It was the Jeff Tambellini show all weekend at Yost Ice Arena as the junior forward notched a hat trick Friday and two more goals and an assist Saturday en route to a Michigan sweep of Miami-Ohio.
The Wolverines (7-2-1, 5-1-0 CCHA) picked up a 5-2 win Friday and a 5-3 victory the next night to stay atop the CCHA standings.
"In the first couple of games, I was just shooting, putting pucks on the net," explained Tambellini. "Now I'm just going to play off the confidence. When you put pucks in the net, and you really start feeling an extra bit of patience and seeing the net. Right now I'm just trying to get shots away and right now they're going in."
"There's nothing like scoring to get a goal scorer going," Michigan head coach Red Berenson said. "You could just see him, he had his nose to the grind stone. I thought he worked harder, he paid attention to getting his shots to the net. He's not just shooting anymore, he's shooting to score. If you see his last goal, it was a goal scorer's goal."
Friday, freshman Chad Kolarik and sophomore T.J. Hensick backed Tambellini's three goals with singles of their own while senior David Moss assisted on all of Tambellini's goals. Saturday, Moss, Kolarik and sophomore David Rohlfs scored for the Maize and Blue.
Junior goalie Al Montoya earned the win in net both nights making 18 saves Friday and 12 on Saturday.
“It's huge, beating Miami, especially with the off-week coming up," Moss said. "We have a chance to rest up before facing another good team in Michigan State."
The Wolverines are in East Lansing on Nov. 18 before hosting the Spartans two nights later in Ann Arbor.