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Monday, November 30, 2009

Michigan tops Minnesota, Wisconsin

By Matt Mackinder/Michigan Beat Writer

While Michigan State didn't fare all that well at the College Hockey Showcase last weekend, their counterparts in Ann Arbor were the total opposite as the Michigan Wolverines defeated both Minnesota and Wisconsin at Yost Ice Arena to sweep the Showcase for the sixth time in the 17-year history of the event.

The two wins also get the Wolverines back to .500 as they're now 7-7-0.

"I think it's a good turning point for our team, but by no means are we there yet," Michigan captain Chris Summers said. "There are still things to work on and things we can improve."

Friday night, Bryan Hogan (pictured) pitched a 24-save shutout in a 6-0 win over the Golden Gophers.

Carl Hagelin scored twice to go along with singles from Louie Caporusso, David Wohlberg, Brandon Burlon and Ben Winnett. Steve Kampfer tacked on two assists as well.

"We took the lead, we kept it, we built on it," Michigan head coach Red Berenson said. "We didn't give up anything. Our penalty killing and our power play surfaced as factors in the game. Overall it was good."

Then Saturday night, Matt Rust, Luke Glendening and Caporusso scored and Hogan made a career-best 39 saves in the 3-2 victory.

"Obviously, it's another step in the right direction," said Berenson. "You didn't want to come off the game last night and then really be on your heels and be embarrassed because we knew Wisconsin would be pretty good from everything we've heard. They were, and we were up to the task. It was good for our team and it gave us some confidence. Our defense is playing better, our goalie is playing better and our forwards are chipping in and doing what they can to help us as well."

The Wolverines (7-7-0, 3-5-0-0 CCHA) will go on the road this weekend, playing two games against Ohio State. Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., while the puck is slated to drop at 8:05 p.m. on Saturday.

Photo courtesy UM Photo Services

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