Michigan played two nonconference home games last weekend to open the season and came away with wins in both.
Friday night, the Wolverines (2-0-0) domianted from the start and took an 8-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville. Five players produced three points on the night, with T.J. Hensick leading the way with a pair of goals and a helper. David Rohlfs notched a career-high three points with his goal and two assists. In 44:59 of play, Billy Sauer stopped 24 of the 25 shots before Steve Jakiel made his collegiate debut and turned aside all eight shots he saw.
"One of T.J.'s goals is to be an every-shift, every-game player this year," Michigan head coach Red Berenson said. "He's working harder for it and you can see the difference. He's dangerous every time he is on the ice and around the net. It's not a surprise he's more consistent and that's what his goal is."
Brian Lebler scored his first of his career along with Steven Kampfer and Chad Kolarik, Jack Johnson and Andrew Cogliano also tallied in the victory. Cogliano, Kevin Porter, Johnson and Kolarik added two assists apiece.
The Wolverines held on for a 7-5 win against Connecticut last night. Kolarik recorded a hat trick, with his third being into an empty net while U-M was killing off a 6-on-3 UConn advantage. Rohlfs, Cogliano, Johnson and Hensick added goals and Sauer stopped 29.
"I think the defenseman actually fell down and it just happened," Kolarik said of his third goal. "I just threw it down (to the other end) because it was a (penalty kill), so I could just dump it down before the red line. So, I took a chance and it went in. It's not the way I really wanted a hat trick."
Michigan begins CCHA play next week with a pair of home games against defending regular-season champion Miami. Game one is on Thursday at 7:35 p.m. Game two is on Friday and will start 30 minutes later than normal at 8:05 p.m. as CSTV is broadcasting the game.