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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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Michigan Hockey Back in the Frozen Four!

March 28, 2011

On to the Frozen Four. Again!

The University of Michigan hockey team added another page to its storied history by stamping its ticket to another Frozen Four berth this weekend. It will be the program’s NCAA record 24th trip to the Frozen Four and the Wolverines will be shooting to add to their record nine national championships.

But the road to the title won’t be easy. Michigan is set to face the nation’s top-raked team as North Dakota became the only top-seeded team to win its regional when it bounced Denver 6-1 in the Midwest Regional final.

The Fighting Sioux (32-8-3) will play Michigan (28-10-4) in one of two national semifinals to be played April 7 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

Michigan (28-10-4) advanced to the Frozen Four after defeating Nebraska-Omaha 3-2 in the Regional semifinal and then ousting Colorado College 2-1 in the Regional final behind goals from Scooter Vaughan and Lee Moffie and more outstanding goaltending from Shawn Hunwick.

For more information on Michigan’s amazing hockey history, including a look back at the program’s previous National Championships, check out the book – Michigan Ice Hockey, Celebrating the All-Time Greats and Most Memorable Moments, by Greg Nelson.

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 Keep Rolling with Sweep of Alaska

January 23, 2011

The CCHA season is heading for the home stretch and the University of Michigan is hitting its stride at just the right time. Michigan followed up Friday night’s 2-0 shutout of Alaska with a 4-3 win over the Nanooks on Saturday night at Yost Arena.

The weekend sweep puts the UM winning streak at 5 in a row and the Wolverines have now won 9 of their last 10 games to grab first place in the CCHA standings.

Sixth-ranked Michigan, 17-6-4 overall and 14-4-1 CCHA, rode the hot hand of goaltender Shawn Hunwick with 37 saves while senior Carl Hagelin chipped in with three assists.

Michigan next travels to Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena on Sat. Jan 29 for another matchup with rival Michigan State University at 8:05 pm.

Discover more on the history and greatest moments in Michigan hockey with the book, Michigan Ice Hockey, Celebrating the All-Time Greats and Most Memorable Moments by Greg Nelson. The author will also be speaking before the Jan. 29 game as he addresses the M Club of Greater Detroit.

UM and MSU Split Weekend Hockey Series

January 10, 2011

What is it about Friday?

The University of Michigan ice hockey team lost at Michigan State University last Friday night 4-3 in overtime. For the 7th ranked Wolverines (USA Today poll), 13-6-4, it was the fifth time they have come up short in a Friday game. On a more positive note, Michigan bounced back the following night and defeated MSU 4-0 at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor. That win kept the Wolverines unbeaten in Saturday games.

The Saturday night victory was highlighted by two goals from senior co-captain Carl Hagelin and a 28-save shutout performance by senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick. The shutout was the second of the season for Hunwick who previously shut out MSU in the Big Chill at the Big House outdoor game in December.

The Wolverines are off until Jan. 14-15 when they try to break the Friday night jinx by taking on Ferris State in a home-and-home series starting in Ann Arbor. The scene shifts to Big Rapids on Saturday in the second game of the series against the Bulldogs.

For additional information on Michigan’s storied ice hockey program, look for the new book title, Michigan Ice Hockey, Celebrating the All-Time Greats and Most Memorable Moments, by Greg Nelson.

Chillin’ at the Big House!

December 13, 2010

The University of Michigan hockey team made itself right at home in the Big House. The Wolverines took their game outside on Sat, Dec. 11 and soundly defeated Michigan State University 5-0 on a special rink built inside Michigan Stadium before a world record crowd of 113,411.

The game, billed as the Big Chill in the Big House, featured two goals from UM freshman Jon Merrill and two goals from senior co-captain Carl Hagelin. Goalie Shawn Hunwick notched his first shutout of the season, stopping 34 shots.

Michigan now enjoys a short rest for the holidays prior to resuming play on Wednesday, Dec. 29 versus Michigan Tech in the opening round of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. The game is slated for a 7:35 p.m. start.

Learn more about Michigan’s history in outdoor games by picking up your copy of the new book, Michigan Ice Hockey by Greg Nelson.