Archive for February, 2011

Michigan Wins Another CCHA Championship!

February 27, 2011

Eleven and counting!

The University of Michigan ice hockey team earned the program’s 11th CCHA regular season championship on Saturday night with a 5-0 whitewash at Northern Michigan University. Coupled with Notre Dame’s 2-0 loss to  Western Michigan University, the win gave UM the CCHA title on the final day of the season.

Senior Carl Hagelin led the way for the Wolverines with two goals and an assist and senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick was stellar in goal. Bryan Hogan entered at goalie for the final six minutes and kept the shutout intact.

After a hard fought victory at NMU Friday night, this one was never in doubt as Michigan chased the CCHA title. Michigan finished the regular season at 23-9-4 overall and 20-7-1-0 in the CCHA. In winning the championship, UM also earned a bye in the CCHA Tournament first round. Michigan will host a quarterfinal matchup March 11-13 at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor as the Wolverines attempt to add a tournament title to their regular season championship.

For more information on all of Michigan’s prior hockey championships, get the new book by Greg Nelson entitled, Michigan Ice Hockey, Celebrating the All-Time Greats and Most Memorable Moments.

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Wolverines Aim for Another CCHA Title

February 25, 2011

With the CCHA playoffs looming, the University of Michigan hockey team travels to take on Northern Michigan University this weekend in two games that will help determine the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s regular season champion.

Heading into the weekend, UM trails first place Notre Dame by 1 point in the CCHA standings. Each team has just two regular season games remaining, with the Irish facing a two-game set vs. Western Michigan. The Wolverines head into their two crucial road contests in Marquette on a bit of a hot streak, having won four in a row.

For more on Michigan’s hockey history, including their 20-year run of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, look for the book – Michigan Ice Hockey, Celebrating the All-Time Greats and Most Memorable Moments – by Greg Nelson.

Wolverine Icers Sweep Broncos

February 20, 2011

Michigan’s ice hockey team kept its CCHA regular season championship hopes alive and well with a weekend sweep of visiting Western Michigan University. The Wolverines followed up Friday night’s 6-3 thrashing of WMU with a thrilling 5-4 overtime win on Saturday night at rocking Yost Arena in Ann Arbor.

Senior captain Carl Hagelin led the way on Saturday night, rallying UM in the final seconds of regulation time. Hagelin scored with just 39.1 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game 4-4 and send the teams into overtime. Hagelin then scored the game winner with only 2.9 seconds left in the OT period.

The wins pushed Michigan’s record to 21-9-4 overall and 18-7-1 in the CCHA and  marked the 24th consecutive season in which Michigan has recorded at least 20 victories. Senior goalie Shawn Hunwick was in goal for Michigan for both victories.

Michigan hockey fans can find must reading in the new book, Michigan Ice Hockey, Celebrating the All-Time Greats and Most Memorable Moments, by Greg Nelson.

Wolverines Sweep Buckeyes at Yost Arena

February 13, 2011

With dual 2-1 wins over Ohio State at Yost Arena over the weekend, the University of Michigan hockey team stayed just one point out of first place in the CCHA with four games left in the regular season.

On Saturday night, sophomore forward Chris Brown scored early in the second period to stake Michigan to a 2-0 lead. After OSU scored to make it 2-1, UM had to fight off a five-minute Buckeye power play late in the game to hold on for the victory. The win moved Michigan’s record to 19-9-4 overall and 16-7-1 in the tight CCHA race.

The Wolverines next host Western Michigan University for two games at home in Yost Arena on Feb. 18-19.

Thanks to the M Club of Greater Detroit

February 4, 2011

Author Greg Nelson with Josh Blackburn

Thanks to the M Club of Greater Detroit for their warm hospitality at Joe Louis Arena last weekend prior to the Michigan-MSU hockey game.

I enjoyed meeting a great group of alums filled with maize & blue pride. Also enjoyed talking with fellow event co-speaker Josh Blackburn. Josh is a former UM standout goaltender and currently serves as the Wolverines’ volunteer goaltending coach.

The University of Michigan hockey team travels to Oxford, OH to face CCHA rival Miami on Feb. 4 & 5 in a crucial weekend series.