The Michigan Wolverines handed Red Berenson his 600th win as U-M's head coach with a 5-2 triumph over Northern Michigan Friday at Yost Ice Arena. The victory gives Berenson -- in his 23rd season at the helm of the program -- a career record of 600-286-63.
Brandon Naurato's goal 4:50 into the contest gave the Wolverines the early lead, Anthony Ciraulo notched his first career tally and Kevin Porter, Tim Miller and Andrew Cogliano also scored.
"T.J. Hensick and Matt Hunwick gave me this puck as a memento of 600," said Berenson. "I told them that my favorite win was 300 if you put numbers on things. I had no idea it was number 300, but the win in Cincinnati when we played Colorado College was my favorite. I don't know if they have pucks like this in St. Louis, but it would be nice to have one. Anyway, that's over and it was a good game for our team. We saw Northern as a dangerous team, and they are a physical team. We had some valid scoring tonight, which was good. We had a shorthanded goal, a power-play goal, and we had a good effort in net. When we broke down, Billy Sauer was sharp."
Sauer made 33 saves and Bill Zaniboni 26 for the Wildcats, who got goals from Mike Santorelli and Nick Sirota.
Saturday, Zaniboni lost his shutout with seven seconds left on a goal by Cogliano as NMU took a 2-1 victory on a pair of goals by Santorelli, his 19th and 20th this year.
Sauer finished with 28 stops for U-M (15-9-0, 10-6-0 CCHA).
"Tonight should have been our strongest game," said Hunwick. "Some of our players took Wednesday off and got their legs back on Thursday. And last night we were definitely going and we should have had a lot more momentum. It is just preparation and knowing what to expect out there. I think some of our guys tonight thought that this would just be the same Northern team that we played last night and you know that is not going to happen."
Michigan ventures to Alaska this weekend, while Northern Michigan (9-14-2, 6-11-1 CCHA) hosts Bowling Green.