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Monday, February 14, 2005

Michigan still atop CCHA standings

With their sweep sweep of Nebraska-Omaha on the road last weekend, No. 6 Michigan retains the top spot in the CCHA standings with a 22-7-3 overall mark and 19-3-2 record in league play.

Ohio State is just one point back of U-M.

Captain Eric Nystrom scored twice and Brandon Kaleniecki notched the game-winner 12:29 into the third period as U-M won 6-4 at UNO on Friday night. Chad Kolarik, Eric Werner and T.J. Hensick also scored to back Al Montoya's 19-save outing. Andrew Ebbett recorded three assists.

"He played terrifically," Michigan head coach Red Berenson said of Nystrom. "He led our team the way a captain should. He and Ebbett had great games. Nystrom was a warrior all the way through. He was a big part of our penalty killing, a big part of our power play and a big part of our team. He's playing with more confidence and a lot of authority."

Saturday, David Moss tallied the game-winner with 2:11 to go in regulation to give the Wolverines a 4-3 win. Hensick scored twice and Matt Hunwick also scored. Montoya made just 16 saves.

With the win, Berenson picked up the 555th win of his career. He is now tied with John MacInnes (Michigan Tech) for eighth place on the all-time coaching wins list.

"T.J. made a great play from the corner," said Moss of his winner. "The goalie robbed me on the first save, but I just kept whacking at the rebound and it found its way home."

"David Moss can score goals," said Berenson. "Sometimes I think he doesn't see himself that way. For some reason it was his time. I'm glad he came back and was in the lineup. There was a question about whether he should play this weekend. He wanted to play and he made a difference."

The Wolverines play a home-and-home set this weekend with Notre Dame. Friday's game is in Fort Wayne and on CSTV at 8:05 p.m. while Saturday's is back at Yost Ice Arena at 7:35 p.m. on FSN Detroit.

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