into the first frame. Adam Bartholomay, a forward, sent the puck past Billy Sauer from just inside the slot after the Mavericks shot from the right point trickled off the pads of Sauer and right to the open Maverick. However, it didn't take long for the Wolverines to answer back and take the lead for good.

Brandon Kaleniecki tied the game 1-1 with his fourth goal of the season, a power-play goal, from just in front of Mavericks goalie Jerad Kaufmann. Skating with the one-man advantage, Kaleniecki planted himself in front of the Mavericks net as Andrew Ebbett riffled a shot in from the point. With the puck nearing the goal, a well-timed swat from Kaleniecki redirected the puck past Kaufmann and into the UNO net to tie the game.

At 17:31, the Wolverines went on top for good after a scrappy play on the penalty kill from captain Andrew Ebbett. After sending the puck out of the Michigan zone, the Wolverines senior center chased the puck down along the near boards. After angling to the net, Ebbett found a trailing Dest who quickly fired the puck past the Mavericks goalie for his first goal of the season and the first goal in his last 40 games.

Early in the second stanza, the Wolverines extended their lead to two goals on Travis Turnball's fourth goal of the season. Turnball, one of many freshman that have had a tremendous impact on this years offense, quickly snapped the puck past the right skate of Kaufmann after center from Andrew Cogliano in the right corner found the Mavericks goalie out of position.

Only three minutes into the final period, the Mavericks trimmed the lead to one goal on a shot from Rob Chappell at the left point. Chappell's rocket from just inside the blue line trickled through the legs of Sauer and into the back of the Wolverines net at 3:02.

At that point, however, the Michigan defense tightened as the Wolverines held on to the late lead and eventually added an empty netter from Andrew Ebbett.

With the win, the Wolverines snapped the teams' longest losing streak since 1988. Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha complete the tail end of the two game series.

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