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Icers knock out Nanooks in round one, then lose rematch

Daily Sports Writer
Published January 9, 2006

That was more than enough for the Wolverines. With Sauer playing well in net and the team turning in a solid defensive performance, the Nanooks didn't have much of a chance to come back.

"Our team played a lot of defense," Sauer said. "I really didn't have to make too many big saves."

But Michigan kept attacking. Midway through the second period, Miller sent a pass to Rholfs right in front of the net. Rogers made a great save on Rholfs's shot, but the rebound was loose in the crease. Kolarik took advantage of the opportunity, knocking the puck home for a 3-0 Michigan lead.

In the third, the Wolverines capitalized on an Alaska-Fairbanks turnover to cap off its scoring for the night. Porter found alternate-captain Matt Hunwick wide open in front of the net. Hunwick made a nice fake and beat Rogers to make the score 4-0 in favor of Michigan.

The Wolverines have an exhibition game this weekend against the U.S. NTDP under-18 team. The game will give them extra time to clean up their mistakes from this past weekend before they face in-state rival Michigan State on Jan. 17.