Climbing up to No. 1/2 in the national polls with a sweep of the Alaska Nanooks last weekend, the Wolverines got lots of help from a pair of unexpected people, both of which brought in CCHA Player of the Week honors.
Junior goalie Billy Sauer, who entered the season as a significant question mark on the Michigan team, recorded a shutout turning aside 15 shots in the Wolverines 4-0 win over the Nanooks on Friday night. On Saturday the goalie made saves on 18-of-20 shots as the Wolverines improved to 9-1-0 on the season with a 4-2 win. It's Sauer's first Goalie of the Week honors of 2007.
Through 10 games, Sauer's posted a goals against average of just 2.19 and a .904 save percentage, down from 3.03 and .896 last season.
On the offensive side of the ice, freshman Aaron Palushaj posted a 2-1-3 line with a +3 rating in earning CCHA Rookie of the Week honors. Palushaj notched a goal in both nights of the weekend and recorded an assist in the weekends first contest.
Michigan next returns to the ice for a pair of games against Lake Superior State this weekend at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Sauer; Palushaj Claim CCHA Honors
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