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Monday, December 13, 2004

Michigan at top of CCHA after Bowling Green sweep

Michigan took a home-and-home series from Bowling Green last weekend with an 8-3 win Friday night in Ann Arbor and a 5-4 squeaker the next night at Bowling Green.

With the wins, U of M (13-4-1, 11-1-0 CCHA) is all alone in first place in the CCHA.

Defenseman Matt Hunwick scored his first career hat trick and Michigan rebounded from a 3-0 first-period deficit to defeat Bowling Green 8-3 Friday. Sophomore T.J. Hensick (two goals, assist) and senior Milan Gajic (goal, two assists) also had three-point nights for Michigan.

Junior Brandon Kaleniecki and freshman Kevin Porter scored Michigan's other tallies. Junior Al Montoya picked up the win in goal with a 19-save performance. Noah Ruden played the final 6:14 and made just one save.

"(Michigan head coach Red Berenson has) been talking to a lot of defensemen, especially on the power play, to establish the shot," Hunwick said. "It makes it a lot easier for our forwards because their penalty killers really have to respect us up high, and give our forwards down low a lot more room. It was good to do that tonight."

"We dug ourselves a hole, [but] we stuck together," said Berenson. "We were probably fortunate we had the intermission to regroup, and I can't tell you that we played terrible the first period. We had to stay focused on what we came to do and how we came to play and make our chances count."

Saturday in Ohio, senior David Moss scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner at 6:52 of the third period, as U-M picked up a 5-4 win. Jason Dest and Hensick also scored along with Kaleniecki. Hunwick chipped in two asissts.

Montoya made 22 saves for the victory.

Michigan is off for 18 days until it competes in the 40th annual Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 29, taking on Michigan Tech at 4:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

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