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Wolverines complete sweep

Sophomore goalie Matt Violin

Nov. 16, 2002

ANN ARBOR - Michigan shut out the Lake Superior State hockey team 3-0 Saturday to sweep the weekend series at Yost Arena and extend its home winning streak to 10 games. The Wolverines also protected their 15-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season unbeaten streak.

LSSU fell to 3-9-0 overall and 0-8-0 in the CCHA. The Lakers, who are averaging one goal per game against league teams, are more than thankful to have completed the gruelling pre-Thanksgiving portion of their CCHA schedule. They have a reprieve from league play and host the United States National Developmental Program Under-18 Team on Saturday, Nov. 23. They travel to Western Michigan for a CCHA series on Nov. 29-30.

"We are a young team trying to get better," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said. "Michigan's skill level is five times better than ours at this time. It stinks to lose every night. We're not a better team than Michigan right now. We gave Michigan a good weekend."

Michigan was 1-for-6 with the man advantage and killed off all seven LSSU power plays. The Lakers finished 0-for-11 on the power play for the second straight week. Milan Gajic scored the Wolverines' first goal at 13:52 of the first period, moments after a U-M power play ended. Andrew Ebbett added a power-play goal at 16:01 of the second period for a 2-0 Michigan lead.

Eric Werner rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal at 18:07. Anzalone pulled goalie Matt Violin during most of a five-minute power-play that ended approximately 30 seconds before Werner scored.

Violin (1-7-0) started in goal for the second straight night and totaled 24 saves. Michigan goalie Al Montoya (8-1-1) totaled 21 saves.

"I like Matt's ability to catch the puck and slow the play," Anzalone said. "I wanted him to play two nights in a row."

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