Michigan cruises into Cup title game

After playing six games in nine days, the Michigan Warriors should be running on fumes.


Instead, the Warriors seem to be picking up steam as the Robertson Cup goes along.

Michigan charged into the Robertson Cup championship game with a dominating 6-2 win against the Amarillo Bulls in Friday night’s semifinal game at Landon Arena.

The Warriors, who will take on the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in Saturday’s 7:35 p.m. championship game, converted on their first three power-play goals to put the Bulls in an early hole.

Scott Henegar led the way for Michigan, scoring a goal in each period to register the hat trick.

Henegar, the beneficiary of a Andrew Kolb pass from behind the net, fired in a power-play goal at 4:36 of the first to get Warriors started. Ryan Trenz then netted another goal on the man advantage at 12:46 of the first to give Michigan even more confidence.

“We talked about scoring the first goal, we didn’t care how,” Michigan coach Moe Mantha said. “As soon as you score the first goal, it gives your team confidence. Then we got the second goal, and especially with us playing four games in four nights, it just seemed to give us more energy.

“Those were big goals for us.”

Mantha said a solid game from NAHL MVP goalie Robert Tadazak helped his team’s offense flourish.

“When you have a goalie like that back there, you can do some things,” he said. “When you’ve got a goalie that gives you confidence -- because you know he’s going to make the save at the right time -- that speaks volumes.”

The Bulls made it 2-1 on Mitch Rogge’s goal late in the first period. But Michigan then reeled off four straight goals to cement the victory.

The Warriors finished 4-for-5 on the power play, while Amarillo was 0-for-3.

“Four for five on the power play is going to win you a lot of hockey games,” Bulls coach Dennis Williams said. “(The Warriors) got up 2-0 and they played with a lot of poise and confidence out there. We had it 2-1, and then a couple more power-play goals was the back-breaker.

“Kind of an uncharacteristic special teams day for us.”

Williams said of he was extremely pleased with the season the Bulls put together in their first year in Amarillo.

“I coached hockey 10 years at the collegiate level, and I’ve never been more proud a group of young men,” he said. “We came through the South and our goal was to get to the semis and then to the finals.

“When push came to shove, there were four teams (in the tournament) and we were part of the last three teams. We just came up a little short tonight.”


Michigan 2 2 2 -- 6

Amarillo 1 0 1 -- 2

First period -- 1. Michigan, Henegar (Kolb), 4:36; 2. Michigan, Trenz (Henegar, Hoomaian), 12:46; 3. Amarillo, Rogge (Sarcona, Kozlak), 18:07.

Second period -- 4. Michigan, Henegar (Trenz, Gibson), 5:15; 5. Michigan Chapman (White, Gruse), 16:44.

Third period -- 6. Michigan, Henegar (Kolb), 1:01; 7. Michigan, White (Chapman), 9:43; 8. Amarillo, Sarcona (Johnson, Smoot), 16:44.

Shots on goal -- Michigan 14-9-9 — 32, Amarillo 7-14-10 -- 31.

Goalies -- Michigan, Tadazak. Amarillo, Szczerba.

Attendance -- 342.

Stars of the game -- First star: Henegar. Second star: Tadazak. Third star: Chapman.



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