Ice Hockey: Sweet 600!

University of Michigan head ice hockey coach Red Berenson recorded his 600th career win on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor behind a 5-2 win over the Northern Michigan Wildcats. Michigan built an early 4-0 lead and never looked back behind a one goal and one assist performance from Tim Miller and 33 saves from Billy Sauer.

As the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, T.J. Hensick hopped over the boards and skated straight for the game puck. After jumping on top of the Northern Michigan Wildcats early in the game, the No. 13-ranked Wolverines held on late for a 5-2 win on Friday night, the 600th of Michigan coach Red Berenson's career.

"I think, as a team, we're just happy to be a part of it. It just shows the tradition that the coach has had with his teams of the past and the success the program itself has had. We're just happy to be a part of it. Hopefully we can continue to be a part of it," Hensick said after the Wolverines second win this week. "I don't know if it was in his mind. He played it off like it wasn't, but it must have been in the back of his mind. It's a pretty special moment for him."

It didn't take long for the Wolverines to pull ahead on Friday night. Just 4:50 into the opening frame, Brandon Naurato made it 1-0 flipping the puck past Northern Michigan goalie Bill Zaniboni after corralling a toss towards the net from defenseman Jason Dest.

"Dest just threw it at the net and I was in the right place at the right time," Naurato said. "I just threw it into the open net."

Anthony Ciraulo made it 2-0 with his first career goal at the 10:02 mark. Ciraulo redirected a pass from Jason Dest to the far post between the legs of Zaniboni to double the Michigan lead.

Michigan extended its lead to three goals in the opening minutes of the second period. Tim Miller scored his fourth goal of the season by swatting the rebound of a David Rohlfs shot out of midair past Zaniboni from just in front of the crease.

Danny Fardig took a penalty 22 seconds later to give the Wildcats their second power play of the night, but Michigan put the game out of reach with a shorthanded goal from Kevin Porter. Porter's goal, his team leading 16th, came on a two-on-one feed from Hensick which drew Zaniboni to the wrong post.

Northern Michigan trimmed the lead to 4-1 with their first goal of the contest 5:01 into the period. Mike Santorelli swatted a rebound past Michigan goalie Billy Sauer into the net to make it a three goal game.

The Wildcats continued to apply pressure, but a pair of point blank saves on the penalty kill from Sauer kept the Wolverines on top 4-1.

Michigan held an edge in shots 27-26 through 40 minutes.

Andrew Cogliano made it 5-1 five minutes into the final period. Cogliano slapped home a shot from the left face off circle after a backhand feed from Kevin Porter at the top of the circles.

Nick Sirota concluded the scoring with an even strength goal with 15 minutes remaining in the contest.

Red Berenson and his Michigan Wolverines will go for its third straight win tomorrow night at Yost Ice Arena in the tail end of the weekend series with the Wildcats.

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