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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 6, 2003

SATURDAY'S GAME
Miami . 2
Michigan 3
YESTERDAY'S GAME
Miami 2

Third line leads Blue
past offensive Miami

By Courtney Lewis
and Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writers

Michigan

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SATURDAY S GAME
Michigan 3, Miami 2
Miami 1 0 1 0- 2
Michigan 0 2 01.- 3
First period - 1, MIA, Greg Hogeboom, 12 (Chris
Michael, Ben Tharp) 8:22. Penalties - Chris Knupp,
MIA (elbowing) 5:05; David Wyzgowski, MICH (trip-
ping) :10.
Second period -1, MICH, Milan Gajic 4 (Jason
Ryzner, David Moss) 11:53; 2, MICH, Brandon Kale-
niecki 8 (Andrew Ebbett, Andy Burnes) 15:45.
Penalties-Chris Knupp, MIA (holding) 7:36; Jed
Ortmeyer, MICH (CJ) 8:19.
Third period - 2, MIA, Matt Medvecz 5 (Stephen
Dennis) 10:52. Penalties - None.
OT - 3, MICH, Jeff Tembellini 11 (Jed Ortmeyer,
Brandon Rogers) 2:43. Penalties - None.
Shots on goal: MICH 10-12-7.1 30; MIA 63-5-1 15.
Powerplays:MICH 0 of 4; MIA2of4.Saves-MICH,
Al Montoya 5-3-4-1 -13; MIA, David Burleigh 10-
10-7-0 -27.
Referee: Matt Shegos.
At: Yost Ice Arena Attendance: 6,508.
YESTERDAY'S GAME

Miami boasts potent first and second
lines made up of mostly upperclassmen.
But while the Red-
Hawks' big guns HOCKEY
were held to just Notebook
three points this
weekend, it was
Michigan's third line of freshmen Bran-
don Kaleniecki and Andrew Ebbett and
senior Mark Mink that anchored the
Wolverines offense.
"It was as good a line as we had,"
coach Red Berenson said. The Red-
hawks "put a lot of pressure on us, and I
thought Ebbett's line really held up well."
Kaleniecki tallied two goals on the
weekend to give him nine for the season,
two behind leading-goal-scorer Jeff
Tambellini. Ebbett fed Kaleniecki on a
break Saturday night, and netted his fifth
marker yesterday.
Ebbett said the senior on his right
wing has been a steadying influence on
the two youngsters. t
"I think Mink has just kind of taught
us both - me and Kal - just to be
kind of like a spark plug line and not
play too much in our end," Ebbett said.
"I think every time we get out there
and something's going back the other
way, we talk to each other, we set the
tone and get back in their end and get
the team going again."
GooD CALLS: Going into the series

opener, both Michigan and Miami were
among the CCHA leaders in penalty
minutes per game, each averaging more
than 17. Yet the game ended with just
four penalties called, and none in the
third or overtime periods.
The teams were showing holiday
cheer for one another this weekend
either. There were several instances
where players could have been sent to
the penalty box, but were not.
"I think it was a clean game and the
referee, he could have called some picky
penalties,' Michigan coach Red Beren-
son said. "But it was a big game, both
teams were playing well ... and I
thought it was well refereed."
Michigan's improvement in drawing
penalties came to a quick end yesterday
when it finished with seven - one of
which led to a Miami goal.
IMPROVING: After three losses in its last
four games, defense had been an obvi-
ous concern - Michigan allowed 14
goals in the three losses to Northern
Michigan and Boston University.
- It would have been easy to blame goal-
tender Al Montoya, but the Wolverines
knew that they were all at fault, not just
the freshman goalie. On Saturday night
the defensive healing began as the for-
wards stepped up play, not allowing
rebounds to doom the Wolverines' as they
had against the Wildcats and Terriers.
"We had been standing up watching
more than we had been down in our
stance ready to go, looking for guys,"
Ebbett said.

REDHAWKS
Continued from Page lB8
Woodford remained out of action
due to a thumb injury he suffered
against Northern Michigan back on
Dec. 7.
With Sunday's win, Michigan
leapfrogged Miami and Northern
Michigan for third place in the
CCHA standings, keeping the squad
in the race for the league title. The
Wolverines also have a pair of
games remaining against the two
teams they are still trailing - Ferris
State and Ohio State.
"We had to have this weekend,"
Tambellini said. "If we didn't, it
kind of threw us out for the rest of,
the year.
"We don't play that many games
in college hockey, and to throw
away four-point games like this, you
can't do that and win a league
championship."
CCHA ROUNDUP
Friday's games:
'Ohio State 4, Princeton 1
Alaska-Fairbanks 3, BOWUNG GREEN 3
Ferris State 7, NIAGARA 1 -
LAKE SUPERIOR STATE 7, Michigan State 1
Notre Dame 5, NEBRASKA-OMAHA 3
Saturday's games:
Nebraska-Omaha 5, NOTRE DAME 3
Alaska-Fairbanks 6, BowuNG GREEN 3
Ferris State 8, NIAGARA 1
MICHIGAN3, Miami 2 OT
WESTERN MICHIGAN 4, Findlay 1
Michigan State 6, LAKE SUPERIOR STATE O
Yesterday's ;one:
Micnw 5, Miami 2
Tomorrow's game:
Findlay at OHIO STATE

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Michigan 5, Miami 2
Miami 0 2 0
Michigan 1 1 3

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DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Andrew Ebbett celebrates after giving the Wolverines the early lead over the Miami
RedHawks yesterday. Ebbett's line combined four points in Michigan's sweep.

FIrst period- 1, MICH, Andrew Ebbett 5 (David
Moss, Nick Martens) 9:01. Penalties - Milan Gajic,
MICH (cross-checking) 6:19: Todd Grant, MIA (high
sticking) 8:03; Nick Jardine, MIA (charging) 17:48;
Brandon Kaleniecki, MICH (hooking) 19:59.
Second period - 2, MIA, Todd Grant 4 (Chris Busby,
Nick Jardine) 1:55 (pp); 3, MICH, Brandon Kalenec-
ki 9 (unassisted) 3:12: 4, MIA. Taylor Hustead 1
(unassisted). Penalties - Andy Burnes, MICH
(roughing after the whistle) 7:27; Greg Hogeboom,
MIA (roughing after the whistle) 7:27; Jeff Tambelli-
ni, MICH (cross-checking) 11:05; Al Montoya, MICH
(roughing) 14:05; John Shouneyia, MICH (high stick-
ing) 18:01.
Third period-5, MICH, Jeff Tambellini 12 (John
Shouneyia) 6:37; 6, MICH, David Moss 6 (Eric Wern-
er, Nick Martens) 17:00 (pp); 7, MICH, Jason Ryznar
2 (Jed Ortmeyer) Penalties - Chris Michael, MIA
(tripping) 10:37; Nick Jardine, MIA (slashing) 15:23;
Chris Knupp, MIA (checking from behind) 15:42;
Chris Knupp, MIA (game misconduct) 15:42; Jed Ort-
meyer, MICH (roughing after the whistle) 16:24;
Matt Medvecz, MIA, (roughing after the whistle)
16:24.
Shots on goal: MICH 6-6-9 21; MIA 11-15-10 36. Power
plays: MICH 3 of 6: MIA1 of5. Saves - MICH, Mon-
toya 11-13-10 -34; MIA, Burleigh 5-5-6 - 21.
Referee: Matt Shegos.
At: Yost Ice Arena. Attendance: 6,488.

Tambellini on fire after

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer

Scoring six goals in his first six games,
Jeff Tambellini quickly established himself
as one of the stars of the Wolverines'
offense. But after that initial streak, the
British Columbia native had lost his touch
and his confidence, picking up just two
points in his next six games.
That's all forgotten now.
Tambellini was firing on all cylinders
this weekend as he not only scored twice,
but also lit the lamp for game winners
each night.
The freshman has now scored in six of
his last eight games and is brimming with
the confidence he had at the beginning of
the season.
"Confidence is a weird thing," Tambellini
said. "Once you get it, you start rolling."

When Eric Nystrom and Dwight Helmi-
nen left the Wolverines to play in the World
Junior Championships in Nova Scotia, Tam-
bellini was given a chance to play on a line
with John Shouneyia and Jed Ortmeyer. He
has been rolling ever since. After scoring
goals in both games of the Great Lakes Invi-
tational, Tambellini kept it going during Sat-
urday's game in overtime.
He received a pass from Ortmeyer while
streaking toward the net, made a move and
put the puck past Miami goaltender Dave
Burleigh's left pad.
Last night he gave Burleigh a lot to deal
with even though his teammates didn't.
After two periods, Tambellini had more
shots than the rest of the Wolverines com-
bined. He ended up firing nine shots on net
compared to his teammates' 11.
"I was definitely in the right spots," Tam-
bellini said. (Shouneyia) and (Ortmeyer) are

)fef slump
great passers and they make it really easy to
shoot the puck."
Michigan coach Red Berenson thinks
Tambellini's recent surge of confidence has
followed a trend with all the freshmen.
"I think it's a pattern at Michigan," Beren-
son said. "We've seen our freshmen in the
past have a pretty good first half and then
really take off in the second half when they
get confidence and they really get their legs
under them."
Last year, the Wolverines' I1-member
freshman class played a crucial role in win-
ning nine straight conference games en
route to winning the CCHA regular season
championship. This season, Tambellini
hopes he can take a similar path and have a
great second half.
"The kid can fly," Berenson said. "He can
skate, he can shoot and he is dangerous
around the net."

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Jeff Tambellini scored both of Michigan's game-winning goals this
weekend and has scored goals in his last four games.

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