DAYTON, Ohio — After an unenthusiastic performance in
Friday’s 4-2 loss to Northeastern to open the Lefty McFadden
Tournament, No. 1 Michigan met up with No. 17 Boston University
— a team that was coming off a disappointing loss to Miami
(Ohio) — to decide who would go home at the bottom of the
four-team tournament.

“I knew both teams would be really upset about their
performance (Friday),” Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
“We knew we had to get off to a good start, or they would. It
was going to go one way or the other and it went our
way.”

The Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first three
minutes, and had eight shots before the Terriers could muster their
first en route to a 7-2 Michigan win.

“Today (there was) a lot more intensity,” sophomore
defenseman Matt Hunwick said. “You could sense that we had to
come out with a lot of intensity. We knew it and I think we did in
the first period.”

Freshman Chad Kolarik got Michigan on the board when he came
charging down the left wing all alone and deposited a David Moss
rebound for his first career goal. Hunwick scored just a minute
later. Senior alternate captain Brandon Rogers added another to
make it 4-0. Those three goals were carbon copies of each other,
with a winger feeding the puck to a teammate coming down the
off-wing. It wasn’t Michigan’s ability to be in the
right spot away from the puck that led to the first three goals,
but rather capitalizing on the Terriers’ consistent puck
chasing.

“Here we had a freshman goalie playing in his first game,
and our six defensemen hung him out to dry,” Terrier head
coach Jack Parker said. “I was flabbergasted as to how poorly
our defensemen played tonight.”

Michigan ended Terrier goalie Karson Gillespie’s NCAA
debut at the midway point of the second period when senior Milan
Gajic slid his second goal of the night between the
freshman’s legs. Boston University’s third-string
goalie, sophomore John Curry, came in and may have given his team a
wakeup call.

Senior netminder Al Montoya was solid both nights, but looked
much more comfortable in Saturday’s contest. He also
benefited from a substantially better defensive performance that
kept the odd-man rushes to a minimum, something it didn’t do
Friday.

“We were getting back to pucks faster and making
plays,” Hunwick said. “We tried to hit that first guy
quick and get the puck out of our zone. Not mess around with
it.”

Freshman Peter MacArthur was the only Terrier able to beat
Montoya, putting two pucks past the Wolverine goaltender in the
third period. His second goal — a slapshot from the right
point that beat Montoya over his glove shoulder — came from
the same exact spot that Northeastern’s Danny Grover used to
put Michigan away on Friday.

Nothing seemed to be clicking for the Wolverines against the
Huskies. The defense found itself trapped pinching on offense,
yielding a lot of chances for Northeastern.

About the only good thing that can be salvaged from
Friday’s loss is that the No. 1 target — and the
overconfidence — is now gone. Junior Jeff Tambellini said the
team was too confident coming into the opener and it showed in its
performance. “Everyone tells you how good you are when you
haven’t even played a game yet, but this was a real
game,” Berenson said. “We can forget about the No. 1
ranking. That’ll be gone and that’s fine. We
don’t deserve it anyway.”

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