Michigan is moving on to the next round of the CCHA playoffs after sweeping Lake Superior State. The Wolverines took a 1-0 series lead into Saturday night after winning convincingly on Friday and finished off the Lakers with a one-sided 6-0 victory. Michigan scored 3 goals in each of the first two periods on its way to winning 6-0 in a game that was about as close to perfect as it gets.
Louie Caporusso got the scoring started for Michigan with a wrap-around goal 6:37 into the first period. Jeff Rohrkemper scored his first career goal about seven minutes later to put Michigan on top 2-0, and then only a minute and a half or so later Caporusso scored his second of the night.
The second period got started with Caporusso’s third goal of the game. There was a delayed penalty for goaltender interference, and Michigan quickly went down the ice and Caporusso put it past the Lake Superior State goalie for the hat trick only 46 seconds into the period. Carl Hagelin added two goals of his own in the second half of the period to put Michigan on top 6-0. LSSU changed goalies in the third period and there was no more scoring.
Shawn Hunwick stopped all 28 shots he faced to record his first career full-game shutout. When he replaced an injured Bryan Hogan against Notre Dame he didn’t give up any goals, but he and Hogan shared the shutout. This time around it was just him, and it was well deserved. Hunwick played very aggressive and made some nice saves as a result, including one in the first five minutes of the game where he robbed a Lake Superior State player of a goal on a centering pass. Hunwick came out of the crease and cut off the one-timer with his leg, giving Michigan a momentum boost that ended up leading to the game’s first goal shortly after.
All of the higher seeds swept the lower seeds in the first round of the CCHA playoffs. Each round is re-seeded, meaning Michigan will play at Michigan State in the quarterfinals. MSU needs to win this series to solidify its NCAA tournament hopes, and Michigan needs to win to simply keep its season going. The winner of the series will advance to Joe Louis Arena and be two victories away from an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. Since an automatic berth is the only way Michigan will keep its postseason streak alive, it must first win the best 2 out of 3 series in East Lansing and then win a couple games at Joe Louis Arena.
Here is a look at all of the matchups from the quarterfinals:
#1 Miami (Ohio) vs. #8 Ohio State
#2 Michigan State vs. #7 Michigan
#3 Ferris State vs. #6 Nebraska-Omaha
#4 Northern Michigan vs. #5 Alaska
All of Michigan’s games are set to start at 7:05 p.m., and the first two will be broadcast on Comcast 900. Sunday’s game won’t be on TV since it will only be played if necessary.