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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - December 13, 2004

TJ. Hensick
Friday vs. Bowling Green
2 goals, 1 assist, +2 rating



"I don't know whether it's the pucks
they use or we just bring out the
worst or the best in that rink."
- Michigan coach Red Berenson
on crazy bounces at Bowling Green

Steve Brudzewski
(Bowling Green)
Brudzewski sparked the Falcons
with two first-period goals Friday.
His team couldn't hold the lead,
however, and eventually fell, 8-3.

Matt Hunwick
As if his hat trick on Friday wasn't enough,
Hunwick tallied two assists in the second
game. One helper was for the game-tying
goal, and one was for the game winner.



Bowling Green Falcons
Brudzewski (2), Rogosheske
Michigan Wolverines
Kaleniecki, Hunwick (3),
Gajic, Hensick (2), Porter


Bowling Green goalie announces illness


A'2: '$

Michigan Wolverines 5
Dest, Moss (2),
Kaleniecki, Hensick
Bowling Green Falcons 4
Falk, Whitmore, Unger, Geelan

By Gabe Edelson
Daily Sports Writer
The game was secondary Saturday night in
Bowling Green.
Before the puck dropped for the contest
between the fourth-ranked Wolverines and the
Falcons, Bowling Green's senior goalie and cap-
tain, Jordan Sigalet, announced that he had been
diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March.
"What Jordan has exhibited over the past

Michigan 5, Bowling Green 4
Michigan 2 1 2 - 5
Bowling Green 1 2 1 - 4
First period - 1. BGSU, Mike Falk 2 (Derek
Whitmore) 2:12; 2. MICH, Jason Dest 1 (Eric
Nystrom, Andrew Ebbett) 18:47; 3. MICH, David
Moss 3 (Jeff Tambellini) 18:52. Penalties - Brett
Pilkington, BGSU (cross-checking) 2:43; Charlie
Henderson, MICH (hooking) 7:26; Kevin Porter,
MICH (obstruction-hooking) 11:31; Ryan Min-
nabarriet, BGSU (charging) 15:07; Bryan Dobek,
BGSU (roughing) 17:26; Mike Brown, MICH
(roughing) 17:26; Brandon Kaleniecki, MICH
(slashing) 19:53.
Second period -4. BGSU, Derek Whitmore
7 (Jon Horrell) 1:14; 5. BGSU, James Unger 5
(Bryan Dobek) 8:12: 6. MICH, Brandon Kalen-
iecki 5 (T.J. Hensick, Milan Gajic) 15:56. Penal-
ties -Jason Ryznar, MICH (hooking) 0:43;
Steve Brudzewski, BGSU (obstruction-hooking)
3:50; Kevin Porter, MICH (checking from behind)
10:01; Alex Rogosheske, BGSU (hooking) 13:12;
Taylor Christie, BGSU (slashing) 13:45; Alex Fos-
ter, BGSU (boarding) 16:49.
Third period - 7. BGSU, Ben Geelan 4 (Brett
Pilkington) 2:09; 8. MICH, T.J. Hensick 11 (Matt
Hunwick, Mike Brown) 3:43; 9. MICH, David
Moss 4 (Nick Martens, Matt Hunwick) 6:52.
Penalties- Alex Rogosheske, BGSU (slashing)
6:23; Matt Hunwick, MICH (charging) 8:14;
Brandon Rogers, MICH (slashing) 18:36; Brandon
Rogers, MICH (10-minute misconduct) 18:36.
Shots on goal: MICH 9-15-10 34;BGSU 6-7-13 26. Power
plays: MICH 1 of 7; BGSU 1 of 7. Saves - MICH, Al
Montoya (5-5-12) - 22; BGSU, Jon Horrell (7-
14-8) - 29.
Referee: Brian Aaron
At: BGSU Ice Arena Attendance: 4,537.

nine months, both physically
and mentally, is nothing short
of extraordinary," Bowling
Green coach Scott Paluch
said in a written statement.
"His ability to deal with his
disease and perform at the
high level he has is unbeliev-

, .
° ; ';

Sigalet had kept his condition out of public
knowledge, only alerting his family and coach-
es upon the initial discovery.
Since Sigalet's diagnosis, he has missed just
three games due to his illness, including his
absence on Saturday. Junior Jon Horrell got the
start in Sigalet's place against Michigan, whose
players and coaches learned of the announce-
ment just before the game started.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks
the central nervous system. Vision, muscles
and reflexes are affected by the disorder, which
can also cause numbness.
Sigalet - who made last year's All-CCHA
First Team and was named to the All-CCHA
Preseason Second Team at the start of this sea-
son - was a seventh-round draft pick of the
Boston Bruins in 2001. His shoes were big ones
for Horrell to fill against a resilient and tal-
ented Michigan squad.
"It was a bit nerve-wracking at first," Horrell
said. "You find out in the morning that your

goaltending partner is kind of sick and he might
not be able to play. You just have to get ready to
go. It's hard coming into a game against one of
the top teams in the nation."
In a statement, Sigalet cited the desire to help
others with multiple sclerosis, along with the
possibility of learning more about the disease,
as reasons for going public with his condition.
"What (Sigalet) has done and how he's han-
dled himself through the first half of the sea-
son has been as courageous as anything I've
ever been around from an athlete," Paluch said.
"Certainly, I know our players and our staff
certainly learn a lot and draw a lot from Jordan
over the last nine months and as we move for-
ward on this."
Sigalet tops Bowling Green's all-time save
percentage list with a career mark of .915. His
3.00 goals-allowed per game ranks second in
Falcons history. Sigalet's 1,140 saves during
last year's regular season were the most by any
goalie in the country.
"I was really sorry to hear about Jordan
Sigalet and his situation," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said after the game.
B-DAY FOR T.J: During the second period of
Friday's game, the crowd at Yost Ice Arena
sang "Happy Birthday" for sophomore for-
ward T.J. Hensick. Hensick, who turned 19,
responded by scoring the game-winning goal
1:09 into the third.
"I was talking to Al (Montoya) at the pregame
meal, and I was like, 'You know, it would be
interesting to see if (the crowd sings)' because
I remembered (Montoya) getting one last year,"
Hensick said. "It was nice of the crowd - to
see the support from them."
But Hensick wasn't through after scoring
Michigan's fourth goal. Michigan's leading
scorer with 24 points, Hensick assisted on
Kevin Porter's goal five minutes later, which
gave Michigan a 6-3 lead. He added his sec-

ond goal of the night 15:03 into the final
period to push the Wolverines' lead to four.
Hensick's two goals and three points both
tied season highs.
COMEBACK KIDS: Michigan's comeback from
a 3-0 deficit on Friday marked the first time
since March 26, 1999, that the Wolverines won

a game after trailing by three goals. The last
time came against Denver in the NCAA East
Regional in Worcester, Mass. Michigan ulti-
mately won the game, 5-3. The Wolverines
came back, but settled for a 4-4 tie, after fall-
ing behind to Western Michigan by three goals
on Jan. 20, 2001.


Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Hensick 17 11 13 24 +6 12
Tambellini 18 8 13 21 +14 12
Gajic 18 8 10 18 -1 30
Moss 18 5 12 17 +6 14
Ebbett 18 2 13 15 +6 10
Kolarik 18 7 6 13 0 14
Werner 16 5 8 13 +6 24
Porter 18 6 6 12 +4 26
Hunwick 18 4 7 11 +5 32
Ryznar 18 3 8 11 -1 20
Rogers 18 2 8 10 +12 46
Kaleniecki 18 5 4 9 +3 16
Nystrom 14 3 5 8 +4 21
Rohlfs 16 4 2 6 +7 6
Martens 16 1 5 6 +3 14
Brown 17 2 2 4 +5 38
Dest 18 1 1 2 +10 22
Woodford 6 1 1 2 +2 6
Olson 4 0 1 1 +2,4
Cook 18 0 0 0 +71-
Henderson 2 0 0 0 0 2
Montoya 18 0 0 0 -- 16
Player GP W L T GAA P
Montoya 18 13 4 1 2.55 .8
Ruden 3 0 0 0 0.00 1.

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Bowling Green goalie Jordan Sigalet faced Michigan on Friday. On Saturday, he announced he suffers from MS.
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tty hit or miss How it happened: This play was set up by Hunwick, but it
oya this week was really all Hensick. Hensick grabbed the pass from his team-
period of the mate at the bottom of the circle and went to work. He man-
as one of his aged to maneuver his way around a Bowling Green defender
rebounded by and hurled a wrist shot at the far side of the net. The shot got
rebou Fakds past Falcons goalie Jon Horrell, who was filling in for star net-
t two. n Sat minder Jordan Sigalet.
layd well but Analysis: Much like Friday night, the score was tied at three
goal while he going into the third period. But unlike Friday night, the Wolver-
J the net. ines didn't come out of the break and score five goals. Since the
EThRMINATION Falcons took the lead just two minutes into the final period, the
pressure was on Michigan to score. And they looked to Hensick.
/ //5 He seemed to put the burden on himself to score with the game
on the line.



CCHA Overall

Michigan 11-1-0
Ohio State 9-2-1
Northern Michigan 7-3-2

Bowling Green
Lake Superior
Michigan State
Western Michigan
Notre Dame
Miami (Ohio)
Ferris State



MICHIGAN 8, Bowling Green 3
NOTRE DAME 3, Michigan State 2
Northern Michigan 2, ALASKA-FAIRBANKS 2
Ferris State 3, MIAMI 3
Ohio State 3, CLARKSON 3
Michigan 5, BOWLING GREEN 4
MICHIGAN STATE 4, Notre Dame 1
Northern Michigan 5, ALASKA FAIRBANKS 3
NEBRASKA-OMAHA 5, Lake Superior 1
CLARKSoN 3. Ohio State 1

Continued from page 1B
started on Saturday in place of
"I didn't have to do anything,"
Moss said. "I just put my stick on
the ice, and he shot it off my stick,
and it went in."
In the second period, the puck
took some strange bounces. Just 15
seconds into the period, the puck
ricocheted off the boards and Mon-
toya found himself out of position
behind the net. He dove back in
front of the net and made a sprawl-
ing save. But exactly one minute
later, the Wolverines wouldn't be
so lucky. Falcons freshman forward
Derek Whitmore dumped the puck
into the Michigan zone along the
right boards. Montoya left the net
to play the puck and had no chance
when the puck mysteriously changed
direction and slid into the open net.
"It was a crazy game," Berenson
said. "I don't know whether it's the
pucks they use or we just bring out
the worst or the best in that rink.
But ever since I've been here, every
time we come to Bowling Green,
it's crazy. We had a bounce off the
boards, and I don't know if it's ever
bounced off the boards like that
into the net."
The bounces weren't the only odd
occurrences in Saturday's game.
Despite scoring nine combined
goals, neither team ever held a two-

Continued from page 1B
been significant," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "And the thing that con-
cerned me was that he only had four or
five shots in the first 16 games on the
power play. See what happens when you
shoot the puck?"
The sophomore's prolific night
increased his season goal count expo-
nentially, raising his total from one to
four. His offensive contribution was
especially timely because of senior
defenseman Eric Werner's absence. In
Thursday's practice, Werner collided
with Chad Kolarik and injured his
knee. According to Berenson, Werner
will be sidelined for approximately two
more weeks.
Prior to the games this weekend,
Werner had netted five goals this season
while the rest of the defensive core had
combined for just two.
Appropriately, Werner was the last
Wolverine defenseman to register a hat
trick. He accomplished the feat in last
season's Great Lakes Invitational against
Michigan Tech.
"We were really worried about not

having Eric Werner back there tonight,"
Berenson said. "He's our most dangerous
offensive defenseman, and he's a big part
of our team. But I thought our defense
did a pretty good job without him."
Hunwick helped to pick up the slack
and made his presence felt on the power
play - where Werner may be missed
the most.
"Coach has been telling the defense
to establish our shot on the power play,"
Hunwick said. "It makes it a lot easier
for our forwards because then (our
opponent's) penalty killers really have to
respect us up high, and it gives our for-
wards a lot more room."
Hunwick's hat trick was Michigan's
second this season. Tambellini netted
three goals in Michigan's 5-2 win over
Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 5.
After the game, Hunwick said he
was not sure if his teammates were
focusing on getting him his third goal
and even claimed that he was consider-
ing passing up the shot, but Gajic was
not convinced.
"He was going to shoot every puck he
got," Gajic said right before he turned
to Hunwick with a smile on his face.
"You're so full of it."


Michigan and New Hampshire may play
each other in the GI over the holidays.
Michigan (11-1-0 CCHA, 13-4-1 overall)

Sophomore T.J. Hensick had three goals and two assists during the weekend series.

really didn't want to give up a goal
that early - I mean, we didn't want
to give up a goal at all," Berenson
said. "For them to get back in the
game and take the lead again. it out

loud on the ice. It's a great atmo-
sphere, but it's tough to play when
you can't hear on the ice."
On a power play just minutes
later. Hunwick collected a feed

USCHO Poll for the week of Dec. 6
Games updated through yesterday
Team: Last week: Up Next:
1. Minnesota beat St. Cloud State 2-1, 4-2 Merrimack
2. Wisconsin lost to Minn St. 4-3, beat Minn St. 3-2 Yale


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