Friday, March 14, 2008

Michigan vs University of Nebraska - Omaha Live Game Blog

Editor's Note:
First of all, Jeremy did a great job keeping up with this barn-burner of a game. He had no idea what he was getting himself into by signing up to do WCBN's first live game blog. Secondly, I would like to apologize for those who were listening on WCBN FM 88.3 in Ann Arbor and missed the first two goals in the third period. Cell phone reception is not very good in the basement of the Student Activities Building so I missed the cue to send things back to the boys at Yost.

We hope you enjoyed the broadcast and the blog. Please leave any comments you have!
Final from Yost: Michigan 10 - UNO 1
Whew, what a game. Michigan takes the first game of this Quarterfinal CCHA match-up with Nebraska-Omaha. Andrew Seid is going to be on later tonight to give you a full recap of this game, so I'll save the statistics for now. You can listen to highlights of seven of Michigan's goals on the WCBN Sports Podcast. The podcast is complete with pictures and blurbs for those seven goals, and I know I'm going to be pumping myself up for tomorrow night's game with some Tony Bolton-Christian Montgomery-Andrew Seid goal highlights. I'm signing off for the night, thanks for joining WCBN for the extensive coverage of the game tonight. Go Blue!
--9:46:00 PM--
Michigan 10 - UNO 1
Well, I was finally beat by the Michigan offense, as I don't have a highlight for this goal, but Michigan is now up 10-1 on UNO. With 3rd-string goaltender Eric Aarnio, a small, mobile goaltender standing at 5-10, 190, in the game, Michigan took advantage. Danny Fardig picked up his 1st goal of the game, with Naurato and Lebler assisting at the 5:53 mark of the 3rd period. Shades of the Michigan-Notre Dame CCHA Tournament game in 2005 anyone? They won that one 10-1, and then won the next night 1-0 in OT... hopefully tomorrow night will be a little easier.
--9:40:00 PM--
Michigan 9 - UNO 1
Wow. Mr. Hobie Baker picks up his first goal of the game on a three-on-one break, with Palushaj picking up the assist, as Michigan goes up 9-1, 11:44 into the 3rd period. Tony Bolton and Christian Montgomery had the call.
--9:39:00 PM--
Michigan 8 - UNO 1
Michigan simply will not let up, as Chad Langlais picked up his first point of the night, assisting on the Mark Mitera goal. Michigan goes up 8-1, as Tony Bolton and Christian Montgomery had the call.
--9:28:00 PM--

Michigan 7 - UNO 1
After Michigan put up 2 goals in the first 1:25 of the 3rd period, UNO ended Billy Sauer's shutout bid on the power play, as Tomas Klempa took the pass from Scero and put it behind Sauer. Tony Bolton and Christian Montgomery had the call.
--9:27:00 PM--
18:35 in the 3rd: Michigan 7 - UNO 0
We were a little delayed coming back on the air, and normally 1:25 of missed hockey wouldn't be too big of a deal, but with this Michigan team, you simply can't relax. Michigan puts up two goals in the first minute and a half of 3rd period hockey, as they have played a relentless style of hockey against UNO tonight.

1st Goal: 0:30, Chad Kolarik from Max Pacioretty
2nd Goal: 1:25, Louie Caporusso from Chris Summers and Aaron Pulashaj

To recap, Kolarik tallied a hat trick in his first game back from the injury, and with Palushaj and Summers picking up assists on the 2nd goal, Michigan now totals 13 players with points in the game!
--9:11:00 PM--
End of the 2nd: Michigan 5 - UNO 0

11 players have points, every forward line has a goal, and Michigan is simply (in the words of Tony Bolton) "clicking on all cylinders." In the 2nd period, Hagelin put the puck past Kaufmann, with Tim Miller and Tristin Llewellyn picking up the assists. Hagelin swept behind the net and, with seemingly no angle, found a way to beat the UNO goaltender, who would promptly be benched in favor of Jeremie Dupont. Dupont wouldn't fare too much better, giving up a goal to Travis Turnbull, who took a beautiful pass from Louie Caporusso and wristed it past Dupont to give Michigan a 5-0 lead. Mitera also picked up an assist on the Turnbull goal, shifting Michigan from defense to offense with a nifty play to give Michigan control of the puck. Things are looking up here at Yost, as Michigan looks to win the first game of this Quarterfinal series against UNO.
--9:03:00 PM--
Michigan 5 - UNO 0

Oh baby, oh baby. Travis Turnbull gets a well-deserved goal, as he takes the feed from Louie Caporusso and puts it past new UNO goaltender Jeremie Dupont. Tony Bolton and Andrew Seid had the call.
--8:58:00 PM--
Michigan 4 - UNO 0
Carl Hagelin went streaking down the near-side wing, and he was not to be denied, as he wrapped around the net and roofed the puck over Kaufmann, giving Michigan a 4-0 lead. Tony Bolton and Andrew Seid had the call.
--8:50:00 PM--
16:16 in the 2nd: Michigan 3 - UNO 0
With Eric Elmblad in the penalty box, Billy Sauer has had to stand on his head. UNO's strong power play finally showed up, as they passed the puck around the perimeter, firing two strong shots at Billy Sauer, who gloved the last to give the Wolverine defense a much-needed whistle. Michigan is holding strong with their three goal lead.
--8:32:00 PM--
End of the 1st: Michigan 3 - UNO 0
Michigan played a phenomenal first period in their CCHA Tournament debut, beating up on a slower, less talented Nebraska-Omaha squad. UNO showed the ill-effects of playing a triple-OT game less than a week ago against Alaska, coming out fatigued and seemingly unable to finish any checks. Michigan took advantage of a loud crowd at Yost, who is loving the return of Chad Kolarik. Kolarik, in his last series at Yost, is making the most of his Senior year appearance in the CCHA Tournament, scoring two goals in the 1st period. Michigan will look to continue their strong play as the 2nd period is underway with Michigan up 3-0, and Nebraska-Omaha still stuck at 2 shots on the game against Billy Sauer.
--8:28:00 PM--
Michigan 3 - UNO 0
Welcome back, Chad Kolarik! The first line picked up a point a piece, as Porter and Pacioretty assisted on Kolarik's 2nd goal of the game. 3-0 Wolverines with 1:55 remaining in the 1st. Tony Bolton and Christian Montgomery had the call.
--8:10:00 PM--
Michigan 2 - UNO 0
10:29 into the game, Michigan has opened up a 2-0 lead on UNO. Chad Kolarik, in his first game back from the groin injury, took the puck away from Juha Uotila and wristed it past Kaufmann for the unassisted tally. Tony Bolton and Christian Montgomery had the call.
--8:00:00 PM--
Michigan 1 - UNO 0
GOAL! Brandon Naurato puts Michigan up 1-0 on UNO, 4:43 into the 1st period. Kampfer and Mitera picked up assists for the Wolverines, who got off to a quick start here at Yost against the Mavericks. Tony Bolton and Christian Montgomery had the call. You can also listen to the highlight on the WCBN Sports Podcast.
--7:40:00 PM--

Michigan-UNO Lines Posted
Our very own Andrew Seid did a remarkable job at predicting the make-shift lines that Red Berenson has put together for tonight's game:

Michigan Wolverines

1st Line: Max Pacioretty, Kevin Porter, Chad Kolarik
2nd Line: Tim Miller, Carl Hagelin, Aaron Palushaj
3rd Line: Ben Winnett, Louie Caporusso, Travis Turnbull
4th Line: Brian Lebler, Danny Fardig, Brandon Naurato

Defensive Pairs

1st Pair: Mark Mitera, Chad Langlais
2nd Pair: Steve Kampfer, Tristin Llewellyn
3rd Pair: Chris Summers, Eric Elmblad

And, of course, Billy Sauer will be in net for the Wolverines.

1. Andrew Seid was 100% correct in his prediction of the forward lines -- his only mistake came on the defensive pairs, where he assumed Coach Berenson would complement the more aggressive style of play that Chris Summers brings to the table with Tristin Llewellyn, who has played in 28 games this season. However, Berenson elected to pair Summers with Eric Elmblad, filling in for the injured Scooter Vaughan and playing in his first collegiate game.

2. Chad Kolarik is in the lineup, playing in his last series at Yost. Kolarik is back on the first line with Kevin Porter, playing for the first time since his groin injury here at Yost against Lake Superior St.

3. Matt Rust, who banged knees with the aforementioned Eric Elmblad, is not in the lineup -- as Andrew Seid correctly predicted, Carl Hagelin slid into the center position on Michigan's exciting, young 2nd line, with Junior Tim Miller taking Hagelin's spot on the left wing.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks

1st Line: Brandon Scero, Joey Martin, Mick Lawrence
2nd Line: Dan Charleston, J.P. Platisha, Tomas Klempa
3rd Line: Nick Fanto, Jeric Agosta, Matt Ambroz
4th Line: JJ Koehler, Bill Bagron, Dan Swanson

Defensive Pairs
1st Pair: Eddie Del Grosso, Mark Bernier
2nd Pair: Juha Uotila, Eric Olimb
3rd Pair: Nick Von Bokern, Mike Phillippi

It looks like Jerad Kaufmann will be the goaltender for the Mavericks tonight.

Bryan Marshall, #1 in the nation in assists per game, is not in the lineup tonight. He hasn't played in a game since UNO's 5-2 win over Ohio St. on February 9th at the Qwest Center in Omaha. Joey Martin continues to take Marshall's spot on the top line.
--6:53:00 PM--

Michigan-UNO Live Game B-Logging
We're at Yost Ice Arena setting up for tonight's broadcast, which can be heard live on WCBN 88.3-FM Ann Arbor on your radio or live on the web during the "Game of the Week" show from 7-10 PM (the game starts at 7:35, so enjoy sports talk prior to the game and during intermissions). I'll be providing a live blog of the game, and hopefully linking you to some highlights of goals right after they happen from our new WCBN Sports Podcast.

Tune in with WCBN all night on the air and on the web for extensive coverage of Michigan's CCHA Quarterfinal Game One match-up with the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
--6:41:00 PM--


Anonymous said...

This is an awesome blog. Thanks for doing this. I have some UM Hockey pictures/videos I'd love to share if WCBN and the blog would like them. Royalty free of course. How does someone go about contacting you for this?

Then again maybe you don't want them?
Either way - keep up the great work and GO BLUE!!

Stu said...

send me an email at and we'll set something up!

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