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Freshmen Lead Michigan to Exhibition Win Over Toronto

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team won its first exhibition contest of the 2002-03 season on Friday (Oct. 5) by upending the University of Toronto 8-1 at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan carried the play throughout the contest as it peppered Varsity Blues goalie Jamie Bruno with 54 shots while allowing only 13. Freshman forwards Andrew Ebbett (Vernon, B.C.) and Jeff Tambellini (Port Moody, B.C.) led U-M scorers with three points apiece as Ebbett tallied one goal and two assists and Tambellini added three helpers. Freshman goaltender Al Montoya (Glenview, Ill.) earned the win by playing the first two periods, stopping six shots and allowing one goal.
John Shouneyia photo
Shouneyia
In the first period, the Maize and Blue wasted little time in executing its offense, scoring at 5:33 on a rebound goal by senior forward John Shouneyia (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.). Nine minutes later U-M notched a power-play goal when sophomore defenseman Eric Werner (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) intercepted a Toronto clearing pass and fed freshman defenseman Danny Richmond (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) at the center point. Uncovered, Richmond walked in and snapped a shot past the goalie low at the left post.

Sophomore forward David Moss (Dearborn, Mich.) capped the scoring in the opening frame after two alert passes were made by sophomore forwards Dwight Helminen (Brighton, Mich.) and Michael Woodford (Westford, Mass.). Woodford's pass through two defenders left Moss alone in front, and after a quick deke he was able to move around to the right of the goal and roof the puck past the downed goalie.

To start the second stanza Toronto scored its only goal of the game by way of a power-play opportunity at 1:30. Mark Hynes controlled the puck at the right point when he found a streaking Ian Malcolm, who eluded three Michigan defenders and flicked the puck past Montoya's blocker. Soon after, however, Michigan countered as freshman forward Brandon Kaleniecki (Livonia, Mich.) scored at 3:22. Senior forward Jed Ortmeyer (Omaha, Neb.) orchestrated the play by making a slap-shot pass to Tambellini from the upper left circle to the right of the net. Tambellini then fed an open Kaleniecki in front of the goal.

Later in the period, the Wolverines scored two quick goals just 12 seconds apart at 15:39 and 15:51. Sophomore forward Milan Gajic (Burnaby, B.C.) scored the first goal of the spurt by finishing off a backhanded, blind pass from Tambellini that came from the slot to the left side of the crease. The next goal came courtesy of Ebbett when he corralled a loose puck behind the net while standing at the left post. He then stuffed it between the goalie's pads to make the score 6-1 at the second intermission.

In the final period of play, freshman goalkeeper Noah Ruden (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) made an appearance and stopped all six shots he faced. At the 3:45 mark, Kaleniecki picked up his second goal of the day when he shoveled a rebound past an out-of-position Varsity Blues defense. Sophomore forward Jason Ryznar (Anchorage, Alaska) wrapped up the scoring with the third U-M power-play goal of the night at 15:53. Ortmeyer controlled the puck at the left half boards when he passed the puck down low to Gajic, who then spied Ryznar alone at the far post on the right of the crease. Ryznar wristed the shot past the outstretched Toronto goalie.



GAME SUMMARY
Goals By Period 1 2 3 F
Toronto 0 1 0 1
Michigan 3 3 2 8
1st period
1, MICH, John Shouneyia (Eric Nystrom, Jeff Tambellini) 5:33.
2, MICH, Danny Richmond (Eric Werner) 14:14 (pp).
3, MICH, David Moss (Michael Woodford, Dwight Helminen) 14:49.
PENALTIES - Mike Nason, TORONTO (obstruction tripping) 1:03; Aaron Wilson, TORONTO (hooking) 8:57; George Trifon, TORONTO (slashing) 12:52; Eric Nystrom, MICH (high sticking) 17:07.

2nd period
4, TORONTO, Ian Malcolm (Mark Hynes, Mike Hutchison) 1:30 (pp).
5, MICH, Brandon Kaleniecki (Andrew Ebbett, Jed Ortmeyer) 3:22.
6, MICH, Milan Gajic (Jeff Tambellini, Andy Burnes) 15:39 (pp).
7, MICH, Andrew Ebbett (Jeff Tambellini, Eric Nystrom) 15:51.
PENALTIES - Eric Nystrom, MICH (checking from behind) :53; Eric Nystrom, MICH (roughing) 4:34; Steve Hoar, TORONTO (roughing) 4:34; Eric Werner, MICH (high sticking) 6:42; Frank Pallotta, TORONTO (roughing) 10:34; Eric Nystrom, MICH (slashing) 12:02; Jeff Todd, TORONTO (slashing) 12:02; Aaron Wilson, TORONTO (hooking) 14:20; Scott Johnson, TORONTO (holding) 18:26; Charlie Henderson, MICH (rw) 18:26; Jeff Todd, TORONTO (slashing) 18:26.

3rd period
8, MICH, Brandon Kaleniecki (Andrew Ebbett, Charlie Henderson) 3:45.
9, MICH, Jason Ryznar (Milan Gajic, Jed Ortmeyer) 15:53 (pp).
PENALTIES - Andrew Smale, TORONTO (roughing) 10:34; Mark Hynes, TORONTO (high sticking) 14:21.

Shots on goal: TORONTO 3-4-6 13; MICH 18-20-17 55. Power plays: TORONTO 1 of 3; MICH 3 of 8. Penalties: TORONTO 11 (22 min); MICH 6 (12 min). Goalies: TORONTO, Jamie Bruno 0-0-0 (60:00 minutes, 55 shots-47 saves); MICH, Noah Ruden (20:00, 6-6) , Al Montoya 0-0-0 (40:00, 7-6). Referee: Brian Aaron. Assistant Referees: Kenneth Landis, Jonathan Morrison. Attendance: 6215. Time: 2:10.

Individual Player Statistics
## Toronto              G  A PIM Sh +/-    
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 3*Scott Johnson......  0  0   2  1  -3
 4 Mike Lymer.........  0  0   0  0  -1
 6*Mark Hynes.........  0  1   2  1  -2
 8 Andrew Smale.......  0  0   2  1  -2
 9 Mike Nason.........  0  0   2  0  -1
10*Steve Hoar.........  0  0   2  1  -1
11*Jeff Todd..........  0  0   4  3   0
15 Tyler Middlebrook..  0  0   0  0   0
18 Frank Pallotta.....  0  0   2  1  -3
19 George Trifon......  0  0   2  1   0
20 Robert Ryan........  0  0   0  0  -1
21 Mike Hutchison.....  0  1   0  1  -2
22 Ian Malcolm........  1  0   0  3  -3
24 Wes Booker.........  0  0   0  0  -2
25 Aaron Wilson.......  0  0   4  0  -1
26*Brandon Barbowski..  0  0   0  0  -1
27 Ben Barrett........  0  0   0  0  -1
28 Jesse Rycroft......  0  0   0  0  -1
   Totals.............  1  2  22 13 -25
## Michigan             G  A PIM Sh +/-
---------------------------------------
 2 Nick Martens.......  0  0   0  3  +1
 3 Eric Werner........  0  1   2  1  +1
 4*Andy Burnes........  0  1   0  0  +3
 5 Brandon Rogers.....  0  0   0  2  +1
 7*Danny Richmond.....  1  0   0  5  +2
 9*Milan Gajic........  1  1   0  5   0
10 Dwight Helminen....  0  1   0  1  +1
14 Brandon Kaleniecki.  2  0   0  3  +2
15 Jeff Tambellini....  0  3   0  7  +2
17 Michael Woodford...  0  1   0  3  +1
18 David Moss.........  1  0   0  3  +1
19 Andrew Ebbett......  1  2   0  5  +3
20 Charlie Henderson..  0  1   2  3  +1
21 Eric Nystrom.......  0  2   8  4  +2
22*Jason Ryznar.......  1  0   0  4   0
24 David Wyzgowski....  0  0   0  1  +2
26*Jed Ortmeyer.......  0  2   0  2  +1
28 John Shouneyia.....  1  0   0  3  +1
TM TEAM...............  0  0   0  0   0
   Totals.............  8 15  12 55 +25
    Courtesy of University of Michigan Website http://www.mgoblue.com/icehockey/02-03/release-10-05.html