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Historic Night Of Big Ten Hockey – Michigan Survives Ohio State, Overtime


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In a titanic clash of two traditional gridiron football rivals that just so happened to produce a wonderfully exciting game certainly most well qualified to serve on this historic inaugural night of Big Ten Conference ice hockey, it was a genuine, long home run pass resulting in a breakaway goal that powered the # 3 MICHIGAN WOLVERINES to a pulsating 4-3 overtime victory over the upset-minded OHIO STATE BUCKEYES.

Michigan stormed to an early lead less than three minutes into the contest when center TRAVIS LYNCH, the homegrown junior from White Lake, scored his first goal of the season on a simple rap around that Ohio State netminder LOGAN DAVIS might have done more to prevent. Davis, the homegrown freshman from Upper Arlington who began this season as the third-string goaltender on the Buckeyes roster behind two players who have already been drafted by National Hockey League clubs, would settle himself down soon enough, however. And the visitors found themselves level late in the first period when RYAN DZINGEL, the junior left wing from Wheaton, Illinois, who was the seventh round selection (# 204 overall) of the Ottawa Senators at the 2011 NHL Draft, scored his Big Ten Conference-leading eighth goal of this 2013/14 campaign with a one-time blast from the top of the right faceoff circle while the Buckeyes were skating on the power play.

The Wolverines went back to the lead almost seven minutes into the second period after center J.T. COMPHER, the highly-touted freshman from Northbrook, Illinois, who was tabbed in second round (# 35 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, backhanded a rebound past Davis to score his third goal of this season with Michigan enjoying the man advantage. The hosts had a big opportunity to extend their lead in after fourth line right wing EVAN ALLEN, the homegrown freshman from Sterling Heights who had netted two goals in his first eight collegiate games for the Wolverines coming into this much anticipated contest with the Buckeyes, was obstructed from behind while on the breakaway. But Davis was able to shake off any ill-effects of his collision with Allen and triumph in the resulting one-on-one duel of opposing rookies on the penalty shot attempt.

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Once again, Ohio State saw itself skating on level terms in the latter half of the second period after capitalizing on another power play situation. MAX MCCORMICK, the junior left wing from De Pere, Wisconsin, who was sixth round selection (# 177 overall) of the Ottawa Senators at the 2011 NHL Draft, was looking to set up a teammate at the back door on the other side of the net but his pass ended up in the back of the Wolverines’ net after deflecting off of a Michigan defender’s skate. But the # 3 ranked team in all college hockey would regain the lead yet again before the second intermission had even arrived.

With less than 20 seconds left in the second period, the influential Compher (12 ga, 3 go, 12 pts) won a key faceoff cleanly and Canadian legionnaire ALEX GUPTILL, the junior left wing from Newmarket, Ontario, who was the third round choice (# 77 overall) of the Dallas Stars at the 2010 NHL Draft, quickly snapped off a deadly accurate shot and beat the Buckeyes netminder Davis. Guptill, of course, led Michigan with both 16 goals as well as 36 points while skating in 38 NCAA games last season and, for most of the third period, it looked as if his fifth goal of this season just might stand up to defeat the eternal enemy Ohio State. This in large part due to the form of previously unheralded Michigan backstop ZACH NAGELVOORT, the homegrown freshman from Holland who has seeingly come out of nowhere to establish himself as the Wolverines’ clear number one netminder (9 ga, 1.65 avg, .945 svpct) at the moment.

Indeed, only three minutes and thirteen seconds remained in the contest when Ohio State’s Canadian leagionnaire TANNER FRITZ, the undrafted junior from Grande Prairie, Alberta, who now totals 11 assists and 12 points in only eight NCAA games this season, was able to steal the puck along the boards behind the net in the Michigian zone and quickly center the puck into the slot. Racing in to meet such an inviting pass was Buckeyes left wing ANTHONY GRECO, the undersized sophomore (5’10″ 174 lbs) from Fairbault, Minnesota, who had no trouble beating Nagelvoort to notch his second goal of this 2013/14 season. And so, perhaps appropriately enough given the historic ocassion at hand, a little overtime hockey, at the minimum, would prove to be necessary.

Ohio State had the first three of the first four shots on goal in the overtime period but were still destined to suffer an inglorious fate. Following a faceoff just outside the Michigan blue line, experienced Wolverines defenseman and team captain MAX BENNETT, the senior from Narragansett, Rhode Island, who was reserved in the third round (# 79 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, caught the Buckeyes defense napping and hit streaking ANDREW COPP with a long home run pass. The Michigan center made no mistake with his breakaway opportunity and, in doing so, tied Dzingel for the conference lead with his eighth goal of the season before being swarmed by overjoyed constituents.

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Michigan Wolverines center ANDREW COPP (18), the quite-literally homegrown sophomore from Ann Arbor who was chosen by the Winnipeg Jets in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft last summer, is behind the Ohio State Buckeyes’ inexperienced Canadian legionnaire JOSH HEALEY (47), an undrafted freshman defenseman from Edmonton, Alberta, and prepared to shoot the game-winner in overtime to settle the very first Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match ever contested at the venerable Yost Ice Arena.
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November 29, 2013
Yost Ice Arena – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attendance : 5,800

MICHIGAN 4 – OHIO STATE 3 … (overtime)

02:53 … MICH – Lynch (Kile, Allen)
15:46 … OSU – Dzingel (McCormick, Szczechura) – ppg
26:41 … MICH – Compher (Moffatt, Guptill) – ppg
34:26 … OSU – McCormick (Szczechura, Fritz) – -ppg
39:43 … MICH – Guptill (Compher)
56:47 … OSU – Greco (Fritz)
63:38 … MICH – Copp (Bennett, De Jong)

shots-on-goal : MICH 38 (9 + 17 + 10 + 2) – OSU 35 (13 + 11 + 8 + 3)

penalty minutes : OSU 10 – MICH 4

MICHIGAN : Nagelvoort – Downing, Bennett ; Clare, Sinelli ; De Jong, Chiasson – Guptill, Compher, DeBlois ; Motte, Copp, Di Giuseppe ; Moffatt, Nieves, Hyman ; Kile, Lynch, Allen

OHIO STATE : Davis – Gedig, Healey ; Jardine, Brevig ; Da Silva, McLean – Dzingel, Oddo, Schilkey ; McCormick, Fritz, Szczechura ; Niddery, Statchuk, Johnson ; Greco, Lundey, Angeli

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Hockey History Awaits Both Michigan And Ohio State


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Need something to be thankful for this holiday season? … Well, the brand new ice hockey league of the BIG TEN CONFERENCE will drop the puck on Friday night and officially begin its historic first weekend of competition, which includes a noteworthy trip by the OHIO STATE BUCKEYES meet its most famous rival, the MICHIGAN WOLVERINES, at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. And not a moment too soon, either, so God bless!

The men’s ice hockey teams of the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University will oppose one another for the 117th time in the long-running frozen feud that dates back exactly half a century. Indeed, it was on February 8th in 1964 that the fledgling Buckeyes and the experienced Wolverines clashed for the first time ever with Michigan, who would cap off their 1963/64 campaign by being crowned NCAA national champions for the seventh time in school history, skating its way to a landslide victory. In fact, the Wolverines’ 21-0 triumph over the Ohio State rookies still to this day sets the all-time collegiate record for largest margin of victory.

The Buckeyes have, of course, made enormous strides to improve the quality of their program over the last 50 years but, nevertheless, it is still a proud Michigan, who now boast nine NCAA national championship titles, that dominates the all-time series to date between these two legendary rival institutions by sporting the mark of 72 wins, 33 losses and 11 ties.

at Ann Arbor …….. Michigan leads ….. 35 wins … 14 losses … 6 ties
at Columbus …….. Michigan leads ….. 32 wins … 16 losses … 5 ties
neutral site ………. Michigan leads ……. 5 wins ….. 3 losses … 0 ties

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Ohio State Buckeyes center R.J. UMBERGER (22), the native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who was the first round choice (# 16 overall) of the Vancouver Canucks at the 2001 National Hockey League Draft and later named NCAA (West) Second Team All-America in 2003, is double-teamed by the Michigan Wolverines pair of DAVID MOSS (18), the right wing who has been a regular in the NHL with the Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes the past seven-plus years, and defenseman BRANDON ROGERS (5) during a Central Collegiate Hockey Association contest in Columbus more than a decade ago.
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Michigan have won seven of the last ten meetings between the two schools while claiming victory over Ohio State the last four times in succession. The Wolverines and Buckeyes faced-off against each other only twice during the final Central Collegiate Hockey Association campaign ever contested with head coach RED BERENSON’s charges sweeping the two games (5-3 and 6-3) last February at the Value City Arena in Columbus. It has been more than two years since Ohio State has appeared at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor but on that occasion it was the then # 14 Buckeyes who upended then # 7 Michigan twice (2-1 and 6-5).

02/23/07 … Columbus ….. Michigan 4 – Ohio State 3
02/24/07 … Columbus ….. Ohio State 6 – Michigan 5
11/30/07 … Ann Arbor ….. Ohio State 3 – Michigan 2
12/01/07 … Ann Arbor ….. Michigan 4 – Ohio State 2
10/31/08 … Ann Arbor ….. Michigan 4 – Ohio State 3
11/01/08 … Ann Arbor ….. Michigan 6 – Ohio State 1
02/20/09 … Columbus ….. Michigan 4 – Ohio State 1
02/21/09 … Columbus ….. Ohio State 3 – Michigan 2
12/04/09 … Ann Arbor ….. Ohio State 5 – Michigan 3
12/05/09 … Ann Arbor ….. Michigan 2 – Ohio State 1
12/03/10 … Columbus ….. Ohio State 3 – Michigan 2 … (ot)
12/04/10 … Columbus ….. Michgian 2 – Ohio State 1
02/11/11 … Ann Arbor ….. Michigan 3 – Ohio State 2
02/12/11 … Ann Arbor ….. Michigan 2 – Ohio State 1
11/18/11 … Ann Arbor ….. Ohio State 2 – Michigan 1
11/19/11 … Ann Arbor ….. Ohio State 6 – Michigan 5
01/07/12 … Columbus ….. Michigan 4 – Ohio State 0
01/08/12 … Cleveland ….. Michigan 4 – Ohio State 1
02/22/13 … Columbus ….. Michigan 5 – Ohio State 3
02/23/13 … Columbus ….. Michigan 6 – Ohio State 3

The University of Michigan will enter into this latest engagement with the eternal enemies ranked # 3 in both the USCHO.com as well as the USA Today/USA Hockey polls while Ohio State is currently rated # 22 by the former and # 21 by the latter. One of the most magical aspects of any true college hockey rivalry, however, is that the national polls and the all-time series record really does not amount to anything at all once the puck has been dropped yet again. And so only time will tell which team will go into the history books as the first school to win the inaugural Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match ever contested by these two titanic adversaries.

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Ohio State goaltender CAL HEETER (1), the 25-year-old native of St. Louis, Missouri, who has spent the past two seasons primarily tending the nets for the Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hockey League, lifts his stick to signify victory over the dreaded University of Michigan on the road at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor — this two game-sweep by the Buckeyes in November of 2011 marked the first time since 1986 that a visting Ohio State squad had been able to sweep the Wolverines on their own home ice.

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Flashback 1952 : Michigan First To Repeat As NCAA Champions


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A TRIO OF IRON RANGERS ON THE WOLVERINES … three proud graduates of the powerhouse Eveleth High School program in northern Minnesota — RON MARTINSON (15), WILLARD IKOLA (1) and JOHN MATCHEFTS (4) — were reunited and celebrated a pair of collegiate national championships while skating together at the University of Michigan in the early 1950s.
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“MICHIGAN made hockey history last night. The Wolverines trounced COLORADO COLLEGE 4-1 in the jampacked Broadmoor Ice Palace to become the first team to win two straight NCAA championships. Coach VIC HEYLIGER’s teams have now won three titles in five years (and) Michigan has never lost a championship final game,” wrote Ed Whipple for the Michigan Daily on March 16, 1952.

History does not record whether or not Whipple was aware of such, but the dynastic reign of the Michigan University ice hockey team over the NCAA dominion was far from over. As a matter of fact, yet another three national championship titles in the next four seasons to follow awaited Wolverine pucksters steered by the native of Concord, Massachusetts, who had set the school record by scoring 116 goals for Michigan in the mid-1930s before signing to skate with the Chicago Black Hawks in the National Hockey League. More than half a century later, the total haul of six national championship titles in nine seasons is a very distinguished benchmark that no other college hockey program has ever seriously challenged.

Michigan blew out the Ivy Leaguers from Brown University 7-1 in the title match of the 1951 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament but had lost its two leading snipers, NEIL CELLEY (40 goals) and Canadian legioinnaire GIL BURFORD (37 goals), plus reliable the senior netminder HAL DOWNES to graduation. Compounding the loss of Burford and Celley, the native of Eveleth, Minnesota, who reset the Michigan record with 79 points in his final season, was the absence of Wolverines junior forward JOHN MATCHEFTS. The Wolverines’ fourth-leading scorer (56 points) during the 1950/51 season who also was named to the NCAA’s All-Tournament team in 1951, as well, Matchefts had been been declared academically ineligible with eight games to go in the 51/52 regular season and would not appear for defending champion Michigan at the 1952 NCAA tournament in Colorado Springs.

No matter, then, for Heyliger had several talented sophomores at Michigan in the fall of 1951 who were just aching for their chance to appear for the mighty Wolverine varsity at the highest collegiate level. Perhaps most prominent among the newcomers was yet another player, goaltender WILLARD IKOLA (like Matchefts, a product of Eveleth and a would-be silver medalist for the United States at the 1956 Winter Olympic Games) from the so-called Iron Range in northern Minnesota. Four Canadian imports and a homegrown product from Port Huron would also prove themselves to be important new faces to the Michigan cause.

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MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY gather at the Broadmoor Ice Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on March 15, 1952, to have a traditional team picture taken with the trophy after winning the NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament for a second campaign in succession.

Back row (left to right) : EDDIE MAY (3), barely visible alumni JOE MARMO, head coach VIC HEYLIGER, trainer CARL ISSACSON, BOB HEATHCOTT (5), ALEX MACLELLAN (18), GRAHAM CRAGG (11), PAT CONNEY (8), PAUL PELOW (9), REGGIE SHAVE (17), DOUG PHILPOTT (12), DOUG MULLEN (19), manager CHUCK HYMAN

Front row (left to right) : JOHN MCKENNELL (10), EARL KEYES (7), Tournament Queen LESLIE LOCKHART, RON MARTINSON (15), GEORGE CHIN (6), WILLARD IKOLA (1), JIM HAAS (2)
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Michigan concluded its 1951/52 regular season schedule with a sparkling record of 20 wins against only four defeats but the reloading Wolverines, with the record of nine wins and three losses, had surprisingly not finished on top of the standings in the newly-created Midwest Collegiate Hockey League, the father of the modern day Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Canadian legionnaire BOB HEATHCOTT, the experienced as well as versatile senior defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, ended up as the leading scorer for Michigan with 44 points (13 goals), which was indicative of the Wolverines’ decreased goal-scoring power from the previous campaign. Senior captain EARL KEYES (37 points) and sophomore left wing PAT COONEY (35 points – 17 goals), a pair of Canadian imports from Windsor, Ontario, were next on the scoring chart for Heyliger’s varsity.

The champion of the new MCHL in 1952 was Colorado College with its unmatched conference record of ten wins against only two losses. The Tigers, who claimed the NCAA national championship title in 1950, accomplished this commendable feat despite losing a pair of quality players to the United States’ entry for the 1952 Winter Olympic Games in Oslo, Norway. Prior to the start of the 1951/52 college hockey season, Colorado College forward BOB ROMPRE had been drafted into the Marine Corps and would have been sent to fight in the Korean War had the native of International Falls, Minnesota, not made the American Olympic team, it should be noted. Colorado College, after posting a 16-8-1 mark and a third place finish at the 1951 NCAA tournament, improved its overall slate for the 51/52 campaign to 18 wins against four losses with two ties heading into what was at that time the annual NCAA affair always staged at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs.

The Tigers were also plagued by manpower issues in a major way at the 1952 NCAA tournament, however. Colorado College senior forward RON HARTWELL had led the entire country by scoring 43 goals during the 1950/51 NCAA season and went on to top the MCHL in scoring with 67 points (40 goals) in just 23 games. But neither Hartwell, who was voted First Team All-America in a poll of the nation’s 24 Division I college hockey coaches in 1952, nor classmate TONY FRASCA, the highly decorated senior from Cambridge, Massachusetts, who was selected to the 1950 NCAA All-Tournament team and honored as First Team All-America in both 1951 and 1952, were available to skate for Tigers head coach CHEDDY THOMPSON on account of insufficient eligibility and physical fitness, respectively.

So, of the Tigers’ top forward line combination, only OMER BRANDT, who had paced the 1951 NCAA tournament in scoring with six points and would be tabbed as a Second Team All-America in the coaches’ poll, was in the Colorado College line-up for the 1952 NCAA tournament final opposite Michigan, who had already defeated the depleted Tigers in the two meetings between the two schools earlier in the term.

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Colorado College forward ANDY GAMBUCCI, the native of Eveleth, Minnesota, who helped the Tigers capture the 1950 national championship title as a sophomore, missed most of his senior season after landing a spot on the United States squad that captured the Olympic silver medal at the 1952 Winter Games hosted by Oslo, Norway.
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Fortified by a pair of goals each from the sophomore Cooney and fellow Canadian legionnaire JOHN MCKENNELL, the senior right wing from Toronto, Ontario, who scored 35 goals for the Heyliger’s squad as a junior during the successful 1950/51 season and, altogether, racked up 54 goals in his three-year varsity career at Michigan, the irrepressible Wolverines laid absolute waste to St. Lawrence University by the margin of 9-3 in one of the two 1952 NCAA tournament semifinal contests at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs. As reported in a backhanded manner by the Eastern press, a very deep Michigan team interchanged three lines and regularly rotated five Canucks (four of whom came from western Canada, which is known for producing rugged and uncompromising players to this very day) on defense. Forced to keep its better players out on the ice for longer stretches of time, outmatched St. Lawrence were quickly worn down by the superior speed and strength of constantly fresh Wolverines skaters.

Michigan continued to stretch its legs and flex its muscles in the opening twenty minutes of the 1952 NCAA Final against hometown Colorado College, as well. Sophomore right wing GEORGE CHIN, yet another Wolverines skater recruited from the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario, scored from close range to net his second goal in as many games at the Broadmoor Ice Palace and send Michigan to the lead only eleven and half minutes into the championship match with the Tigers. The Wolverines captain Keyes doubled Michigan’s advantage on the power play roughly five minutes later after redirecting the point shot of countryman JIM HAAS, the sophomore rearguard from Nipawin, Saskatchewan, who would be selected as a Second Team All-America for the 1951/52 season.

The backbreaking goal arrived with Colorado College on the power play and less than a minute to play before the first intermission as Michigan sophomore DOUG PHILPOTT, the homegrown right wing from Port Huron, picked up a loose puck in center ice and skated into the Tigers zone before rifling a 35-foot shot into the upper corner of the net to provide the Wolverines an unassailable 3-0 lead.

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In the first season he was permitted to play at the varsity level (freshmen were not eligible in those days), sophomore goaltender WILLARD IKOLA started all 26 games and registered a very solid 2.69 goals-against-average in between the pipes for the powerful 1951/52 Michigan Wolverines … this particular photo above was a promotional handout that came with the Minneapolis Tribune newspaper that was distributed on January 12, 1954.
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Understrength Colorado College managed to cut into the deficit when senior forward CAMERON BERRY shot a puck past Michigan’s standout sophomore goaltender exactly five minutes into the second period. But the steady Ikola, who went on to finish with 30 saves, was not to concede another goal to the Tigers in Colorado Springs. And whatever momentum that Colorado College may have been gathering was soon to be stifled with the halfway point of the 1952 NCAA Final nearing.

Michigan defenseman GRAHAM CRAGG had netted just once in twenty-four games for the Wolverines during the 1950/51 regular season. But, with the senior’s father having made the long journey from Edmonton, Alberta, all the way down to the Broadmoor Ice Palace to watch his son play collegiate ice hockey in the United States for the very first time ever, Cragg went out and notched a goal for the Wolverines opposite St. Lawrence in the semifinals. In the championship contest against Colorado College, the three-year varsity letterman scored on a long shot that was partially screened and restored Michigan’s three-goal advantage at the 10:12 mark of the second period.

The Wolverines would have most certainly opened the floodgates, as they at the semifinal stage, were it not for the fine work of beleaguered Colorado College backstop KEN KINSLEY. The lethal Michigan attack never let up and launched fifteen attempts on target in the third period, alone, on the way towards firing 50 shots at the Tigers netminder for the entire game. In the wake of his 46 saves against the repeat champion Wolverines, it was Kinsley who was named as the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player as well as the goaltender on the NCAA All-Tournament team (along with Tigers defenseman LEN MACCINI).

Michigan, for its part, had four players (three of whom were sophomores) selected for All-Tournament honors in 1952 — the defenseman Haas as well as the three forwards Chen, McKennell and Philpott.

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Michigan’s Canadian legionnaire BOB HEATHCOTT skated as a forward for the Wolverines in his sophomore season but was shifted back to the blue line to begin his junior term and ended up being honored as an All-America at the conclusion of the 1950/51 campaign. The native of Calgary was also chosen to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 1951, as well. Altogether, the productive Heathcott totaled 40 goals and 104 points while earning three varsity letters in ice hockey at Michigan University … Michigan’s homegrown Port Huron product DOUG PHILPOTT (12) registered an impressive seven goals to go along with nine helpers in six career NCAA tournament games from 1952 thru 1954 and still to this day ranks second with 16 points on the official all-time scoring chart of the Frozen Four.
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1952 NCAA Tournament Final
Broadmoor Ice Arena – Colorado Springs, Colorado
MICHIGAN 4 – COLORADO COLLEGE 1

11:35 … MICH – Chin (Philpott)
16:29 … MICH – Keyes (Haas, Shave) – ppg
19:07 … MICH – Philpott (unassisted) – shg
25:00 … CC – Berry (Kennific)
30:12 … MICH – Cragg (MacLellan)

shots-on-goal : Michigan 50 – Colorado College 32

MICHIGAN : Ikola – Heathcott, MacLellan ; Haas, Shave ; Cragg – May, Keyes, McKennell ; Cooney, Philpott, Chin ; Pelow, Mullen, Martinson

Notes — Michigan right wing JOHN MCKENNELL, the senior from Toronto who scored twice against St. Lawrence in the semifinals and was named to the 1952 NCAA All-Tournament team, had also scored two goals when the Wolverines thrashed Brown University 7-1 in the 1951 NCAA Final … Michigan defenseman ALEX MACLELLAN, the junior from Montreal, Quebec, who earned an assist on the Wolverines’ last goal against Colorado College, had two assists in the lopsided win over Brown University a year earlier and would go on to add an assist on Michigan’s first goal in the Wolverines’ 7-3 triumph over Minnesota in the 1953 NCAA Final a year later.

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CANADIAN PRODUCTS OF WOLVERINES’ WINDSOR PIPELINE — Right wing GEORGE CHEN, along with linemate Doug Philpott, finished as joint top scorer of the 1952 NCAA tournament with four points (two goals) as a sophomore and would also share top spot (again with Philpott) after registering six points (two goals) at the 1953 NCAA tournament the very next season; the short but stocky Chen tallied 55 goals and 122 points altogether in his three-year varsity career for the Wolverines … Center EARL KEYES joined the Michigan varsity squad right in the middle of the 1949/50 campaign but could not be kept out of the line-up after scoring a hat trick against Michigan Tech in his very first game as a sophomore. The would-be captain totaled 76 points for the Wolverines over the course of the next two seasons, both of which ended with Michigan celebrating the NCAA national championship title. Before graduating in the middle of the 1952/53 season, Keyes also contributed 17 more points to what would become yet another NCAA champion squad at the University of Michigan.

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Notre Dame Claims Final CCHA Crown


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Notre Dame center T.J. TYNAN (10), the junior out of Orland Park, Illinois, who was the third round choice (# 66 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, looks to shield the puck from tenacious Michigan defenseman MAX BENNETT (23), the junior from Narragansett, Rhode Island, who was the third round selection (# 79 overall) of the Montreal Canadiens at the 2009 NHL Draft, during the departing Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s post-season tournament final contested at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
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Three unanswered goals in the second half of the contest left absolutely no doubt as to which side had been in command throughout as # 9 NOTRE DAME rallied past streaking MICHIGAN 3-1 in the 42nd and last-ever edition of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s post-season tournament final.

The Wolverines had entered this historical meeting with the Fighting Irish at the Joe Louis Arena having already knocked out Western Michigan, the defending CCHA playoff titlist from last season, as well as Miami University, the CCHA tournament champion in 2011 who just barely edged Notre Dame for the final CCHA regular season crown during this 2012/13 campaign. Nine victories on the trot had evened resurgent Michigan’s record for this term at 18 wins against 18 losses with three ties but victory over the Fighting Irish in Detroit was necessary if the Wolverines’ current record of 22 consecutive appearances at the annual NCAA tournament was to be extended. To put things in proper perspective, only eight of the 20 Notre Dame players in uniform for the 2013 CCHA playoff tournament final were even alive the last time that head coach RED BERENSON’s club failed to qualify for the NCAA’s post-season party on ice in 1990.

But, Notre Dame had already beaten Michigan in all four CCHA regular season contests earlier this term and were keen to wni the conference playoff title for only the third time in school history. And so it came as no great surprise that the Fighting Irish took the game straight to the Wolverines, as might be indicated by the shots-on-goal statistics (18-6) for the opening frame. Michigan were fortified by a strong effort between the pipes from STEVE RACINE, the 21-year-old freshman from Williamsville, New York, who had started all nine games for the Wolverines in conjunction with its current winning streak.

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Notre Dame goaltender STEVEN SUMMERHAYS (1), the junior shot-stopper from Anchorage, Alaska, makes a nifty save with his arm and hip to rob Michigan left wing JUSTIN SELMAN (10), the 19-year-old freshman from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, who totaled four goals and ten points in 30 games for the Wolverines this season, during the CCHA Final watched by the crowd of 9,576 spectators at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
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The Wolverines, who were aiming for the 10th CCHA tournament title in school history at the expense of the favored Fighting Irish, also managed to score the game’s first goal while skating a man short late in the first period, as well; Michigan right wing KEVIN LYNCH, the homegrown senior from Grosse Pointe who had three assists in the Wolverines’ 6-2 win over Miami University in the CCHA semifinals, started a rush which ended with junior DEREK DEBLOIS, the undrafted right wing from Narragansett, Rhode Island, swiping home a centering pass from highly-touted freshman defenseman JASON TROUBA with exactly one minute to play before the first intermission.

Notre Dame had also surrendered the first goal in their CCHA semifinal contest with underdog Ohio State, however, and were prepared to continue with their patient, disciplined style of hockey. Indeed, the Wolverines would generate even fewer shots on target (four) in the second period than it already had in the opening twenty minutes at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Fighting Irish, meanwhile, hauled themselves level just a little past the halfway point of this 42nd CCHA Final after a point shot from defenseman STEPHEN JOHNS, the junior from Wampum, Pennsylvania, who was the second round pick (# 60 overall) of the Chicago Black Hawks at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, missed the net completely.

Left wing JEFF COSTELLO controlled the rebound of the end boards and immediately sent the puck in front for Notre Dame captain ANDERS LEE and the junior from Edina, Minnesota, who was the sixth round selection (# 152 overall) of the New York Islanders at the 2009 NHL Draft had no trouble finding the back of the net for his team-leading 20th goal of the season at the 10:34 mark of the second session.

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Michigan defenseman JON MERRILL (24), the homegrown junior from Brighton who was the second round choice (# 38 overall) of the New Jersey Devils at the 2010 NHL Draft, leans on Notre Dame rookie center STEVEN FOGARTY (26), the freshman from Edina, Minnesota, who was tabbed by the New York Rangers in the third round (# 72 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, during the noteworthy CCHA Final at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
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For the game-winning goal in the last-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff tournament final, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame would be forced to wait until the puck dropped to start the third period — but not much longer thereafter.

Less than half a minute had elapsed when center T.J. TYNAN rushed the puck into the Michigan zone and dished off to youthful winger MARIO LUCIA, the talented freshman from Plymouth, Minnesota, who was taken in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild, on the right. The Wolverines defense swarmed the Notre Dame rookie with great haste but right wing AUSTIN WUTHRICH, the sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, who was the fourth round choice (# 107 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2012 NHL Draft last summer, was on hand to fire the loose puck past the Michigan netminder Racine. From there on out, Notre Dame sought to protect what had already been gained and, accordingly, relied heavily on its goaltender, the undrafted junior STEVEN SUMMERHAYS, the rest of the way.

Costello, the third leading scorer for Notre Dame this season with 30 points despite having only played in 32 games, caught Michigan in the midst of pulling its goaltender and shot the puck into an unguarded net from long distance to clinch a memorable victory on behalf of the Fighting Irish. The 3-1 triumph over the Wolverines marked a third CCHA tournament title in Notre Dame school history and also made certain that the Fighting Irish will be making its xth all-time appearance at the annual NCAA tournament this spring. As for Notre Dame head coach JEFF JACKSON, who used to be in charge at Lake Superior State before taking over in South Bend, this particular 2013 Mason Cup success marks the seventh occasion that the 57-year-old skipper has steered his school to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association post-season tournament championship.

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Highly-regarded Michigan defenseman JACOB TROUBA (8), the homegrown freshman from Rochester who was the first round pick (# 9 overall) of the Winnipeg Jets at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft last summer as well as the third highest scorer for the Wolverines this season with 29 points (12 goals), hopes to steal the puck from Notre Dame left wing JEFF COSTELLO (11), the junior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who was the fifth round choice (# 146 overall) of the Ottawa Senators at the 2009 NHL Draft, during the very last Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff tournament final at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
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CCHA Final
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan
NOTRE DAME 3 – MICHIGAN 1

19:00 … MICH – DeBlois 11 (Trouba, K. Lynch) – shg
30:34 … ND – Lee 20 (Costello, Johns)
40:29 … ND – Wuthrich 5 (Lucia, Tynan)
58:53 … ND – Costello 11 (unassisted)

NOTRE DAME : Summerhays – Lind, Johns ; Johnson, Russo ; Taker, Calabrese – Costello, Lee, Rust ; Lucia, Tynan, Wuthrich ; Larson, Gerths, Nugent ; Di Pauli, Fogarty, Schneider

MICHIGAN : Racine – Bennett, Trouba ; Moffie, Merrill ; Szuma, Serville – Di Giuseppe, Nieves, K. Lynch ; Guptill, Copp, DeBlois ; Sinelli, Treais, Moffatt ; Selman, T. Lynch, Hyman

Notes — for this last-ever CCHA playoff tournament final, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame featured no less than 12 players who have been drafted by National Hockey League clubs while the opposing Michigan Wolverines deployed another 11 skaters who have already been reserved by the NHL professionals.

The CCHA all-tournament team chosen by officials featured Steve Racine of Michigan in goal, a defense pairing of Stephen Johns of Notre Dame and Jacob Trouba of Michigan as well as the forward line of Notre Dame’s T.J. Tynan and Austin Wuthrich along with Andrew Copp of Michigan.

Fighting Irish center T. J. Tynan was selected as the 2013 CCHA tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

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Michigan Knocks Out # 3 Miami (Ohio) At Joe Louis Arena


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After failing on three power plays in the opening period and in desperate need of victory in order to keep its record of 22 consecutive appearances at the annual NCAA tournament in tact, the 2013 Big Ten champion netted a shorthanded goal three and a half minutes into the second period and then broke the game open with another three strikes all within a span of only 2:11 later on in the middle frame as streaking MICHIGAN stormed past # 3 ranked MIAMI (OHIO) 6-2 in the semifinal round of the last-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association post-season playoffs.

The lopsided triumph over the RedHawks provided the Wolverines with a ninth consecutive victory on the trot, but veteran head coach RED BERENSON’s club must still win the CCHA tournament final for the 10th time in school history if nine-time NCAA titlist Michigan expects to have yet another shot at the national championship this spring.

Miami University will be disappointed to not add to its lone CCHA tournament title won in 2011 but the RedHawks, whose record this term after the defeat by Michigan dropped to 24 wins against 11 losses with five ties, but are still an outstanding bet to earn an at large berth to this year’s Sweet Sixteen On Ice affair. Ever-improving Miami University have already qualified for the NCAA tournament ten times in school history and have enjoyed unprecedented success in recent seasons. Indeed, the RedHawks are on a current run of having participated in the annual NCAA tournament every year since 2006.

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Michigan center ANDREW COPP (18), the undrafted 18-year-old homegrown freshman from Ann Arbor, checks Miami University’s unfortuntate defenseman CHRIS JOYAUX, the 20-year-old freshman by way of Bloomingdale, Illinois, into the boards with gusto during the surprising CCHA semifinal at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
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With both the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s last-ever Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year spearheading the attack, it was Miami University who were the more likely candidates for a big offensive display in Detroit. But the Michigan defense, featuring no fewer than five National Hockey League draft picks on the blue line, did a decent job all game bottling up sophomore AUSTIN CZARNIK (40 ga, 14 go, 38 pts) and freshman RILEY BARBER (38 ga, 15 go, 38 pts), the RedHawks’ joint leading scorers. The Wolverines’ offense would waste three power play opportunities in an evenly-contested opening period before grabbing the lead skating a man short at the start of the second session.

Michigan center KEVIN LYNCH, the homegrown senior from Grosse Pointe who was the second round choice (# 56 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2009 NHL Draft, sparked a two-on-one rush and provided a lovely cross-ice pass for ANDREW COPP, the 18-year-old homegrown freshman from Ann Arbor, to notch a 10th goal of his college career at the 3:26 mark of the second period. Miami University made every effort to level matters and would actually go on to outshoot the Wolverines by the healthy margin of 15-10 in the decisive second period. However, it was Michigan who broke this CCHA semifinal wide open by scoring three quick goals halfway through the contest.

Copp stepped forth to net his second goal after a nifty pass from fellow freshman JACOB TROUBA, the homegrown freshman defenseman from Rochester who was the 1st round pick (# 9 overall) of the Winnipeg Jets at the 2012 NHL Draft last summer, nearly nine and a half minutes in the second period and was followed in short order by right wing LUKE MOFFATT, the junior from Paradise Valley, Arizona, who was the seventh round selection (# 197 overall) of the Colorado Avalanche at the 2010 NHL Draft, and Michigan senior captain A.J. TREAIS.

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Michigan captain A.J. TREAIS (23), the homegrown senior from Bloomfield Hills who is the second leading scorer on the Wolverines with 31 points this season, is congratulated after scoring the goal which will chase Miami University’s starting netminder RYAN MCKAY (35), the undrafted 20-year-old freshman from Palatine, Illinois, who still has outstanding numbers (21 ga, 1.37 avg, .948 save pct) this season despite the heavy beating from the Wolverines, from the runaway CCHA semifinal contest at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
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Czarnik, the undersized sophomore from Washington, Michigan, was involved when Miami University pulled a goal back before the second intermission arrived when third line center SEAN KURALY, the homegrown freshman from Dublin who was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (# 133 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, stabbed home from close range to score his sixth goal of this 2012/13 season.

But Michigan immediately squashed whatever momentum the RedHawks may have been building by finally capitalizing on a man advantage situation only 55 seconds into the third period. Canadian legionnaire ALEX GUPTILL, the sophomore from Newmarket, Ontario, who leads Michigan in goals (16), assists (20) as well as points (36) this season, made a slick play to control the puck with his skate before firing home the first of his two goals against Miami University substitute netminder JAY WILLIAMS, the 19-year-old freshman from McLean, Virginia, who has also had a solid rookie campaign (21 ga, 1.94 avg, .924 svpct) this term. The luckless RedHawks, who also outshot Michigan (12-9) in the final frame at the Joe Louis Arena, were able to light the lamp one more time when Canadian legionnaire CURTIS MCKENZIE, the third leading scorer for Miami University (37 ga, 10 go, 23 pts) this season, scored on the power play five minutes later.

A second goal from Guptill, whom the Dallas Stars took in the third round (# 77 overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft, with less than eight minutes put an exclamation mark at the end of Michigan’s statement and sent the Wolverines into the Final of the CCHA post-season playoff tournament (recently known as the Mason Cup) for the 17th time in school history.

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Miami University’s Canadian legionnaire CURTIS MCKENZIE (16), the senior left wing from Golden, British Columbia, who was tabbed in the sixth round (# 159 overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Draft by the Dallas Stars, eyes the loose puck as Michigan goaltender STEVE RACINE (1), the 21-year-old freshman from Williamsville, New York who was never drafted by a National Hockey League club, stretches to smother the puck while Wolverines defenseman LEE MOFFIE (13), the experienced senior from Wallingford, Connecticut, who was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (# 188 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, looks to help out during the lopsided CCHA semifinal at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
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CCHA semifinal
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan
MICHGIAN 6 – MIAMI (OHIO) 2

23:26 … MICH – Copp 10 (K. Lynch) – shg
29:22 … MICH – Copp 11 (Trouba, Merrill)
30:50 … MICH – Moffatt 8 (Treais, Moffie)
31:33 … MICH – Treais 12 (Guptill, DeBlois)
37:14 … MIA – Kuraly 6 (Czarnik)
40:55 … MICH – Guptill 15 (K. Lynch, Merrill) – ppg
45:05 … MIA – McKenzie 10 (Czarnik, Ciato) – ppg
52:14 … MICH – Guptill 16 (K. Lynch, Serville)

MIAMI (OHIO) : McKay (Williams 31:34) – Spinell, Caito ; Hartman, Joyaux ; Kennedy, Richart – Wideman, Czarnik, Barber ; McKenzie, Kuraly, Hagel ; Cook, Coleman, Mullin ; Murphy, Morris, Gacek

MICHIGAN : Racine – Bennett, Trouba ; Moffie, Merrill ; Szuma, Serville – Guptll, Copp, DeBlois ; Di Giuseppe, Nieves, K. Lynch ; Sinelli, Treais, Moffatt ; Selman, T. Lynch, Hyman

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Michigan Sweeps # 10 Western Michigan Out Of CCHA Playoffs


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Western Michigan Broncos senior forward BEN WARDA (27) is shadowed by Michigan Wolverines defenseman MAC BENNETT (37), the junior originally from Narragansett, Rhode Island, who was selected in the third round (# 79 overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, during the CCHA quarterfinal playoff contest at the Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo.
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2013 Big Ten champion MICHIGAN invaded the city of Kalamazoo and continued its improbable march towards a 23rd consecutive appearance in the annual NCAA tournament by sweeping # 10 WESTERN MICHIGAN, who have made it to the Sweet Sixteen On Ice the past two seasons in a row, out of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs at the quarterfinal stage.

The Wolverines, who, of course, have made the most appearances (35) and have also won the most national championships (9) in the history of the prestigious NCAA tournament, finished the 2012/13 regular season with a record of thirteen wins against eighteen losses with three ties and will only qualify for the NCAA tournament if Michigan win the CCHA post-season playoffs.

Michigan, it must be said, have now won eight games on the trot starting with the sweep of Ohio State which clinched the coveted Big Ten title and including the CCHA playoff opener against Northern Michigan a week ago; the streaking Wolverines have not bowed since being swept by Notre Dame in the middle of February.

Western Michigan, meanwhile, saw their NCAA tournament chances take a major blow and must now wait and see how much its overall record of nineteen wins against eleven losses with eight ties impresses the all-important NCAA selection committee later this month.

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A less-than-overwhelming crowd of just 2,371 spectators turned up at the HARRY W. LAWSON ICE ARENA, which has an official capacity for 3,667 hockey fans, to see the mighty intra-state rival Michigan Wolverines battle the traditional underdog Western Michigan Broncos, who have qualified for the presitigous NCAA tournament on only five occasions in school history.
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Shoddy goaltending from Western Michigan’s Canadian legionnaire FRANK SLUBOWSKI, the undrafted sophomore from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, as well as a pair of goals from Michigan star defenseman JACOB TROUBA, the homegrown freshman from Rochester who was the first round pick (# 9 overall) of the Winnipeg Jets at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft last summer, proved to be decisive as the Wolverines edged the Broncos 4-3 in the Friday night opener.

Michigan stormed to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by sophomore Canadian legionnaire PHIL DI GIUSEPPE, the second round choice (# 38 overall) of the Carolina Hurricanes at the NHL Draft last summer, and JUSTIN SELMAN, the freshman left wing from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, but Western Michigan would retaliate by finding the back of the net three times despite generating just a total of five shots in the entire second period. Center CHASE BAISLEY, the high-scoring junior out California who was the sixth round selection (# 170 overall) of the Nashville Predators at the 2011 NHL Draft, right wing COLTON HARGROVE, the big freshman from Texas who was the seventh round choice (# 235 overall) of the Boston Bruins at the 2011 NHL Draft, and Canadian legionnaire JOSH PITT, the undrafted freshman from Ontario, all raised their sticks for Western Michigan in the middle frame. Trouba’s second goal of the night a little more than nine minutes in the final period ultimately settled the issue to Michigan’s satisfaction.

The highly-touted Trouba leads all Michigan defensemen this season with 27 points (35 games) and has scored the second-most goals (12) among all Wolverines, as well.

The Broncos vowed revenge, but none would be forthcoming …

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Michigan center KEVIN LYNCH, the homegrown senior from Grosse Pointe who was the second round selection (# 56 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2009 NHL Draft, and Western Michigan defenseman GARRETT HAAR, the sophomore from California who was the seventh round choice (# 207 overall) of the Washington Capitals at the 2011 NHL Draft, traded goals in the first period on Saturday night in front of an improved crowd of 3,202 spectators at the Lawson Ice Arena.

But the Wolverines proceeded to tally four times unanswered in the second period and wrecked whatever hopes the Broncos may have been harboring with respect rallying in this CCHA quarterfinal playoff round. Canadian legionnaire ALEX GUPTILL, the talented sophomore left wing from Ontario who was tabbed in the third round (# 77 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars scored twice and continues to lead Michigan with both 14 goals and 33 points (35 games) this season. Left wing ANDREW SINELLI, the homegrown sophomore from Dexter, and DEREK DEBLOIS, the junior right wing from Narragansett, Rhode Island, also registered goals for head coach RED BERENSON’s club.

The utterly ineffective Slubowski (38 ga, 2.00 avg, .918 svpct) got the hook from Western Michigan head coach ANDY MURRAY after conceding a fourth goal roughly eleven minutes into the second period and LUKAS HAFNER, the freshman from Toledo, Ohio, held the fort for the Broncos the rest of the way.

Michigan’s in-form goaltender STEVE RACINE, the 21-year-old freshman from Williamsville, New York who had been a little shaky in the second period against Western Michigan on Friday night, turned in a clean sheet over the final forty minutes to tame the Broncos on Saturday evening and improved his personal record in between the pipes this season to eleven wins against five losses with three ties (22 ga, 2.66 avg, .895 svpct).

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Wolverines Are 2013 Big Ten Champions


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Michigan senior captain A.J. TREAIS (23), the diminutive homegrown center from Bloomfield Hills who entered the all-important series with the traditional arch-rival Buckeyes as the Wolverines’ leading goal-scorer with 11 markers on this 2012/13 NCAA campaign, cuts the puck back against Ohio State’s freshman defenseman SAM JARDINE (21), the 19-year-old Canadian legionnaire from Alberta who was the sixth round choice (# 169 overall) of the Chicago Black Hawks at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft two summer ago, during the decisive Big Ten border clash at the Value Center Arena in Columbus this weekend.
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Three unanswered goals and lock-down defensive play in the last period snapped the deadlock as rebuilding MICHIGAN pulled away from traditional arch-rival OHIO STATE 6-3 and completed its march to the 2012/13 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE on the road in Columbus.

Canadian legionnaire ALEX GUPTILL, the sophomore left wing from Ontario who scored two goals in the Wolverines’ 5-3 win on Friday night, netted his third goal of the weekend series and provided Michigan with the lead it would not relinquish roughly five and half minutes into the final frame; Guptill, who was the third round selection (# 77 overall) of the Dallas Stars at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, is now the the Wolverines’ joint top scorer with 11 goals this season.

Michigan’s sophomore Canadian legionnaire PHIL DI GUSEPPE, the second round choice (# 38 overall) of the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2012 NHL Draft last summer, capped off the win for the Wolverines by scoring his second goal of the game at the 15:16 mark of the third period. Homegrown sophomore left wing ANDREW SINELLI, the 20-year-old from Dexter who has appeared in less than half of the Wolverines’s games this season, had given Michigan a two-goal lead roughly four and half minutes earlier by notching just his second goal of the season. After generating 24 shots-on-goal in the first two periods of play, the Ohio State attack was completely stifled by the Wolverines and mustered just four attempts on target the rest of the way.

Ohio State’s Canadian legionnaire TANNER FRITZ, the sophomore center from Alberta who had a goal against Michigan on Friday night, struck twice in the first period for the Buckeyes against the Wolverines on Saturday, as well. Sophomore left wing MAX MCCORMICK, the sixth round pick of the Ottawa Senators at the 2011 NHL Draft, scored his second goal of the weekend series to draw Ohio State level at 3-3 early into the second period. But the Buckeyes, ultimately, ran out of gas and saw their overall record for this 2012/13 NCAA season drop below the .500 mark to 13 wins and 14 losses with seven ties.

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Michigan’s Canadian legionnaire BRENNAN SERVILLE (6), the sophomore defenseman from Ontario who was the third round selection (# 78 overall) of the Winnipeg Jets at the 2011 NHL Draft, keeps careful track of Ohio State’s Canadian legionnaire RILEY SIMPSON (20), the 19-year-old sophomore left wing who comes by way of Alberta, during the Big Ten border battle at the Value Center Arena in Columbus.
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Michigan, who upped its slate this season to 12 wins and 18 losses with two ties, also got first period goals from center ANDREW COPP, the 18-year-old homegrown freshman from Ann Arbor, and JUSTIN SELMAN, the 19-year-old freshman left wing from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey; Michigan goaltender STEVE RACINE, the 21-year-old freshman from Williamsville, New York, posted his second straight win over the Buckeyes and improved his record in net for the Wolverines this term to six wins against five losses with two draws (3.09 avg, 83.3% save percentage).

A Big Ten title is just what the doctor ordered for the Wolverines’ squad coached by National Hockey League Hall of Famer RED BERENSON this season because Michigan, unless it receives an unlikely at-large bid from the selection committee, will have its record-setting streak of 22 consecutive appearances at the annual NCAA tournament abruptly stopped this term.

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MICHIGAN ………… 6-1-0 … 31-17 f/a … 85.7% win … 14.3% loss
Minnesota ………… 4-1-1 … 22-10 f/a … 66.7% win … 16.7% loss
PENN STATE …….. 2-1-0 … 11-11 f/a … 66.7% win … 33.3% loss
Ohio State ………… 2-3-0 … 14-17 f/a … 40.0% win … 60.0% loss
Wisconsin …………. 1-2-1 ….. 8-10 f/a … 25.0% win … 50.0% loss
Michigan State ……. 2-7-0 … 20-34 f/a … 22.2% win … 77.8% loss

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Michigan Takes Major Step Towards Big Ten Title


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The visiting Wolverines notched the only two goals in the first forty minutes of play before outscoring the host Buckeyes in a wild third period as MICHIGAN defeated traditional arch-rival OHIO STATE 5-3 and took a monster step towards claiming the all-important 2012/13 Big Ten ice hockey championship Friday night at the Value Center Arena in Columbus.

With a crowd of 6,772 spectators at the rink on campus, the home side certainly did give in the old college try in the last twenty mintues. After the Buckeyes had removed their netminder in favor of an extra attacker with time running out, sophomore captain RYAN DZINGEL, the seventh round selection (# 204 overall) of the Ottawa Senators at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, scored his 14th goal of the season with only 1:15 remaining in the contest to draw Ohio State within one for the third time in the final period. Only twenty seconds later, however, Michigan killed off any hope when junior DEREK DEBLOIS, the 21-year-old right wing out of Rhode Island, deposited a puck into the Buckeyes’ unguarded net.

Canadian legionnaire ALEX GUPTILL, the sophomore left wing from Ontario who was the third round pick (# 77 overall) of the Dallas Stars at the 2010 NHL Draft, scored two goals for the University of Michigan, whose streak of 22 consecutive appearances at the annual NCAA tournament is in serious jeaopardy this term. Talented freshman JACOB TROUBA, the homegrown defenseman from Rochester who was the first round choice (# 9 overall) of the Winnipeg Jets at the NHL Draft last summer, and right wing LUKE MOFFATT, the 20-year-old junior from Arizona who was taken in the seventh round (# 197 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, also lit the lamp for the Wolverines. Michigan, who are, indeed, the most decorated school ever having won nine NCAA national championships, improved their mark this season to eleven wins and eighteen losses with two ties.

Sophomore left wing MAX MCCORMICK, the 20-year-old from Wisconsin whom the Ottawa Senators was tabbed in the sixth round (# 171 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, and Canadian legionnaire TANNER FRITZ, the sophomore center from Alberta, each had a goal for disappointed Ohio State, whose overall record on this 2012/13 campaign falls to an even thirteen wins and thirteen losses with seven ties.

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Michigan ………….. 5-1-0 … 25-14 f/a ….. 83.3% win pct … 17.3% loss pct
Minnesota ………… 4-1-1 … 22-10 f/a ….. 66.7% win pct … 16.7% loss pct
PENN STATE …….. 2-1-0 … 11-11 f/a ….. 66.7% win pct … 33.3% loss pct
Ohio State ………… 2-2-0 … 11-11 f/a ….. 50.0% win pct … 50.0% loss pct
Wisconsin …………. 1-2-1 ….. 8-10 f/a ….. 25.0% win pct … 50.0% loss pct
Michigan State ……. 2-7-0 … 20-34 f/a ….. 22.2% win pct … 77.8% loss pct

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