March 11, 2005
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Milan Gajic, Chad Kolarik and Brandon Rogers each scored two goals to lead Michigan to a 10-1 win over Notre Dame in game one of the best-of-three first round of the CCHA playoffs at Yost Arena Friday night.
The Wolverines exploded for seven goals in the second period, four via the power play, to wipe out a 1-0 Notre Dame lead.
The loss extends the Irish winless streak to 18 (0-16-2) as Notre Dame falls to 5-26-6 on the year. Michigan is now 27-7-3 for the season.
McLean carried the puck into the Michigan zone and fired a shot wide of goaltender Al Montoya. The rebound came off the end boards to the right of Montoya. McLean beat the Wolverine defense to the puck and got a shot on the Michigan goaltender. Rankin followed and stuffed the rebound through Montoya's pads for his fifth goal of the year.
The lead was the first for the Irish in five games this season versus Michigan.
Notre Dame's 1-0 lead obviously irked the Wolverines as they came out flying in the second period, steamrolling the Irish to the tune of seven goals. Michigan out shot the Irish, 20-5 in the middle stanza.
Kolarik led the way with two power-play goals while Gajic, Michael Woodford, Eric Nystrom, Jeff Tambellini and Rogers had single tallies.
The Wolverines scored twice in the first 2:28 of the second period. Nystrom tied the game at 1-1 just 1:48 into the second when he redirected a Mike Brown centering pass behind Morgan Cey for his 12th of the season.
Jeff Tambellini put Michigan ahead to stay at 2:28 when he drilled a wrist shot past Cey from the top of the circles for his 19th of the season.
From there, Michigan pretty much had its way.
Goals by Woodford (6:51) and Gajic (7:41) chased Cey in favor of sophomore goaltender David Brown who surrendered goals to Rogers and the two to Kolarik before the period came to an end.
Brown would give up third period goals to Rogers and Kevin Porter (6:49) before giving way to junior Rory Walsh who gave up one goal (Gajic's second of the night) with 51 seconds remaining in the game.
On the night, Michigan out shot Notre Dame by a 42-15 margin. Cey finished with 15 saves, Brown had 13 and Walsh had four in the game.
Al Montoya played the first two periods for Michigan, making 10 saves. Noah Ruden (three saves) and Mike Mayhew (one save) closed out the third period of play.
Game two of the best-of-three series will be played on Saturday night at Yost Arena. Game time is 7:35 p.m.