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Monday, October 11, 2010

Red gets No. 700 as Wolverines sweep

By Bob Miller / Michigan Beat Writer

Michigan head coach Red Berenson would probably have been just as happy to have the focus on his Wolverines' pair of road victories over Bowling Green this weekend.

History stepped in, though, and deemed that the overriding story was that the Michigan victory provided the Wolverine's esteemed mentor the 700th win in his Michigan coaching career.

Matt Rust, David Wohlberg, Kevin Lynch and Carl Hagelin all lit the lamp in the Michigan Friday night 4-1 win that earned Berenson the milestone victory.

Goaltender Shawn Hunwick stopped 17 of the 18 shots that the Falcons fired his way to backstop the win.

Berenson was typically low-key in his analysis of the win.

“We got the lead and we didn't give up much,” said the Michigan coach. “When you only give up one goal, you have a chance to win."

On Saturday night, Berenson's Wolverines gave up two goals, but again scored four of their own to complete the two-game weekend sweep of the Falcons.

Bryan Hogan tended the Wolverine net in the two-goaltender system Michigan is using at the outset of the '10-'11 season and nearly matched Hunwick's Friday performance with 16 saves on the night.

"I thought he battled hard,” said Berenson of the senior netminder. “Certainly with all the penalties that were called...I can't tell you how many minutes we killed tonight, but it had to be well over 15 minutes for the game. Hogan had to be one of our best penalty killers."

Louie Caporusso was the offensive star for Michigan with a shorthanded goal and two assists.

Freshman defenseman Jon Merrill chipped in his first career goal and Brandon Burlon and Wohlberg completed the Wolverine scoring.

The two victories gave Michigan an early leg up on the rest of the CCHA in the league standings, most of whom haven't entered the conference part of their schedule.

Michigan hosts the USNTDP Under-18 team Tuesday night in an exhibition scrap before heading east to challenge New Hampshire Saturday night in a battle of highly-ranked teams.

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