Each week, the Daily’s esteemed scouting staff reviews the tapes, talks to the coaches and players and discusses the team’s performance. After all of this, we offer up our comments and analysis on Michigan’s weekend action.
Michigan tallied an impressive 12 goals in the series. The four scores in less than three minutes in the second period on Saturday showed just how good the offense can be when it’s clicking. Kaleniecki’s hat trick was impressive, along with Hensick and Tambellini’s two-goal efforts.
The defense allowed 72 shots on net for the weekend. Montoya was put into many situations where he needed to come through with acrobatic saves, and he did. Western Michigan had a number of scary chances and breakaways that might have been prevented.
Special Teams Scout
At Yost, Michigan’s penalty kill dropped the ball when it surrendered three goals. Nothing improved on Saturday when Western put three more through on the power play. The only salvation for the special teams was the game-winner on Saturday.
Montoya faced 72 shots over two days, so it’s hard to blame him for Western Michigan’s nine-goal weekend. He let in a couple of soft goals at the end of the second period but made a few spectacular saves as the game ended to keep the Wolverines in front.