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- SportsMonday - December 6, 2004

Kevin Porter
Saturday vs. Notre Dame

I got a picture with Kid Rock on one
hand and Tara Reid on the other."


Rory Walsh
(Notre Dame)
With 14 goals-against, Notre Dame
didn't offer up much. But the
Irish's third-string goalie wasn't
responsible for any of the mess.

Chad Kolarik
Kolarik continued his roll despite battling
a hip-pointer injury all week. The fresh-
man netted a goal in each of the week-
end's games. He also had two assists.

- Michigan senior Milan Gajic on his
2 goals, 2 assists, +4 rating experience at Thursday's Mott Pro-Am.

FRIDAY'S GAME Fi rst-vear icers l*h1
rDameIisErlighting the lamp for Blue
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Michigan Wolverines 6
Hensick, Werner, Kaleniecki, By Gabe Edelson didn't really take much time for them to feel com-
Kolarik, Gajic, Rogers Daily Sports Writer fortable out there."
Michigan coach Red Berenson is becoming
SATURDAY'S GAME y x . SOUTH BEND - Just four minutes into Satur- accustomed to stellar play from his only first-year
Michigan Wolverines 8 day night's hockey game at the Joyce Center, with pupils.
Tambellini(2), Porter(2), Michigan on the power play, freshman forward "They've been playing well," Berenson said.
Hensick, Kelarik, Werner, Byznar -Kevin Porter fed a cross-ice pass to fellow first- "This is not a surprise. Kolarik has continued to
s. year icer Chad Kolarik, who one-timed a shot at play well, and Porter's played well from day one."
Notre Dame Irish 0 - Notre Dame goalie Morgan Cey. Kolarik's shot Kolarik already has 12 points on the season
popped into the air when it reached Cey, found with seven goals and five assists. Porter is nip-


Michigan 8, Notre Dame 0
Michigan 3 2 3 -
Wisconsin 0 0 0 -


First period-1. MICH, TJ. Hensick 8 (Matt Hun-
wick, Kevin Porter) 1:54; 2. MICH, Chad Kolarik /
(Kevin Porter, Brandon Rogers) 4:03; 3. MICH Eric
Werner5 (David Moss, Chad Kolarik)i19:32. Penal-
ties - Noh tai, 50 ihookigi 347; Reilly Oso,
MICH (tipping 535; Matt H nick, IC i(holdig
the stick) 7:01; Matt Amado, ND(tripping) 17:48.
Second period - 4. MICH, Kevin Porter 4 (TJ. Hen-
sick, Chad Kolarik) 12:38; 5. MICH, JefflTambellini
7 (Brandon Rogers, Eric Nystrom)i13:10.Penalties
-JeffTambellini, MICH(elbowing)i:23; Brock
Shehan,,,N50(obstucin-hkig 109; Reilly
eson, MICH (hodig) g358; 5rck Sheahan, D
hooking) 4:16; Evan Rankin, ND(kneeing)12:18;
Matt Hunwick, MICH (interference)1658; Eric
Werner, MICH(tripping)19:18.
Thirdiperiod-6. MICH, Kevin Porter 5 (Unas-
sisted 454; 7. MIC, Jeff Tamelii 8(ndea
Ebett)6 h02; 8 IC, Jaso Rysr 3i(Daeid
Moss, Brandon Rogers) 6:41. Penalties - Matt
Hunwick, MICH (cross-checking) 0:50; Evan
Rankin, ND (hooking) 2:38; Jason Paige, ND
(hett-endig - 5-iute mao)i601; Jasn Paige,
ND (co eiscuducti6: 01;T TiWalace,ig0
(elbowing) 6:27; Andrew Ebbett, MICH (rough-
ing) 9:24; Jason Ryznar, MICH (roughing) 19:28;
Mihaei tatet, 50 isoeghig)i1928; Michaei
Brtiet N N10-miutemo iscnduct 1928.
hotsoi goal: IC 203-4 47; NOD84-16. Pawer
ays ic Heof11; ND 0 of 7. aves- MA ri
Montoya (8-4-4) -16; ND, Morgan Cey (17-0.
0), David Brown (0-11-1) - 39.
Note: David Brown replaced Morgan Cey in goal
for Notre Dame at 20:00 oftthe first period.
At: The Joyce Center Attendance: 2,693.
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM Sht
Hensick 15 8 11 19 +3 10 47
Tambellini 16 8 10 18 +12 10 74
Moss 16 3 12 15 +7 12 31
Gajic 16 7 7 14 0 30 43
Werner 16 5 8 13 +6 24 22
Ebbett 16 2 11 13 +4 10 40
Kolarik 16 7 5 12 +2 12 36
Porter 16 5 6 11 +2 22 20
Ryznar 16 3 7 10 +1 16 27
Kaleniecki 16 3 4 7 +3 14 55
Rogers 16 2 5 7 +9 34 31
Rohlfs 15 4 2 6 +76 20
Nystrom 12 3 3 6 +2 21 16
Hunwick 16 1 5 6 +4 30 15
Martens 14 1 4 5 +5 12 11
Brown 15 2 0 2 +3 32 32
Woodford 6 1 1 2 +2 6 6
Dest 1680 1 1 +7 22 20
Cook 16 0 0 0 +4 18 4
Olson 2 0 0 0 +3 4 1
Henderson 1 0 0 0 +1 0 3
Montoya 16 0 0 0 -- 16 0
Ruden 2 0 0 0 - 0 0
Montoya 16 11 4 1 2.41 .901
Ruden 2 0 0 0 0.00 1.000
Team CCHA Overall
Ohio State 9-2-1 11-4-1
Michigan 9-1-0 11-4-1
Northern Mich. 6-3-1 -4-2
Bowling Green 5-3-2 -4-2
Nebraska-Omaha 5-6-1 7-6-1
Alaska-Fairbanks 5-5-0 6-6-0
Lake Superior 4-5-1 5-8-1
Western Michigan 4-7-1 8-7-1
Michigan State 4-6-0 7-8-1
Miami 10H1 3-61 78-1
Notre Dame 2-7-3 3-8-4
Ferris State 2-7-1 5-10-1
MiCHIGAN 6, Notre Dame 1
OHIo STATE 2, Alaska-Fairbanks 1
Bowling Green 2, MICHIGAN STATE 1
WESTERN MICH. 5,5Ferris State 3
NORTHERN MICH. 3, Nebraska-Omaha 2
Michigan 8, NTRE DAME 0
NORTHERN MICH. 6, Nebraska-Omaha 3
Michigan State 6, BWLING GREEN 4
FERRIS STATE 6, Western Mich. 2
OHIO STATE 5l. alska-Fairbanks 2

its way over the netminder and trickled over the
line to give Michigan a 2-0 lead early in the first
That play set the tone for the freshman duo,
which combined for a remarkable seven points in
the Wolverines' 8-0 win.
Porter's two goals and four total points - he
also tallied a pair of assists - were both career
highs. The freshman was thrilled to finally break
through after not scoring a goal since Oct. 29
against Ferris State.
"It's about time," said a visibly relieved Porter
after Saturday's contest. "I haven't had (a goal)
in a while, so it was nice to get a couple this
Kolarik also had plenty to smile about. His goal
and two assists in the second game of the home-
and-home series gave him the first three-point
night of his young collegiate career. It was also
Kolarik's first multiple-assist effort at the NCAA
level, yet he remained humble afterwards.
"It's definitely important that the young play-
ers step up," Kolarik said. "But we also have great
senior leadership. So it's the whole team just doing
all that we can."
But the more experienced members of the squad
appreciate what the newest players have brought
to the table.
"The freshmen are pulling their weight for
y sure," sophomore defenseman Jason Dest said.
"We have two kids come in freshman year and
score as many goals as they are (scoring), and it

ping at his counterpart's heels with five goals and
six assists for 11 total points. Each freshman also
scored in Friday's game, with Kolarik notching a
goal and Porter recording an assist. Kolarik leads
all Michigan players with four power play goals
this year.
Senior forward Milan Gajic has found it easy to
adjust to the freshmen this season. He attributes
much of the team's seamless integration of its new
talent to the small size of the incoming class.
"We only have two new guys up front, and
we've all played with each other," said Gajic
after Friday's game. "If you're throwing five or
six guys who we've never played with in the mix,
then it's going to be a different story. It's easier
to get to know two new guys compared with five
or six. We kind of know where everyone's going
to be."
But Berenson can't look past the role of his elder
statesmen in guiding the fresh faces through their
opening campaign.
"It's a good sign, obviously, for our young
players to play well, but they're getting some
good leadership too," Berenson said. "The nuts
and bolts of the team is the leadership and the
experience and the guidance and the support that
they're getting."
But for a team whose leading scorer each of the
past two years has been a freshman - T.J. Hensick
last season and Jeff Tambellini in 2002-03 - the
youth movement has once again made a statement
on the offensive end.

Freshman forward Chad Kolarik had a goal and two assists at Notre Dame on Saturday night. Fellow
freshman Kevin Porter added four points on two goals and two assists In the game.

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How it happened: Michigan was rewarded with its first
power play of Saturday's game just four minutes in. The two
Michigan freshmen, playing together, took advantage of the
man advantage right away when Kevin Porter slid a pass to
Chad Kolarik, who slapped a one-timer off the left pad of
Notre Dame goalie Morgan Cey. The puck popped up into the
air and dropped over the line and into the net to give Michi-
gan a 2-0.advantage at the Joyce Center.
Analysis: The rout was on. Michigan led 2-0 after only four
minutes of play and was off to a rare fast start on the road. The
power play goal was the first of five that Michigan would score
on the night. Porter added two goals and an assist, while Kolarik
assisted on two more goals as the night progressed.

Olson makes impression in season debut

By Ian Herbert
Daily Sports Writer
SOUTH BEND - While on a
power play in the third period,
Michigan looked like it would get
caught in a line
Jason Dest was
coming off the ice,
and Notre Dame
started pushing
the puck up the right side out of the
zone. The Michigan defender who
was replacing Dest came flying in
off the bench, dove across the ice
and kept the puck in the zone. That
defender was Reilly Olson - - a
senior who hadn't played since his
sophomore season.
Until this weekend, the defensive
pairings of the Michigan hockey
team had remained stagnant this
season. With Olson as the team's
only nonplaying defenseman, there
wasn't much pressure on the others
to play well enough to keep their
But for the second straight week-
end, Michigan coach Red Beren-
son made a lineup switch. Last
weekend, Berenson sat his leading
scorer, sophomore T.J. Hensick,
on Saturday against then-No. 2
Wisconsin. Hensick played against
Notre Dame, scoring two goals and
registering one assist.
This weekend, Berenson gave
Olson an opportunity in place of
senior Nick Martens. Berenson
said on Thursday that Olson looked
prepared all week in practice. And
this weekend against Notre Dame,
he showed that he was ready to be a
contributor for the Wolverines.
"Reilly came in and did an admi-
rable job for a kid who's only played
12 or 13 games in his career,"
Berenson said. "He's going to give

us some depth on defense."
For the Wolverines, it's impor-
tant to know that they can count
on Olson to perform well. He will
apparently replace defenseman Matt
Hunwick for the Great Lakes Invi-
tational over winter break because
Hunwick will be playing with the
U.S. National Junior Team.
"It was really good for him," said
Dest of Olson's play this weekend.
"He really came out. He hadn't
played in a while, and he really
came out this weekend and showed
us - his coaches, his teammates
and everybody else - that he can
play. So, we can rely on him to be a
solid defenseman."
Olson didn't put up spectacu-
lar numbers. He had no points on
one shot and had four penalty min-
utes. But he was plus-four for the
weekend - one of the better lines
among Michigan defensemen. The
appearance was Olson's first since
his sophomore year when he played
against Ohio State.
SPECIAL NIGHT: Last weekend against
Wisconsin, Michigan gave up both a
power play goal and a short-handed
tally. The Wolverines occasionally
tried playing five forwards on the
power play, but nothing worked.
But the Michigan hockey
machine was working on all lev-
els throughout the weekend against
Notre Dame, and even the special
teams decided to show up. Seven
of the team's 14 goals over the
weekend came on the power play
- more than this season's Wolver-
ines scored in all of November.
"Overall, (special teams) was
good," Berenson said. "Our power
play was good, and our penalty kill-
ing had to be good. We were two
men short out there (four times), and
we did a good job. So good for us."
NoTEs: The last time that Michi-

gan swept Notre Dame was Oct. banks 8-0 ... Saturday's victory
7-8, 1999. Notre Dame swept the was also Berenson's 544th of his
Wolverines last year in South Bend career, moving into sole possession
... Saturday's eight-goal win was of ninth place all-time among Divi-
the largest margin of victory for sion I coaches. He is currently 11
the Wolverines since November of wins behind former Michigan Tech
1000 % - ''-l '--'^t-pv U-' --A' - ---Far-n r n n ai ncf- icyhth'

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up too many points, so I have to do
something else to make up for it."
The Wolverines pushed their
lead to 3-0 in the first period when
senior Eric Werner put back a David
Moss rebound, and Porter stretched
the lead to four when he took a pass
from Hensick in front of the net
and buried it past Irish replacement
goalie David Brown.
The only part of the weekend that
did not go as planned was the start
of Friday's game. Michigan was
sloppy at the outset of the contest. It
committed turnovers and had trou-
ble stringing more than one pass
together at a time.
"In the first period, it seemed
like we weren't playing our game,"
junior Brandon Kaleniecki said.
"They were doing a good job of
slowing the game down, and we
weren't moving our feet."
But the Wolverines - as they have
become accustomed to - picked up
their play at Yost Ice Arena in the
subsequent periods. 8:47 into the
second period, Kaleniecki took a
pass from senior Milan Gajic from
behind the net and scored to give
Michigan a 3-1 lead.
"It always motivates when you
get to play in front of a home
crowd," Kaleniecki said. "Once
you get something going there, you
just take off. Every time we play
at home, when we get something
going, they're amazing."
With the win, the Wolverines pushed
their record to 6-0-1 at Yost this season.
Michigan's pair of wins avenged
a sweep at the hands of Irish last
season at the Joyce Center. Friday's
win also snapped Michigan's two-
game losing streak.
"It feels great, definitely,"
Kolarik said. "Not just that we won
8-0 (Saturday), but that we swept.
We only let up one goal all week-
end, so it was great for us coming
off a bad weekend."

Bowling Green goalie Jordan Sigalet.
Michigan (9-1-0 CCHA, 11-4-1 overall)
continues conference play with a home-j
and-home series against Bowling Green
(5-3-2, 8-4-2). The Falcons are coming
off a weekend split with Michigan State.
All-CCHA goalie Jordan Sigalet stopped
46 shots on Friday to beat the Spartans
2-1 but sat out Saturday's 6-4 loss with
flu-like symptoms. Michigan forwards will
have to bring their A-game if they want to
continue their torrid scoring pace.

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Reilly Olson played for the first time this season against Notre Dame.

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