Icer's Down Team USA 5-1

No. 1 Michigan was back on the ice for its final exhibition contest of the season against the United States National Team Developmental Program Under-18 team on Tuesday night in Ann Arbor. U-M rested regulars Billy Sauer, Travis Turnbull, Carl Hagelin and Chad Langlais in the 5-1 win.

ANN ARBOR -- Michigan's struggled with the U.S. NTDP Under-18 team each of the past two seasons. Despite numerous future NHL skaters, Michigan needed a goal in the final moments each of the past two seasons to dispatch of the visiting program from across town in both of the previous two meetings. It didn't take that long in the 2008 match up.

Despite resting goalie Billy Sauer, forwards Travis Turnbull and Carl Hagelin, and defenseman Chad Langlais, the No. 1-ranked Michigan hockey team dropped the visiting U.S. team 5-1 behind goals from five different skaters in its final exhibition contest of the season.

"It was good to get back into a game. It was good to get back some of our players. I thought we got off to a good start; I thought we had a good second period, and then the game kind of deteriorated a little bit, but it is good to get some players more ice time," said Michigan coach Red Berenson.

"We did not play (Kevin) Porter's line or (Mark) Mitera much in the third period. We got (goalie Shawn) Hunwick some game time. I hoped to come out of this game seeing some good things and avoiding injuries, and that is what we did. Overall, I would say it was what we expected."

Brandon Naurato put Michigan on top 8:04 into the contest. Possessing the puck in the U.S. zone, Anthony Ciraulo slid the puck through the crease from behind the net to Naurato's waiting stick. The junior quickly snapped the puck into the net to make it 1-0 Michigan.

The teams exchanged scoring chances until six minutes into the second period, both U-M goalie Bryan Hogan and U.S. goalie Joe Cannata were up to the challenge, however, and it was a one goal game until Brian Lebler scored 6:28 into the second.

Lebler made his way into the slot and took a tape-to-tape pass from Kevin Quick and flipped it into the net to make it 2-0.

Two minutes later it was 3-0 on Ben Winnett's power-play goal, one that put the game out of reach.

Winnett took a feed from Naurato along the goal line and roofed it over the shoulder of Cannata at 8:37.

Chad Kolarik added one more Michigan goal in the second period at 12:05. Max Pacioretty found Kolarik slashing toward the U.S. net and fed him the puck for the free shot at Cannata. Cannata couldn't get the glove up in time and Kolarik's hard wrister made it 4-0 through 40 minutes.

Bryan Hogan recorded a shutout through 40 minutes in net and turned aside all 14 U.S. shots before the end of his night.

Max Pacioretty scored the final goal in his first game back since skating for Team USA in the 2008 World Junior Championships.

Team USA's first and only goal of the contest came when future Wolverines player Robbie Czarnik crashed the slot and took a teammate from another future Wolverine, David Wohlberg. Czarnik fired the puck past the new Michigan goalie, Shawn Hunwick to conclude the scoring.

No. 1 Michigan returns to the ice this weekend as the Wolverines get back into conference action with a home-and-home tilt with the Western Michigan Broncos. Friday night the teams meet at Yost Ice Arena at 7:35 p.m. On Saturday the teams meet at 8:05 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Saturday nights game will be televised by CSTV.

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