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Monday, January 17, 2005

Wolverines all over Alaska-Fairbanks

Michigan continues to hold down first place in the CCHA and dominated visiting Alaska-Fairbanks last weekend in consecutive 5-2 victories.

Friday, T.J. Hensick, Mike Brown, Matt Hunwick, Kevin Porter and captain Eric Nystrom all scored for the Wolverines (18-5-1, 15-1-0 CCHA). Al Montoya made 26 saves for the win and Brandon Rogers and Chad Kolarik each added two assists.

"I think we just kept our focus," said Nystrom. "The first two periods we were just terrible with the puck. Puck control, the passing was just not good. In the third period, we got a little better. We started moving our feet and creating some chances."

Saturday, Hensick and Nystrom scored again to go along with goals from Jeff Tambellini, Milan Gajic and David Rohlfs. Kolarik added two more assists. Montoya finished with 28 saves, but did allow two late third-period goals to the Nanooks.

"I thought our team was a better team, from start to finish," Michigan head coach Red Berenson said. "The finish put a sour taste on the whole game. It was two victories in a hard-fought weekend for our team. You have to give Fairbanks credit, they're a good team. We've got 10 seniors and they've got 10 freshmen. There's not that much to choose between the teams. You've got to give them credit to come in here and play as well as they did."

The Wolverines are at Ohio State this weekend.

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