Jan. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No.11-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team completed the weekend sweep of the eighth-ranked Miami University RedHawks with a 4-0 shutout win on Sunday (Jan. 11) at Yost Ice Arena. Bryan Hogan (Highland, Mich.) made 18 saves in his third career shutout, and the U-M penalty kill thwarted six Miami power-play opportunities en route to the triumph. Rookie Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich.) registered his first career goal -- the gamewinner -- and added an assist.

In the weekend victories, Michigan outscored the RedHawks by a 9-1 margin. U-M extended its season-best winning streak to six games, which began in its 6-1 defeat of Michigan State on Dec. 5. In the span, the Wolverines have outscored their opponents 30-5.

For the second day in a row, Michigan took an early lead on Miami thanks to Glendening's goal at 4:13 in the opening frame. Following a fruitless power-play opportunity, David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) skated down the left side and made a pass off the right side boards to Scooter Vaughan (Placentia, Calif.), who dished it back to Wohlberg positioned across the goal line. Wohlberg slid the puck up to Glendening, who was skating hard down the slot, for the 1-0 advantage.

Glendening's goal was the only tally of the first period. A Michigan player was whistled for interference towards the end of stanza, leaving U-M a man down for 1:12 to start the second frame.

The Maize and Blue penalty killing squad did not let up, quelling that Miami power play as well as the two others that came during the middle period.

With 7:58 remaining in the second stanza, Miami's Cameron Schilling was called for checking from behind, giving the Wolverines the five-minute man-advantage.

At 15:26, about three and half minutes into the power play, Michigan doubled its lead 2-0 with a score from Matt Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), his first in goal in 15 games. Chris Summers (Milan, Mich.) took a shot from the point that bounced off a Miami defender towards the right post. MU netminder Connor Knapp could not clear the puck quickly enough, allowing Rust time to swoop in and force it across the goal line. Steve Kampfer (Jackson, Mich.) was credited with the other assist on the play.

Despite the surplus of power-play chances on both sides, the score remained 2-0 going into the second intermission. The teams were shooting comparably with Miami edging U-M by a slight 16-15 margin.

The Wolverines increased their advantage to 3-0 at 4:30 in the final period. After receiving the puck from Louie Caporusso (Woodbridge, Ont.) in the neutral zone, Wohlberg skated quickly across the blue line and down the slot where he wristed an on-the-go shot that flew over Knapp's glove and into the top of the net. Tristin Llewellyn (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was awarded the second helper.

Kampfer lit the lamp once more, scoring his first goal of the season with 37 seconds remaining in the contest on the power play to solidify the Michigan victory. With assists from Tim Miller (Davisburg, Mich.) and Glendening, Kampfer took an initial shot from in between the circles that was blocked by Knapp. Kampfer gained control of the deflection and found the back of the net on his second attempt.

Next Friday (Jan. 16), Michigan will return to Yost to face the Bowling Green Falcons in CCHA play. The game is slated to start at 7:35 p.m. On Saturday (Jan. 17), Michigan will travel to BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio, to complete the home-and-home series. Saturday's contest will start at 5:05 p.m. and will be televised by Comcast.