A tie is like kissing your brother, right? Maybe not for the #2 Michigan Wolverines this weekend. The long waited showdown with #1 Miami(OH) has finally ended and the Wolverines walk out of Oxford with a win and a tie. Michigan now leads the CCHA and will most likely draw many first place votes in the polls Monday and will probably be ranked #1.
Friday saw an end to a 32 hour camp out for many Redhawks students. Because tickets are so hard to come by in the small 3200 capacity arena, many students were there the day before in line to make sure they got them. Michigan burst out in the first period, scoring only six minutes in. Then again 2 minutes later. The again 40 seconds later. And again 3 more minutes later. Just like that, Michigan jumped out to a 4-0 lead which they rode to victory, winning 4-2. By the end of the game, the Wolverines were down to three defensemen because of all the penalties.
Saturday night saw virtuallythe same thing happen. Michigan jumped out to a 1-0 lead only 70 seconds in. While the Redhawks tied the game and lead 2-1 after one period, Michigan scored within the first minute of the second period to tie. As the game went back and forth, the goalies stood up and made some big saves. Then Chad Kolarik took the puck from out of the corner, skated to the center of the ice and ripped one top shelf on Miami(OH) goaltender Zatkoff. Michigan added another goal to lead 4-3 after two periods. Again, scoring within the first minute of the 3rd period, the Wolverines went up 5-3. Miami(OH) then took two penalties and were down 5 on 3 for two minutes, but Michigan could not convert. Miami(OH) came back to score when a puck bounced off the glass behind UM goalie Billy Sauer, off the top of the net and right out in front to Andy Miele who banged it home. 3 minutes later, the Redhawks added anther goal to tie it 5-5, which is how the game ended in OT.