For all of the effort exuded by Michigan forward Jeff Tambellini
during his hat-trick game, the sophomore’s Saturday-night
performance may not have been the most physically taxing act in
Yost Ice Arena. With 13 penalties credited to Quinnipiac, the
Bobcats’ penalty box usher was constantly attending to the sin-bin
gate. The dynamic door-opener’s workload increased drastically from
Friday, when just four penalties were assessed to the Bobcats.

Michigan coach Red Berenson attributes Quinnipiac’s numerous
penalty box stays on Saturday to the Wolverines’ possession
dominance – something Michigan did not enjoy on Friday.

“I think it’s tough to play in your own zone against any team
that is skating,” Berenson said. “We were skating, and they were
having to pull us down. I’m sure their coach wasn’t happy with the
one-sidedness of the penalties, but if you play that much on your
own zone, you’re going to take penalties.”

Although the Wolverines had 10 powerplays Saturday, they rarely
took advantage of their opportunities, scoring just one goal with
an extra man. Michigan created many good scoring chances and
peppered 23 shots on the powerplay, but had trouble finishing.
Michigan converted one of four powerplays on Friday.

The Wolverine penalty kill enjoyed a good weekend, though.
Quinnipiac could muster just one goal and six shots on seven total
(Friday and Saturday) powerplays. Michigan’s biggest shorthanded
test came on Saturday. Just 12 seconds after Tambellini put the
Wolverines on top 3-2, freshman T.J. Hensick was called for hooking
with 7:08 left in the game. The Bobcats created many chances, but
failed to score. In one instance, Quinnipiac forward Chris White
received the puck wide open between the faceoff circles and slung a
wrister to the top-left shelf, but Michigan goalie Al Montoya
deflected the puck with his glove.

Overall, Berenson said he was satisfied with Michigan’s special
teams play.

Injury update: Dwight Helminen slid hard into the boards
feet-first on Friday, injuring his right ankle. Helminen did not
re-enter that game or play in Saturday’s contest.

“Hopefully it is a slight sprain – we’ll find out in a couple of
days,” Berenson said. “He tried skating on it (Saturday) morning,
and it was too weak, so we’ll have to see.”

After suffering a bruised right shoulder against York on Oct. 3,
Jason Ryznar has missed the last five games. He hopes to play next
weekend against Northern Michigan, but remains questionable.

Berenson said the Wolverines missed the presence of these two
junior forwards.

“We’re playing without some pretty good players with Ryznar and
Helminen out,” Berenson said. “We had our hands full in trying to
separate ourselves from this team.”








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