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Monday, December 14, 2009

Wolverines do splits with Notre Dame

By Matt Mackinder/Michigan Beat Writer

Michigan can’t seem to stay consistent, but did garner a split with Notre Dame over the weekend in a staggered Friday-Sunday home-and-home series.

Friday night in Ann Arbor, Brian Lebler, Carl Hagelin, Lee Moffie and Louie Caporusso scored in the 4-1 win over the Irish.

Lebler, Moffie and Caporusso each added an assist for multi-point games.

Bryan Hogan made 23 stops for the win between the pipes.

“It's good to win a conference game at home,” said Michigan head coach Red Berenson. “I would say that it was an ugly win. We got lucky on a couple of our goals and they were unlucky on a couple of their goal-scoring chances. Bryan Hogan had to play a strong game. I liked the way we started. It was good to have a lead. We took too many penalties."

Sunday afternoon in South Bend, Notre Dame needed just two goals in the second period to blank the Wolverines, 2-0.

Michigan (9-9-0, 5-7-0-0 CCHA) outshot the Irish, 38-20.

Hogan finished with 18 saves in the loss.

"I thought we got our best chances in the first period,” said Berenson. “Louie Caporusso's line got off to a good start. They got some good chances. We had isolated chances after that. They don't give you much. It's a one-goal game. You have to know you're going to play in a one-goal game and that's really what it was."

U-M returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 29, when it takes on RPI in a Great Lakes Invitational semifinal at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Michigan will play either Michigan State or Michigan Tech on Wednesday in the third-place game or championship game.

MiCHO will cover the GLI and have a live blog during all four games, as well as photos and exclusive game recaps.

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