4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 7, 2005
LINE OF THE WEEK
Friday's game vs. Notre Dame
2 G, 2 A, 5 shots
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
"It was a dive."
- Michigan forward Chad Kolarik
talking about the diving penalty given
to him in the second period of Saturday
Amado notched a goal in each game
during the weekend series.
The freshman wing saved the Wolverines
with two late goals on Friday night after
the Irish closed to within one goal in the
PA Notre Dame
8 Special teams key to M' sweep
By Daniel Levy
Daily Sports Writer
MichIgan 4, Notre Dame 2
Michigan 2 2 0 -
Notre Dame 2 0 0 -
First period -. MICH, Andrew Cogliano 7
(Andrew EbbettC 4:57; 2. ND, Matt Amado 2
(Tim Wallace) 6:34; 3. ND, Jason Paige 1 (Tom
Sawatske, Garrett Regan) 11:24; 4. MICH, Chad
Kolarik 2 (Jack Johnson, Kevin Porter) 19:55
Penalties -Tim Miller, MICH (contact to the
head-high sticking) 1:06; Jason Paige, ND (trip-
ping) 4:13; Chris Trick, ND (obstruction-cross
checking) 8:17; Tim Wallace, ND (obstruction-trip-
Second period - 5. MICH, Chad Kolarik 3
(Andrew Cogliano, Jack Johnson) 15:10; 6.
MICH T.J. Hensick 5 (Jason Bailey, Kevin Por-
ter) 16:32. Penalties -Jason Bailey, MICH
(slashing) 12:53; Mike Walsh, ND (contact to
the head-high sticking) 13:59; Jason Paige, ND
(hooking) 18:39; Chad Kolarik, MICH (diving)
Third period - No Scoring Penalties - T.J.
Hensick, MICH (interference) 0:50; Mike Walsh,
ND (roughing) 3:40; Tim Cook, MICH (roughing)
3:40; Brandon Kaleniecki, MICH (contact to the
head-high sticking) 4:14: Mark Mitera, MICH
(cross checking) 11:20; Tim Wallace, ND (hook.
ing) 12:28; Tim Wallace, ND (cross checking)
Shots on goal: MICH 8-12-9-29; ND 10-2-17-29. Power
plays: MICH 3 of 6; ND 0 of 5. Saves - MICH Billy
Sauer (8-2-17) -27; ND Jordan Pearce (6-10-9)
The first five minutes of Saturday's game at Yost Ice Arena
summed up Michigan's weekend series against Notre Dame.
One minute into the action, Michigan forward Tim Miller was
whistled for high sticking. The penalty gave the Fighting Irish
a two minute power play, but it was hard to tell which team had
Wolverine captain Andrew Ebbett combined with alternate
captain Brandon Kaleniecki to stifle Notre Dame by keeping the
Fighting Irish bottled up in their own zone. The duo even cre-
ated a short-handed scoring chance. When Notre Dame finally
got the puck into the Michigan zone, Wolverine forward Chad
Kolarik slid on the ice to block a Fighting Irish shot. Michigan
successfully killed the penalty, and more impressively, they held
Notre Dame without a shot on goal.
"We're doing a great job of not letting them in the zone and
forechecking," Ebbett said. "If they do get in the zone, we are
pressuring them and doing a great job blocking shots. If they're
not getting shots through, then they're not getting any chances."
Three minutes later, Notre Dame center Jason Paige was sent
to the penalty box for tripping. On the ensuing power play, Ebbett
dropped the puck off in the right slot where center Andrew
Cogliano was waiting. Cogliano one-timed the puck though the
traffic in front of the net and beat Notre Dame goalie Jordan
Pearce through the five-hole, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
"We're moving the puck well on the power play," Ebbett said.
"We're making the right plays, and it's going in for us. On the power
play, you're either hot or you're cold, and right now we are on fire."
The Wolverines dominated special teams play all weekend
long, which was the main reason they came away with a sweep
in the home-and-home series against the Fighting Irish. Michi-
gan was a combined 7-of-13 on the power play in the two games
against Notre Dame, and they killed off 14-of-15 Fighting Irish
j power plays, including all five on Saturday night.
"Their skill level shows up a lot more on special teams," Notre
Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. "They have some dynamic play-
ers, and we're short a few of them."
After falling behind 2-1 Saturday, Michigan climbed back into
the game thanks to the power play. With time winding down in
the first period, defenseman Jack Johnson showed good patience
and waited for a lane to open up in front of the net. Once he got
it, Johnson rocketed a slap shot on net that Pearce saved. But the
rebound came right to Kolarik, who banged the puck past Pearce
to tie the game.
"I got lucky on all three of my goals this weekend," Kolarik
said. "Pretty much, you can put all 23 guys out there on the
power play, and we all can do something."
The second period was a replay of the first. Midway through
it, Michigan forward Jason Bailey was called for hooking, but
the Wolverines' penalty kill was too tough for the Fighting Irish
to figure out. Again, Michigan killed the penalty without allow-
ing a single shot on net.
Two minutes later, the Wolverines displayed- great passing to
take the lead with another power-play goal. Johnson dropped the
puck to Cogliano in the right slot. Cogliano immediately sent the
puck cross-ice to Kolarik who one-timed a shot into the empty
net before Pearce could slide over to make the save.
Due to its great execution on special teams, the large number
of penalties called in Friday night's game favored Michigan. In an
8-5 win, the Wolverines scored half their goals on the power play,
while killing off nine-of-10 Notre Dame extra-man advantages.
Although Michigan had the edge in special teams, Michigan coach
Red Berenson was not pleased with the amount of penalties called.
"Thirty-eight of the 60 minutes were spent on either the
power play or the penalty kill," Berenson said. "So there wasn't
a chance to develop a flow of the game."
As expected, Jackson also wasn't too pleased with Friday
"I liked the game (Saturday night) because (referee) Matt
Shegos didn't blow the whistle every two seconds," Jackson said.
"Power plays slow the game down. I like the way he called the
game (Saturday night)."
While the Michigan power play and penalty kill have been ter-
rific this season, the Wolverines are a little concerned about their
lack of even-strength production. In five-on-five play, Notre Dame
outscored Michigan 6-4 on the weekend, with Michigan's other
goal coming off an empty net situation at the end of Friday's game.
"I know and our team knows that we didn't play as well in
certain parts of the game," Berenson said. "Obviously, we have
to improve on our five-on-five."
Michigan coach Red Berenson: "Kaleniecki is a bulldog out there."
Kalenlecki played a key role in Michigan's penalty kill.
G A Pts +/- PIM Sht
5 12 17 +5 4 36
7 8 15 -2 6 31
3 11 14 +3 30 19
4 9 13 -+4 12 16
7 4 11 0 4 30
3 7 10 -1 17 31
3 5 8 0 18 18
3 5 8 +5 10 19
1 2 3 +1 4 6
o 3 3 +1 8, 13
1 1 2 -3 6 10
1 1 2 -1 21 26
1 1 2 -1 2 11
1 0 1 +1 10 6
1 0 1 -7 4 11
0 1 1 +1 6 12
0 1 1 +2 4 7
0 0 0 -5 19 5
0 0 0 -5 25 7
00 0 0 0 0
As o ing players head to the penalty box, Michigan fans do the "C-YA" cheer in which they shout insults at the oth
team. Lately the Michigan Athletic Department has been saying c-ya to fans who use "the c-sucker word" during the chee
On Saturday night, we went in the crowd and asked for your opinions.
"I think it's OK in the student "I don't like the idea of kicking people out. As an
section as long as it isn't in the alternative, we need to yell everything else and cute
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other sections where there are
Alumni, class of'74
"I think it's stupid. What's the dif-
ference between saying cocksucker
and douchebag. Just because we
say cocksucker shouldn't be that
big of a deal."
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out the cocksucker."
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"As long as they don't use gross profanity, like
the C-word they were using. I don't mind it. It
really doesn't bother me. For saying the C-word
they should kick people out. There were a lot of
kids over there. People bring their young cil.
dren. The other words I don't mind though."
ines imposed their offensive will on the Irish, but were
marred by some defensive breakdowns.
The Wolverines were enjoying a comfortable 6-3
r- lead with five minutes remaining when all hell broke
Notre Dame freshman Garrett Regan scored a con-
troversial goal in which he ran into both goalie Noah
Ruden and the goalpost. The goal came unhinged from
its bearings, as the puck slid across the goal line.
Just 23 seconds later, Notre Dame freshman Erik
Condra got free on a breakaway, and as he was being
fouled by Johnson, he was somehow able to §hoot tl ie
puck past Ruden. Suddenly, the Irish had pulled within
After the Condra goal, Cogliano took over. With
three and a half minutes remaining and Michigan
clinging to its 6-5 lead, Cogliano came streaking down
the right wing and let loose a slap shot cross ice that
beat Notre Dame goalie David Brown top shelf. About
a minute and a half later Cogliano padded his stats
with an empty net goal.
Cogliano stepped to the forefront against Notre
Dame. For the weekend he hadthree goals and three
assists. He consistently created chances for the Wol-
- ,verines with his blazing speed and deceptive shot.
Afterstarting the season slowly, he now has points in
six straight games.
For a young player to step up and score a huge
goal and make a play, that's huge," Berenson said.
. "He's got the speed, he's an opportunist, and it paid
off for us."
Lack of discipline: penalties hold Blue back
Michigan 8,.NOTRE DAME 5
Alaska-Fairbanks 5, FERRIS STATE 2
MICHIGAN STATE 5, Northern Mich 4 (OT)
BOWLING GREEN 7, Neb.-Omaha 3
MIAMI (OHIO) 3, Ohio State 1
Lake Superior 10, WESTERN MICHIGAN 1
MICHIGAN 4, Notre Dame 2
Alaska-Fairbanks 3, FERRIS STATE 3
MICHIGAN STATE 5, Northern Mich. 0
BOWLING GREEN 4, Neb.-Omaha 3
Miami (OH) 4, OHIO STATE 1
Lake Superior 3, WESTERN MICHIGAN 1
The Wolverines travel to Mar-
quette to face the No. 14 Wild-
cats. Northern Michigan boasts
rponn CCHA n-1ver ofthe
By H. Jose Bosch
Daily Sports Writer
Notre Dame forward Erik Condra collected the loose puck at center ice
and was off to the races. Condra and freshman defenseman Jack Johnson
bumped and smacked into each other as the two came perilously close to
Michigan senior goalie Noah Ruden. In the blink of an eye, Condra took
a shot, Johnson tripped Condra and the puck slid past Ruden and into the
back of the net, which had come off its moorings. The linesman signaled
a goal and Ruden vehemently argued that the net had come loose before
the puck crossed the goal line. The Bloomfield Hills native had to be
restrained by another linesman and some of his fellow teammates.
"I wouldn't say (Johnson and Ruden) lost their cool," Michigan coach
Red Berenson said. "They were excited about the fact that it was a con-
Notre Dame's final goal during Friday night's game
summarized a frustrating evening for the Wolverines.
Aside from being on the receiving end of some tough
calls, the team also committed 11 penalties for a total
of 22 penalty minutes.
"Penalty killing and power plays hurt the flow of
the game," freshman forward Andrew Cogliano said.
Being forced to kill the penalty, Michigan couldn't get into
any offensive rhythm and was forced to play a physical game.
As the penalties accumulated, the Wolverines looked visibly
upset, pushing and shoving after the whistles and getting into
small skirmishes with the Fighting Irish players. In one display
of frustration, Johnson threw his broken stick into the offensive
zone toward Notre Dame's goaltender while play resumed.
The play of the defense was another source of frustration for the Wol-
Despite holding leads of 4-1, 5-2 and 6-3, Michigan had trouble putting
the game away and allowed the Fighting Irish to pull within one after
the Condra goal. The Wolverines couldn't breathe easy until freshman
forward Andrew Cogliano's shot hit the back of an empty net at 19:06 to
make the game 8-5.
"We got comfortable with the lead there and (got) a little too relaxed"
Senior goalie Noah Ruden was in the middle of the action all night long in Michigan's 8-5 win at Notre Dame on Friday.
play, Johnson held the puck at the point. As he shifted to his left toward
the middle of the ice, Johnson kept faking shots to draw the defenders.
Once he had the defenders right where he wanted them, Johnson slipped
a pass toward the left circle to Kolarik, who punched the one-timerover
"I'm not happy with the game," Ruden said. "I can't give up three goals
in the third period and five goals in the game - especially on the road."
Berenson was quick to point out that the defense left Ruden out to dry
on many occasions.