Tom Balog / At the CCHA Championship
Michigan (29-10-0, 20-8-0 CCHA) out shoots Alaska (17-15-6, 13-10-3 CCHA) 32-26.
Michigan finishes the night 2-5 on the power-play and Alaska ended up 1-5 with the man advantage.
Alaska was penalized 6 times for 31 minutes. Michigan 5-10.
Louie Caporusso led Michigan with a goal and two assists. Aaron Pulushaj had a goal and assist. Chad Langlais added a goal, Steve Kampfer one assist, and Tim Miller had two assists.
Braden Walls scored the lone goal for UAH with Joe Sova and Kevin Petovello picked up the assists.
Bryan Hogan stopped 25 shots for U of M and Chad Johnson had 29 saves for UAF.
0:00: Michigan wins 3-1 and heads to the title game for the eighth time in the last nine years. They will attempt to defend their title against top seed Notre Dame tomorrow at 7:35. Northern Michigan and Alaska will face off in the third-place game at 3:35.
:36: Travis Turnbull heads to the box for two minutes for cross checking.
2:04: Johnson was pulled for the extra attacker and Michigan converted with the PP marker into the empty net. Pulushaj picks up his 13th of the year with the assists to Caporusso and Miller. Michigan 3, Alaska 1
UAF's Branden Walls also picked up a 10-minute misconduct after the goal.
2:22: Alaska probably just killed any last chance they may have had. Joe Sova heads to the box for Alaska for checking from behind.
2:58: Another fun filled TV timeout. Michigan up 2-1 and leading in shots 29-22.
Stat geek moment, Part II. Michigan is 11-2-0 while wearing white jerseys this year. Really.
6:20: Michigan back to full strength.
8:20: UAF gets another chance with the extra attacker. Travis Turnbull will head to the box for the second time. This time it's two minutes for contact to the head roughing. Alaska 1-3 on the PP tonight.
8:31: Stat geek moment. Michigan is 24-1-0 leading after two periods this year.
11:23: After a long TV timeout, we are back underway. SOG, Mich 23-19.
Historic game for the Maize and Blue as Travis Turnbull and Tim Miller tie the Michigan record, both playing in their 164th game.
14:30: Thanks for the IM goes out to Dave the English Major who's following us from Livonia! I'll pass on the good word to Karl, our writer, who covered your beloved Notre Dame win over Northern. Karl and the rest of the MiCHO staff will be back here at the JLA tomorrow for the third place game and the Championship.
17:28: Michigan starts the third with a 2-1 lead. Another entertaining intermission with music supplied by the UM Band.
0:00: End of two periods of play and Michigan clings to a close 2-1 lead. Michigan also leads the shots on goal 22-17.
1:06: Four on four hockey for the next 18-seconds. Nanooks #8 Scott Enders goes to the penalty box, two minutes contact to the head elbowing.
2:44: Alaska back on the power play. Tristin Llewellyn heads to the sin bin for a two minute roughing penalty.
4:11: Just over two minutes later and Michigan is back on top. Steve Kampfer set up Louie Caporusso with a pass from behind the goal line. Caporusso one-timed it in from about 4 feet out for his 24th of the season. Palushaj with the other assist. Michigan 2, Alaska 1
6:25: The Nanooks have tied it up with a pp marker from Braden Walls. Blueliner Joe Sova wristed a shot on net and Walls tipped it in front of Hogan for his 10th of the season. Kevin Petovello picked up the second helper. Michigan 1, Alaska 1
7:26: Nanooks get their second power-play as Brian Lebler as goes to the box for slashing. Shots on goal still favor Michigan, 18-13.
15:12: Alaska with their best chance as Dustin Sather tested Hogan's glove hand. The puck fluttered off the glove, but the Nanooks couldn't scoop up the rebound in time.
18:00: Michigan returns to full strength. SOG, Michigan 10-7.
19:59: Play back underway in the second. Four on four hockey for 39 seconds and then Alaska gets their first PP of the game.
0:00: End of the first period with Michigan leading 1-0 on the lone goal by Langlais.
Shots on goal favor Michigan 9-6.
Michigan gets a penalty at the horn. Travis Turnbull will sit for two minutes for goaltender interference.
2:43: Michigan gets on the board first with a nice backdoor pass from Tim Miller to Chad Langlais. Langlais snuck behind the Nanooks defense and was all alone on the edge of the blue ice and buried it on the PP for his 6th of the season. Louie Caporusso gets the second assist. 1-0 Michigan.
4:24: Michigan will get it's second PP chance after a scary check from behind by Brian Molle. Molle drilled Aaron Palushaj head first into the boards in the corner to the left of Johnson. Molle gets a 5-minute checking from behind and a game misconduct. Adam Cardwell will serve the long penalty.
Palushaj skated to the bench under his own power and is back on the power play unit for the Maize and Blue.
8:21: Close game with just one penalty called and three shot a piece.
10:54: Nanooks kill off the first penalty and return to full strength.
12:54: Michigan with their first PP chance as UAF goaltender Chad Johnson picked up 2 minutes for tripping. Penalty will be served by Justin Filzen.
14:20: Michigan just missed on a golden 2-1 opportunity. Hagelin set up a flying Kampfer in the crease and Kampfer slid it just past the far post. With the Wolverines celebrating, play was halted for a review, and the goal was waived off.
15:38: Still no score in an up and down 1st period. Hogan with the first big save. Alaska leads in the SOG department, 2-1.
18:18: First stoppage in play for a Michigan offside call. Michigan leading with just 1 shot on goal.
19:59: Game underway.
DETROIT -- We're minutes away from the second semifinal here at the Joe. Michigan is making it's 20th consecutive appearance in the CCHA semis. The Wolverines lead the all-time series against the Nanooks 36-7-0. The two teams split this season in Alaska with the Nanooks taking game one, 4-1, and the Wolverines winning game two, 3-2.
Starters for Alaska- LW-Sather, C- D. Knelsen, RW- B. Knelsen, D-Sova, D-Vanoosten, G-Johnson.
Michigan- LW-Hagelin, C-Rust, RW-Palushaj, D-Mitera, D-Summers, G- Hogan.