By Matt Mackinder/Michigan Beat Writer
Michigan made the northwest trip to the College Hockey Showcase last weekend in Minnesota and Wisconsin and came away with an upset win over the Gophers and a shutout loss to Wisconsin.
Friday night in Minneapolis, Carl Hagelin and David Wohlberg each scored twice as No. 15-ranked Michigan netted the first four goals of the game and cruised to a 6-3 win over No. 1 Minnesota.
"We don't want to overreact to it, but it's a good solid win over a really good, solid team," Michigan head coach Red Berenson said. "Now whether it was a fluke we'll find out in future games. We've seen these games at Thanksgiving. We've had our team where we couldn't get out of our own way and we've had games like tonight where we don't do anything wrong."
Brandon Naurato and Louie Caporusso also scored for the Wolverines (9-7-0, 5-5-0-0 CCHA) and Bryan Hogan made 23 saves for the win in net.
Billy Sauer got the start in goal against Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., but received no offensive support as the Wolverines fell, 3-0.
Sauer finished with 27 stops.
"Billy gave us every chance," Berenson said. "In the second period, our backs were against the wall with penalties and we're trying to play disciplined hockey and not take penalties, but it didn't work out. I can't tell you they were undisciplined, but we just took too many penalties. Billy played terrific. He gave our team every chance and we came up short for him."
The Wolverines play a home-and-home series this weekend with Michigan State starting Friday night in Ann Arbor.