By Matt Mackinder/Michigan Beat Writer
The Alaska Nanooks played rude hosts to Michigan this weekend and came away with a surprising split of the No. 7 Wolverines.
In the first game, David Wohlberg gave Michigan an early 1-0 lead, but Alaska scored four unanswered goals for a 4-1 win.
"We obviously had our chances," Michigan defenseman Chris Summers said. "We're going to look at the video and take the positive out of it. I don't think it was a 4-1 game by any means."
Billy Sauer finished with 19 saves in a losing effort. Defenseman Brandon Burlon made his season debut and earned his first collegiate point with an assist on Wohlberg's goal.
Michigan rebounded last night and held on for a 3-2 win behind Bryan Hogan's 23-save performance in net.
"We had to win the last five minutes and we did a pretty good job," said UM head coach Red Berenson. "Hogan made the saves he had to make and our guys worked hard. They battled."
Wohlberg, Louie Caporusso and Brian Lebler scored for the Wolverines (7-3-0, 4-2-0-0 CCHA), who are now 36-7-0 all-time against Alaska, including a 16-4-0 line in Fairbanks.
Michigan has a home-and-home set with Western Michigan this weekend starting Friday night at home.