Archive for April, 2011

Michigan Hockey Shoots for 10th NCAA Title

April 8, 2011

A perfect 10.

The University of Michigan hockey team will be gunning for its NCAA record 10th National Championship Saturday night at 7 pm inside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

After a stirring 2-0 win over top-ranked North Dakota last night, Michigan moves on to face the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Frozen Four championship game.

The Wolverines were led by senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick who came up with one big play after another while making 40 saves against the favored Fighting Sioux.

While North Dakota was relentless on offense the entire night, the Wolverines just needed the opening goal by winger Ben Winnett. The first period goal, only his fourth of the season, was all the help Hunwick needed. Michigan finally sealed the semifinal win with an empty net goal by Scooter Vaughan

With 35.8 seconds remaining.

The Fighting Sioux entered the game on a 15-game unbeaten streak. The second-best offensive team in the nation, North Dakota had only been shut out twice all season.

Hunwick, the MVP of the NCAA West Regional, continues to be the hottest goalie in the tournament and he has now stopped 88 of the last 91 shots he’s faced. Michigan has now won 12 of its last 13 games.

While Michigan enters the title game in search of title number 10, Minnesota Duluth will be looking for its first ever NCAA hockey championship in only its second trip to the finals in school history.

The Bulldogs advanced to the final with a 4-3 win over Notre Dame.

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