Thursday Quick Hits: Michigan Softball Opens Super Regional Tonight

By · Thursday, May 27, 2010 · 2:51 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan opens its Super Regional series against Tennessee tonight at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor.  Tonight’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN.  Tomorrow’s first game begins at 4:30 p.m., and if a third game is necessary it will start at 7 p.m.  Friday’s first game will be shown on ESPNU, whereas the third game will be on ESPN2.
  • Desmond Howard has been elected to the College Football of Hall of Fame.
  • Michigan’s hockey captains next season will be Carl Hagelin and Luke Glendening.  The alternate captains will be Matt Rust and Louie Caporusso.

Thursday Quick Hits: Tate Forcier Has a Sprained Ankle

By · Thursday, April 15, 2010 · 3:02 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 

To the Tournament We Go: Michigan Beats NMU 2-1 for CCHA Title

By · Sunday, March 21, 2010 · 8:31 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 

(From CCHA.com)

Midway through the first period back on February 25, Bryan Hogan went down with an injury and was forced to leave the game.  Replacing him was Shawn Hunwick, a walk-on goalie known only to the most avid fans because he had seen such little playing time in his career at Michigan.  In fact, the only substantial playing time he had was back at Joe Louis Arena during this season’s Great Lakes Invitational.  Hogan was struggling big time and was pulled after the second period.  Michigan made a comeback attempt, but Hunwick surrendered the game-winning goal on one of the few shots he faced in 20 minutes on the ice.  The next night Hogan was back in net just like usual.  He was viewed as this team’s only starting-caliber goalie, playing so much during the season that he led the nation in minutes on the ice.

So on senior night in came Shawn Hunwick, who left me with very little confidence that Michigan would defeat Notre Dame.  Hell, every time Notre Dame entered the zone and had a look at a shot I was nervous.  After all, Hunwick was inexperienced and nothing more than depth on the roster.  There was a reason Hogan had started every game during the season, but Hunwick, with no time to warm up or anything, immediately started to prove me wrong.  He made some great saves and the entire team started to play better and better as time went on.  By the end of the night Michigan was up 4-0 and that nervous feeling went away.  Hunwick didn’t allow a single goal en route to a perfect senior night, recording a combined shutout with Bryan Hogan.

At the time this seemed like nothing more than a fluke and a great story for one night in a season that was riddled with bad ones.  That seemed even more like the case after Hunwick had a rough second period at Notre Dame a couple nights later, leading to a 5-3 loss to the Fighting Irish.  The good feelings quickly went away, as the realization set in that Michigan was without its starting goalie and was only a single game over .500.  To make matters worse, Michigan missed out on a first-round bye in the CCHA playoffs and was the seventh seed.  To say that there was little hope in Michigan’s NCAA tournament streak staying alive would be an understatement.  The only way for the Wolverines to make the tournament was to emerge as the CCHA playoffs champion, which seemed like it would take a miracle.

Even after Michigan convincingly beat Lake Superior State at home during the first round of the playoffs, outscoring the Lakers by a combined total of 11-2 in the two games, the chances of making it to Joe Louis Arena looked slim, let alone winning the whole thing.  That is because Michigan had to go to Munn Arena, a place where it hadn’t won two consecutive games since the 70s.  Like Michigan, Michigan State was playing for its season, so the odds were clearly stacked against the Wolverines, especially with captain Chris Summers now out with an injury and Bryan Hogan still not healthy enough to even return as a backup.

Just as it would all month long, however, Michigan shocked everybody and not only swept the Spartans, but dominated them outside of a few minutes at the end of the first period in the second game.  The Wolverines outscored MSU 10-4 in the two games and clinched their ticket to Joe Louis Arena in what was suddenly being called “Yost West” thanks to an invasion of Michigan fans.

Next for up Michigan: Miami, one of the top teams in the nation, and a team that came to Yost earlier in the season and swept Michigan in dominating fashion.  Once again, hopes of just getting to the championship game seemed slim, although it looked like Michigan was peaking at the perfect time in front of a goaltender who was playing with loads of confidence.

Michigan continued to play exceptional hockey against the RedHawks and took a surprising 2-1 lead into the third period on Friday.  In the final period, Michigan exploded for 3 goals, ran a goalie who is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, and took down Miami by a score of 5-2 to advance to the championship game.  Suddenly a bid to the NCAA tournament wasn’t a long shot; it was only one win away.

In the CCHA championship on Saturday night, Michigan went up against Northern Michigan, which split a series with the Wolverines at Yost Arena last month.  NMU was the team that secured the fourth and final bye in the CCHA playoffs and a team fresh off of an overtime victory on Friday against Ferris State.  The Wildcats definitely appeared beatable, but the question for Michigan was if it could keep this amazing run going for at least 60 more minutes to extend the season and extend the NCAA tournament streak to 20 consecutive years.

During the first period, there was no scoring but plenty of action.  Michigan came out red hot and put lots of pressure on NMU.  The Wolverines were unable to score any goals, however, which looked like it could wind up being the story of the game since there were so many close calls.  NMU countered with some sustained pressure of its own for a good part of the period and had a few close calls as well.  The biggest moment in the first period, though, was when Luke Glendening checked a Northern Michigan player from behind with 2:30 to go and was given a game misconduct.  Not only was Michigan now missing a great player in Glendening, but it had to kill off a five-minute major as well, or so it originally appeared.

About a minute into the penalty kill, Northern Michigan took a slashing penalty.  21 seconds later the Wildcats had a player sent to the penalty box for interference, giving Michigan a power play that carried over into the second period.  Michigan was unable to score during the power play, but a good part of that five-minute major was useless for Northern Michigan.  The Wildcats did go on the power play again, though, and even ended up with a brief two-man advantage after David Wohlberg was called for a holding penalty.  Michigan luckily killed off the 5 on 3 and then killed off Wohlberg’s penalty as well, allowing play to return to 5 on 5 for the first time in what seemed like an eternity.

Michigan killed off another penalty five minutes later, and then frustration continued with the refereeing after a Northern Michigan player boarded a Wolverine and only got two minutes.  Considering Glendening received a game misconduct in the first period for a similar play, the thinking was that the NMU player would get the same penalty.  He didn’t, however, and Michigan failed to score during the power play, leaving things all evened up for when the Wolverines went back on the power play at the end of the second period.

With the clock winding down on the period, Michigan didn’t appear to have a whole lot going for it on the power play.  Northern Michigan was doing an excellent job of blocking shots and preventing Michigan from having any open lanes.  On top of that, Matt Rust lost his stick behind the net and had to go to the bench, briefly leaving Michigan with only four players in the zone.  Suddenly, though, out of nowhere came Louie Caporusso, who jumped onto the ice to replace Rust.  Caporusso immediately got the puck and fired it past NMU’s Brian Stewart for the game’s first goal.  It was an absolutely great wrist shot that came very unexpectedly because Caporusso wasn’t even on the ice a few seconds prior.

Nearly midway through the third period, Michigan had yet another power-play opportunity.  This time around Michigan was getting sustained pressure on NMU and just barely missing out on a goal.  Caporusso, for example, put a big rebound right off the post.  Had the puck been just a little over it would have went right into an open net since Stewart was on the ground.  The close call turned out to be a good thing, though, because it directly led to the eventual game-winning goal.  Steve Kampfer ended up with the puck at the blue line after it hit the post, and he slapped a pass down low to the left of the net.  Caporusso once again seemed to come out of nowhere and quickly deflected the puck into the net off of his stick.  It was a perfect setup and a perfect shot that put Michigan on top 2-0 with 11:07 to play in the game.

Northern Michigan wasn’t going to make this easy for Michigan and fought back with a goal of its own two minutes later.  Michigan turned the puck over in front of the net, and a bad bounce off of a skate put the puck right on the stick of Andrew Cherniwchan, who put it past Shawn Hunwick for a goal.  Suddenly this was only a 2-1 game and there were still more than nine minutes left to play.

Michigan tightened things up and managed to run down the clock without allowing any big scoring chances.  There was another turnover that gave NMU a decent shot, but it never even found its way to the net since it was blocked by a Michigan player.  The clock kept winding down and NMU pulled its goalie with a minute left.  Michigan barely missed the empty net once, but it wasn’t exactly playing to score a goal.  The key thing was to make sure NMU didn’t have a chance to tie the game and to run out the clock, and that is exactly what the Wolverines did.

With 11 seconds left on the clock, the puck found its way to the back of the net and Steve Kampfer pinned it up against the boards.  Kampfer, along with Louie Caporusso, managed to keep the puck pinned until the clock stopped with 2.5 seconds left despite being cross-checked and hit in the back of the head.  It seemed like the clock stopped before the whistle and should have run out, but it proved to be unimportant because a Northern Michigan player was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking.  The celebrating immediately began on the Michigan bench because the ensuing faceoff was moved to the NMU zone as a result of the penalty, meaning it was nearly impossible for the Wildcats to score with only 3.5 seconds left in the game (for some reason the refs put an extra second on the clock).  The puck was then dropped and time did run out, and Michigan poured over the bench to celebrate the 2-1 victory, CCHA championship, and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with Shawn Hunwick and the other players already on the ice.

This amazing run to the NCAA tournament was filled with things that seemed beyond unlikely back when Bryan Hogan was injured against Notre Dame on February 25.  Michigan swept Lake Superior State, swept Michigan State in East Lansing, destroyed one of the top teams in the country, and then beat Northern Michigan on Saturday to keep the NCAA tournament streak alive.  This run included Louie Caporusso going on an absolute tear and playing like he did last season after being nonexistent for most of the regular season.  This run included solid defense despite Chris Summers missing the Michigan State series and both games at Joe Louis Arena.  And most notably, this run included an absolutely outstanding performance by Shawn Hunwick, who was merely a backup goalie with almost no experience a month ago.  Hunwick played so well that he was named the MVP of the tournament on the same ice where he gave up the game-winning goal in Michigan’s loss to RPI back in December.  Who would have ever thought that a walk-on goalie would be leading Michigan to the NCAA tournament under these circumstances, especially when you consider Hunwick’s unlikely path to joining the Michigan team in the first place.

Although a movie could be made right now about Hunwick and the way this team came together to make the NCAA tournament, hopefully there is some magic left that will have to be added to the script in the future.  Of course I’m talking about the NCAA tournament, which is now a reality after being nothing more than a dream for most of the season.  The selection show for the tournament is at 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning on ESPN2 and will reveal where and who Michigan will play next week.

Because Michigan moved all the way up to a tie for 11th in the PairWise Rankings, it appears that the Wolverines will end up with a 3 seed.  As far as where it will play, it looks like Michigan will be headed to either Worcester or St. Paul.  Based on who Michigan would draw in those two regionals, I’m hoping Michigan goes to St. Paul, where USCHO thinks it would play St. Cloud State in the first round and then possibly play Wisconsin if it is victorious.  In the Worcester regional Michigan could end up having to play North Dakota in the first round and then Boston College if it makes it to the next round, which is less than ideal.  Then again, most Michigan fans (myself included) were hoping to not play Miami in the CCHA semifinals, and that worked out quite well for the Wolverines.

At this point I’m just glad Michigan got into the tournament to keep the streak alive.  Obviously the dream would be for the Wolverines to win two games to make it to the Frozen Four at Ford Field and then win a national championship in front of tens of thousands of Michigan fans, but the fact that they even have an opportunity to do that is great considering how improbable it once seemed.  Besides, regardless of what happens in the NCAA tournament, I think this was one of Red Berenson’s best coaching jobs ever, and that’s saying something.

Monday Quick Hits: Early Forecast Looks Good for Spring Game

By · Monday, April 6, 2009 · 12:05 AM |  Share | 23 Comments 
  • Louie Caporusso was named the hockey team’s MVP at its awards banquet on Saturday. Chris Summers was named the captain of next season’s team at the banquet as well. Alternate captains will be announced in the fall.
  • Unlike the weather in Michigan today (April snowstorms are just so much fun), the early forecast for Saturday’s spring game looks pretty good. Right now it is supposed to be a high of 51, sunny, and a 0% chance of precipitation. If Michigan is going to hit its goal of having 40,000 people at the game, the weather will have to be good. If the forecast turns out to be accurate, you can’t ask for much nicer weather than that.
  • The final list of alumni flag football game participants isn’t out yet, but here are seven more names to add to it:

    Zia Combs – CB, 2001-02
    Mike Evans – DT, 1988-91
    Phil Webb – RB, 1985-87
    Clint Copenhaver – LB, 1995-98
    Markus Curry – CB, 2002-04
    Allen Jefferson – RB,1987-90
    Brandon Williams – CB, 1999-2002

  • Artis Chambers, who left the football team after the season, is transferring to Ball State.
  • Michigan released a promotional video for 2009-10 basketball season tickets.
  • Devin Gardner’s announcement press conference can be viewed for free on GBW.
  • The Michigan men’s gymnastics team won a share of the Big Ten championship.
  • Michigan Football Saturdays has a rundown of the 2009 spring media guide.
  • Remember Justin Siller, Purdue’s third-string quarterback who lit up Michigan’s defense last season? Well, he has been dismissed from the school for violating academic policy. If he wants, he could return after the 2009-10 academic year.
  • If this story about Michigan fans cheering for MSU describes you, then please don’t call yourself a Michigan fan anymore. The amount of Michigan “fans” cheering for MSU makes me sick. Do you think Michigan State fans would cheer for Michigan if we were in opposite places? There is no way they would. Mark Dantonio needed Michigan to beat Ohio State for MSU to have any shot at the Rose Bowl. You know what his response was when asked about the game? “Go Bucks.” Tonight, Go Heels.

Friday Quick Hits: Student Football/Basketball Tickets Already On Sale

By · Friday, March 20, 2009 · 4:25 AM |  Share | 6 Comments 
  • Student football season tickets are now on sale. The cost is $200 for the tickets and, as usual, $10 for a student shirt, which looks like this for the 2009 season:

    The front of the shirt isn’t all that bad, but how cheesy is “The Big House Pledge?” I wish we could just go back to something like the first version of the student shirt where the back was just a list of Michigan’s accomplishments. Of course, we couldn’t list the bowl streak anymore, but something like that is much better than a paragraph-long pledge.

  • The University of Michigan reversed a policy that gave Ann Arbor students higher priority than Flint and Dearborn students for football tickets. The new policy implemented last year caused an uproar on the Flint and Dearborn campuses, and as a result, it no longer exists. I don’t agree with the decision, but I’ll get to that in a second. Here is what one UM-Flint student had to say about the policy:
    “Students at all of the campuses agreed that a Michigan student is a Michigan student,” said UM-Flint graduate student Wade Merrill, 30, who served on an advisory committee representing all three campuses that formed to address the policy.

    I already shared my thoughts on this last year when the policy was announced, so I’m not going to go into great detail and rehash this argument. All I will say is that a Michigan-Flint/Dearborn student is not the same as a student on the main campus. It’s got nothing to do with intelligence or anything like that; the fact of the matter is that Ann Arbor students pay a considerably higher tuition than Flint/Dearborn students. If people that go to UM-Flint or UM-Dearborn want equal priority for football tickets, then they should have to pay the same tuition.

  • Staying on the tickets theme, student basketball season tickets can now be purchased along with football tickets for the first time ever. The advantage of purchasing the tickets now is that they cost less ($99 now, $125 in the fall).
  • The student basketball season tickets system has been altered for next season. There was some talk a couple months ago about implementing a new system with higher demand anticipated in the future, and now that demand will definitely go up for next season, that system has been put into place.

    Basically, the new system will reward people that get to the games early, and for premium games, reward people that go to the other games. Rather than receive an actual ticket, students that buy the package will get a voucher for each game. That voucher, presented with a student’s M-card, will be redeemed for a ticket to the game you are attending when you enter Crisler Arena. On a first-come, first-served basis, students will sit in the bleachers, behind the band, or in the upper deck. This is the part of the system that encourages people to get to the game early. The earlier you get to Crisler, the better chance you have of getting to sit in the bleachers.

    For premium games (Ohio State, Michigan State, high-profile non-conference teams, etc.), students’ seat locations will not be on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be assigned based on how many games the student has attended. The priority goes from attending all games to attending all but one and so on. This gives people incentive to go to all games (such as the mid-week matchups against crappy non-conference teams), as they will run the risk of not getting to sit in the bleachers against a Michigan State or Ohio State if they don’t show up to other games. This is a great way to keep attendance up no matter who the opponent is, and it rewards the fans that do go to every game.

    I’m sure there will be some issues with this new system in the beginning, but it definitely sounds like a good way to deal with the increased demand that is expected for next season. Ticket sales were already going to be much better than this past season once people realized Michigan was decent. Now that they are in the second-round of the NCAA tournament, the bandwagon is quickly filling up. It helps that the football team sucked last season, as many people that couldn’t have cared less about the basketball team a year ago are suddenly huge fans. And that’s not a bad thing at all. Hopefully the team continues to improve and someday the student bleachers will have to expand to deal with the large demand for tickets.

  • David Wohlberg is the CCHA Rookie of the Year, and Tim Miller is the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward.
  • Louie Caporusso is one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Michigan’s Kevin Porter won the award last year.

Thursday Quick Hits: Big Ten Tournament Begins Today

By · Thursday, March 12, 2009 · 12:00 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 
  • Although victories over UCLA and Duke were two of the biggest wins in quite some time for the Michigan basketball program, today really presents the most important game in over a decade. Even though Michigan’s opponent is only Iowa, this could be the day that ends the NCAA tournament drought. Although Selection Sunday is still a few days away, a win against Iowa would likely punch Michigan’s ticket to the Big Dance for the first time since 1998.

    On the flip side, a loss could send Michigan to the NIT and leave them only one victory short of the NCAA tournament yet again. It would be a repeat of the end of Tommy Amaker’s time with Michigan, where the team would always get close but ultimately collapse under pressure.

    Based on what has transpired this season, it would be easy for me to say that this year’s team won’t collapse and will get a win. However, March Madness means that anything is possible, and I won’t rest easy until the clock runs out with Michigan holding the lead. Even then I probably wouldn’t rest easy until I saw Michigan’s name in the NCAA tournament bracket, but that’s getting a little ahead of things. First things first, Michigan has to beat Iowa to ensure that they are going dancing. (Game starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2)

  • Inkster dual-threat quarterback Devin Gardner is going to announce his college decision sometime this weekend. All signs point to Michigan being his choice, as Gardner is actually going to be in Ann Arbor for junior day on Friday and the beginning of spring practice this weekend. It is expected that a commitment will happen while he is in Ann Arbor, so we should know for sure in the next couple of days. Landing Gardner this early in the recruiting process would be huge, as he is a top priority recruit for Michigan.
  • D.J. Williamson, a wide receiver from Ohio, may commit to Michigan this weekend as well. If he does verbal to Michigan, he would be the fourth receiver in the 2010 class already, though I imagine not all of them would actually play WR in college.
  • Robert Marve, the quarterback that transferred from the University of Miami, is apparently considering Michigan as a possibility for his next destination.
  • Darryl Stonum was sentenced to up to 93 days in jail, $300 in fines, and 360 hours of community service for a charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired.
  • Louie Caporusso and Aaron Palushaj were named to the All-CCHA First Team.

Michigan Splits with Ohio State in Columbus

By · Monday, February 23, 2009 · 1:40 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

This past weekend was shaping up to be a great one all around for the hockey team. On Friday, Michigan beat Ohio State by a score of 4-1 (OSU scored their only goal with around 30 seconds left) and was absolutely dominate. OSU was on its heels the entire game and Michigan put them away in the second period. Saturday’s game looked like it would follow a similar script, but everything changed on a 5-on-3 in the second period.

Ohio State was already trailing 2-0 and took simultaneous penalties, resulting in a 2-minute long 5-on-3 for Michigan. This was Michigan’s chance to put Ohio State away for good. At the same time, it was also a chance for OSU to gain momentum back if they could kill off the penalty. The same thing happened when Michigan killed off their second 5-on-3 of the game against Nebraska-Omaha two Saturdays ago. Michigan gained a lot of momentum and ended up winning 3-2. Unfortunately, the same thing happened this past Saturday for the Buckeyes.

After killing off the 5-on-3 with Michigan having little success even getting the puck into the zone (OSU actually sort of had a breakaway during it, showing you how bad the power play was for U-M), the Buckeyes slowly started to gain momentum. About a minute and a half later, OSU had all the momentum because they finally scored a goal. Four minutes later, they were on the board again to tie the game. Bryan Hogan did his best Dominik Hasek impression to keep the puck out of the net (he had already done it once or twice before), but it slid just out of his reach and got knocked in for a goal. Suddenly this game was tied at 2.

Just ten seconds after Ohio State’s second goal, Michigan appeared to have broken the tie already. Out of the faceoff at center ice, Michigan went into the Buckeyes zone and a pass intended for Louie Caporusso hit an OSU player and bounced off of either Caporusso’s chest or head. The puck then bounced off the ice and into the net for what should have been a goal. Referee Kevin Langseth didn’t see it that way, though, and ruled no goal for some reason. Even after reviewing it Langseth ruled no goal, meaning horrendous CCHA officiating had struck again.

Michigan did not play very well in the second and third periods, which is the main reason why they ended up losing. For a second time in this game, though, Langseth made a questionable call. With 4:20 left in the game, an OSU player’s shot got through Bryan Hogan and slowly slid towards the net. As the puck started to come to a stop, Michigan’s Scooter Vaughn and an OSU player skated through the crease behind Hogan. The puck hit off one or both of their skates and went into the net for the game-deciding goal. It was tough to tell if Vaughn or the OSU player knocked it in, but take a guess at which way the call went. It was ruled a goal on the ice and nothing changed after Langseth reviewed it.

Michigan had plenty of great scoring chances throughout this game and as play came to an end, but they couldn’t get a third one past Dustin Carlson on Saturday. He played exceptionally well and kept the score at 3-2 when time expired. Along with his great play, the bounces went in OSU’s favor as well. The poor officiating didn’t help, either. For the second time in a month Michigan was on the raw end of a ridiculously bad call. I’m not talking about a close play like Ohio State’s third goal. Those types of calls could go either way. I’m talking about blatantly bad calls where, for example, a goal was disallowed for no reason, a play was blown dead for no reason right before a goal was scored (against ND), and a goal was counted even though the player clearly directed it in off his skate (also against ND). There is no excuse for blowing those calls, especially at this point in the season.

After Friday, Michigan had moved into a tie for second-place in the CCHA with Miami (Ohio), but the RedHawks won in a shootout on Saturday to regain their spot behind Notre Dame. Speaking of Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish swept Nebraska-Omaha by winning in overtime on Friday and by a score of 1-0 on Saturday. Notre Dame has now clinched the regular season CCHA title and has moved into a tie for second with Michigan in the PairWise Rankings. Since they hold the edge in the individual comparison, Notre Dame would go to the Grand Rapids regional as a #1 seed if the season ended today.

Thankfully, the season isn’t over yet. Michigan has a home-and-home with Ferris State this weekend. Friday’s game is at Ferris and will not be televised (it starts at 7:05 p.m.). Saturday’s game is at Yost and is Senior Night (8:05 p.m. start time on CBS College Sports). It is the final regular season home game, meaning we will probably see Billy Sauer in goal and hopefully Mark Mitera in the game. These two games may not mean a whole lot for the CCHA standings, but every win counts with the margin between Michigan and Notre Dame being as slim as it is in the PairWise Rankings. One loss could knock Michigan out of contention for the #1 seed in Grand Rapids, so sweeping Ferris State is vital if the Wolverines want to prevent that from happening.

Monday Quick Hits: Michigan Sweeps UNO, Clinches First-Round Bye

By · Monday, February 16, 2009 · 2:01 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan clinched a first-round bye in the CCHA playoffs by sweeping Nebraska-Omaha. On Friday, Michigan went off in the third period by scoring 4 goals. UNO actually made it a 4-3 game just a couple minutes into the third period, but Michigan answered back by opening the floodgates. In a five minute or so span, the Wolverines scored 4 goals to make this an 8-3 blowout. Bryan Hogan, who was apparently feeling sick, was able to pull himself out of the game with around seven minutes left, giving Billy Sauer his first playing time at home since November.

    On Saturday, Sauer started in place of Hogan and was welcomed back to the starting lineup with a pair of 5-on-3 situations. Tim Miller received a 5-minute major for kneeing and Danny Fardig was sent to the box for boarding shortly after. That put Sauer in a tough situation, and Nebraska-Omaha first capitalized with a goal just as Fardig’s penalty was set to expire. 30 seconds later, UNO scored again to make it a 2-0 game.

    Less than a minute after Tim Miller’s penalty ended, Chris Summers and Brian Lebler went to the box at the same time. With a penalty already called on Summers for boarding, Lebler picked up one as well for high-sticking, meaning Michigan had to kill off another 5-on-3. This time things went much better for Michigan, and they escaped the pair of penalties without giving up another goal. That really turned the entire game around, as Michigan was probably lucky to be down only 2-0 after the first period ended.

    With under five to go in the second period, Michigan finally scored when Louie Caporusso zipped a pass in front of the net to Travis Turnbull, who smacked it in for a goal. About a minute and a half later, Brian Lebler put the rebound of a Turnbull shot into the net to tie the game, setting up the Wolverines to make this a comeback victory in the third period.

    With less than five minutes to go in the game, Luke Glendening took a pass from Caporusso and sniped a shot past UNO’s goalie to give Michigan a 3-2 lead. Caporusso got the puck off a turnover and quickly went into UNO’s zone to set up Glendening for his first goal of the night. Caporusso would later set up Glendening’s second goal of the night by feeding him a pass out in front of an empty net with 35 seconds left in the game. The second goal by Glendening sealed the game for Michigan and gave them a 4-2 win.

  • Since both Miami and Notre Dame also swept their opponents this weekend, Michigan is still in third-place in the CCHA (2 points behind Miami and 6 behind ND). Michigan probably won’t catch ND, but the good news is that a first-round bye has already been secured. The rest of the season is important for seeding in the NCAA tournament more than anything else.
  • Michigan heads to Ohio State next weekend to play the fifth-place Buckeyes. OSU is battling for a first-round bye, so this is a huge series for them. Friday’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. and will be on the Big Ten Network and Saturday’s game starts at 8:05 p.m. and will be on CBS College Sports.
  • Mark Mitera is going to participate in full contact practice this week, suggesting that he is on pace to return on Senior Night (February 28 against Ferris State). Mitera has been out since the first game of the season, so getting him back would obviously be great news.
  • Forbes named Ann Arbor the #1 college sports town in America.
  • Varsity Blue posted a video of an interview with Will Campbell.
  • Charlie Weis has named himself Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator.
  • Lane Kiffin has committed another recruiting violation.
  • The FanHouse took a look at all of the negative things Kiffin has done so far at Tennessee.
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