4B - The Michigan.Daily - SportsMonday - March 7, 2005
LINE OF THE WEEK
Saturday vs. Bowling Green
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
"It's nice to put another banner up
at Yost, but it's just the beginning for
- Michigan junior Andrew Ebbett
on Michigan's first-place CCHA finish.
Sigalet was one of the fastest
players on the ice during the
weekend series. He had two assists
in the losing cause on Saturday.
Ebbett had four points during the
weekend. He scored a goal in each
game and has now scored in four
straight games for the Wolverines.
Ebbett, Nystrom, Tambellini,
FaBowling Green Falcons
Bowling Green Falcons
Meloche, Matsumo, Unger,
Kolarik (2), Ebbett, Gajic,
Michigan 5, Bowling Green 4
Bowling Green 121 - 4
Michigan 122 - 5
Blue defenders begin final push
First period - 1. MICH, Andrew Ebbett 6 (Jeff
Tambellini, Eric Werner) 4:45. 2. BGSU, Rich
Meloche 9 (James Unger) 15:09. Penalties -
Jon Sitko, BGSU (roughing) 4:16; Matt Hunwick,
MICH (cross-check) 10:20; Mike Brown, MICH
(elbowing) 19:01; Alex Foster, BGSU (high stick-
ing) 20:00; Eric Werner, MICH (roughing) 20:00;
Alex Foster, BGSU (roughing) 20:00; Andrew
Ebbett, MICH (roughing) 20:00; TEAM, MICH
(unsportsman like conduct) 20:00.
Second period -3. MICH, Chad Kolarik 14
(T.J. Hensick, Jeff Tambellini) 2:18. 4. MICH,
Milan Gajic 16 (T.J. Hensick) 10:57. 5. BGSU,
Jonathan Matsumoto 16 (Mike Nesdill, Jonathan
Sigalet) 14:32. 6. BGSU, James Unger 14 (Brett
Pilkington, Jonathan Sigalet) 17:13. Penalties
- John Mazzei, BGSU (elbowing) 1:52; James
Unger, BGSU (interference) 5:49; Jon Sitko,
BGSU (tripping) 9:04. Jason Dest, MICH (check-
ing from behind) 14:23; Brandon Kaleniecki,
MICH (roughing) 16:03; Don Morrison, BGSU
(slashing) 18:04. James Unger, BGSU (board-
Third period - 7. MICH, JeffTambellini 18 (Eric
Werner, Andrew Ebbett) 1:07. 8. MICH, Chad
Kolarik 15 (Jason Rynar, Eric Werner) 6:46. 9.
BGSU, Bryan Dobek 3 (unassisted) 12:03. Penal-
ties - Jonathan Sigalet, BGSU (cross-checking)
5:07; David Moss, MICH (roughing) 3:13; Alex
Rogosheske, BGSU (roughing) 3:13; Jason Dest,
MICH (boarding) 3:29; Jon Sitko, BGSU (hitting
from behind) 8:25; Jon Sitko. BGSU (roughing)
8:25; Mike Brown, MICH (face mask) 8:25; Eric
Nystrom, MICH (charging) 8:50; Steve Brudze-
wski, BGSU (clipping) 14:36; James Unger, BGSU
(slashing) 20:00; Al Montoya, MICH (slashing)
Shots on goal: MICH 13-13-12-38; BGSU 9-9-8-26.
Power plays: MICH 4 of 7; UNO 2 of 8. Saves
- MICH, Al Montoya (8-7-7) - 22; BGSU, Jon
Horrell (12-11-10) - 33.
Referee: Stephen Mclnchak
At: Yost Ice Arena Attendance: 6,938.
By Ryan Sosin
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan celebrated the four-year careers of 10 play-
ers during Saturday's senior night ceremonies. It marked
the beginning of the end for the seniors, but perhaps, more
importantly, the start of every underclassman moving up in
terms of expectations.
"There are no classes right now," Michigan senior captain
Eric Nystrom said. "There are no seniors - there are no
freshmen. It's just a gelling team, and everybody has to step
up and play their best hockey. It doesn't matter if it's your
first time in the playoffs or your last time. Everybody has got
to play their best hockey."
Standing third in line to receive the seniors during the
ceremony, sophomore Matt Hunwick greeted the first eight
seniors with a handshake and a hug. When his defensive part-
ner, Brandon Rogers, came to the line, Hunwick stuck out his
right hand to shake. Instead, Rogers threw his arms around
his linemate as they celebrated their final regular season
While Rogers - the Wolverines' top senior defenseman - enjoyed
what he called the "odd feeling" of skating around for one of the last
times in Ann Arbor, he still has his focus on completing something
his class has yet to do - win a national championship.
"It's a little strange," Rogers said. "It's the first time you
step out onto the ice, and you're looking around saying to
yourself 'it's coming to an end.' Almost. We're not done yet.
We're not satisfied, and we still have a long way to go."
Just as Rogers is playing out the final days of his career,
Hunwick is gearing up to take over the title of top defense-
man. A three-time CCHA Defensive Player of the Week win-
ner this season, Hunwick has continued to pick up his game
down the stretch for the Wolverines.
"(Hunwick) is starting to play that offensive skating style,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "He's adding that confi-
dence to his game. He can wheel with the puck as well as any
defenseman in this league, and he can get you out of trouble
in a minute."
This weekend, Hunwick shined at the defensive end more
than in the attacking zone. Playing with Nystrom and junior
Brandon Kaleneicki, Hunwick helped keep Bowling Green
from getting a single shot off on their 59-second 5-on-3 that
opened the second period, Saturday.
Hunwick had his chances at Bowling Green netminder
John Horrell. After serving a penalty midway through the
first period, Hunwick burst out of the box to find a Michael
Woodford pass coming his way. Breaking in with no one but
Horrell to beat, Hunwick tried to put a shot over the sprawl-
ing Bowling Green keeper. Horrell managed to kick it in the
corner, stifling Hunwick's biggest chance of the night.
"I was hoping for him he was going to bury it," Rogers said.
"But I guess you never want a defenseman taking breakaways."
The senior's tutelage of what it takes to lead the program at
Michigan has been more unspoken than explicit to his sopho-
more defense partner.
"A player like (Rogers), (he's) someone who can do it all,
put everything on the line and be a good leader in the locker
room," Hunwick said. "I kind of just pick up on those things
and hope to carry them into next year."
Despite not claiming to teach Hunwick about the role he
will undoubtedly assume from Rogers next year, the Michi-
gan alternate captain isn't worried about Hunwick's transition
from No. 2 defenseman to the top spot.
"Maybe after the season he'll say some stuff," Hunwick said,
"but right now we're just worried about the games ahead."
Senior Brandon Rogers, left, and his defensive partner sophomore Matt
Hunwick celebrated their final regular season game together Friday.
Don't close the storybook just yet. There are still a few pages
left to write. The two have a little more business to attend to
together before Rogers passes the baton to Hunwick.
G A Pts
22 26 48
18 29 47
16 17 33
15 16 31
6 25 31
10 18 28
11 16 27
7 20 27
10 13 23
6 16 22
5 16 21
2 18 20
11 6 17
5 5 10
3 4 7
1 4 5
2 1 3
0 3 3
0 0 0
+/- PIM Sht
+14 24 113
+25 24 174
+3 38 101
+8 49 96
+12 24 80
+9 26 71
+16 29 50
+18 42 40
+11 45 53
+10 50 49
+3 46 42
+18 66 69
+7 42 115
+7 30 27
+11 93 50
0 24 25
0 4 10
-- 22 0
+4 6 5
+7 50 14
-- 0 0
S13 - Mike Brown
19 - Andrew Ebbett
21 - Eric Nystrom
BOWLING GREEN PLAYERS
27 - Alex Foster
56 - Jonathan Sigalet
57 - Jordan Sigalet
- Skating w/ puck Skating w/o puck . . . Pass - - Shot
How it happened: Ebbett had the puck along the boards
and looked toward the Bowling Green net. As he often is,
senior captain Eric Nystrom was stationed in front of the oppo-
nents' net. Nystrom yelled to Ebbett to shoot. Ebbett listened
and shot the puck along the ice toward the goal. Nystrom got
a stick on it and redirected the puck into the top of the net.,
The goal ended up being the game-winning goal in the confer-
Analysis: If Ebbett keeps up this scoring pace, the rest
of the CCHA, and the nation for that matter, better watch
out. He's scored a goal in four consecutive games, and, in
each game this weekend, he had a goal and an assist. His 25
assists on the season are third best on the team.
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the ice, one by one, in a spotlight. They skated down the line and hugged all
their younger teammates and met their parents on the ice near the bench as
has become Michigan tradition. After posing for photographs, they skated
around with Michigan flags and, at the end, put their lips to the ice while the
fans stayed and cheered.
"It goes by fast," Nystrom said. "It's been a heck of a ride, but it's not
over yet. It was tough swallowing the tears a little bit when we were kiss-
ing the ice."
Michigan 4, BOWLING GREEN 1
MICHIGAN STATE 3, Notre Dame 2
NORTHERN MICHIGAN 4, Lake Superior 2
Ohio State 3, MIAMI 1
Western Michigan 5, FERRIS STATE 1
MICHIGAN 5, Bowling Green 4
Ferris State 5, WESTERN MICHIGAN 2
Michigan State 2, NOTRE DAME 1
Northern Michigan 3, LAKE SUPERIOR 2
OHIO STATE 2, Miami (Ohio) 2
By Ryan Sosin
Daily Sports Writer
Just five days after playing against the Wolverines
at Yost Ice Arena, the nation's top recruit and United
States National Team Development Program star Phil
Kessel announced his verbal commitment to play for
Minnesota next season.
The announcement, which came Friday during a phone
press conference, marked the end of Michigan's bid for
the 17-year-old phenom. Earlier reports had Michigan out
of the running as late as last Tuesday. While the team
couldn't comment, it is believed that it made a strong
push for Kessel, who is projected as the top pick in the
2006 NHL draft.
"I woke up one morning, and, in my heart, I felt Min-
nesota was the best place for me," Kessel said.
Mixing speed, talent and a sixth-sense for the game,
Kessel has been mentioned in concert with NHL Hall of
Famers Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.
Playing in his second season with the Ann Arbor-based
NTDP, Kessel leads the team in almost every category.
With 36 goals and 30 assists in 33 games, he set the pro-
gram record for career goals and is close to the mark for
assists. In two seasons, he has 88 goals in 95 contests.
Minnesota trumped one of the Wolverines biggest
advantages, a close proximity to the program, and four of
Kessel's teammates had already signed with the Gophers
next year. Kessel told the Associated Press that the sign-
ing of two of his NTDP teammates - Ryan Stoa and Jeff
Frazee - helped seal the deal for Minnesota.
Future Gopher Phil Kessel skates against Michigan last week.
"(Stoa) and (Frazee) have been two of my good bud-
dies," Kessel said. "I've always wanted to go to school
where by buddies are."
Wisconsin is also feeling the burn from Kessel who
grew up in Madison. The Gophers and Badgers are bitter
rivals in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Michigan sophomore Mike Brown fights with Alex Foster at the end of the first period.
Dave Brown will likely be in goal when the
Irish come to Ann Arbor next weekend.