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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Michigan Hockey

Billy the Man

Angela Cesere

BY NATE SANDALS

It's 5 p.m. and practice is winding down for Michigan. The coaches have left the ice and the real fun is about to begin.
A crowd gathers around the goal closest to the Wolverine locker room. T.J. Hensick, Andrew Cogliano, Chad Kolarik - the team's top goal scorers - and others form a semi-circle around the net. At the center of this offensive juggernaut, confined to his blue crease, is Billy Sauer.

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The blue line's back

Morgan Morel

BY AMBER COLVIN

Talented corps works to bring glory back to Michigan

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Before Johnson and Hunwick, there was Blum and Manning

Morgan Morel

BY JAMES V. DOWD

College hockey fans looked on with awe last season as Matt Hunwick and Jack Johnson notched 30 and 32 points, respectively. To have one defenseman who can contribute so much to an offense is rare, and to have two is unheard of. Or is it?
During the dog days of Michigan hockey, the 1979-80 Wolverines found themselves mired in fourth place at the end of the WCHA season despite being led by one of the most prolific scoring lines in NCAA history. The Farrell Fivesome - named for then-Michigan coach Dan Farrell - combined for a staggering 338 points.

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Daily Hockey Beat Season Preview Picks

Morgan Morel

The Daily hockey writers make predictions on the fate of Michigan and the rest of the college hockey world.
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Hensick plays hero in victory

Angela Cesere

BY JAMES V. DOWD

Brad Phillips played a game for the ages. Having traveled three miles across Ann Arbor with the United States National Team Development Program to face the No. 6 Michigan hockey team in an exhibition game, the 17-year-old Farmington Hills native stood on his head, made 36 saves, and was just seconds away from leaving Yost Ice Arena with a 2-2 tie last night - no small feat against the bigger, faster and older Wolverines.

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Longtime coach to help Sauer

Angela Cesere

BY NATE SANDALS

Billy Sauer's job as Michigan's starting goalie just got a bit more secure.
The sophomore was guaranteed the top spot by Michigan coach Red Berenson before the season, and now he will have his personal goalie coach as a member of the Michigan coaching staff, too.
Yona Fioravanti was hired as Michigan's volunteer goalie coach last week and will begin instructing the Wolverines' three goalies today.
"The coaches talked to me about (a new goalie coach)," Sauer said. "I recommended him, and they brought him and they really liked him."

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Blue's freshmen class has first chance to shine

BY JAMES V. DOWD

It has become a Michigan tradition of sorts - initiating highly touted freshman classes into the world of college hockey against neighbors from the north.
For the ninth straight year, the Wolverines open their exhibition season against a Canadian opponent. They will face off against the Waterloo (Ontario) Warriors at Yost Ice Arena tonight.
It will be Michigan's first opportunity to observe its five freshmen, a group that won't have to make as big of a splash as the 11-member group last season.

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NHL to honor Berenson

Morgan Morel

BY NATE SANDALS

Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson has been away from the NHL since 1984. But on Nov. 6, the league will honor him when it presents the hockey legend with the Lester Patrick Award for his outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
Berenson, a former Michigan hockey player, said he was pleased to represent collegiate hockey in a primarily professional fraternity.
"I think it's a tribute to college hockey to recognize someone from college hockey," Berenson said. "I would guess that a lot of people included in that group were in the pro game. Right now, I'm in the amateur game."

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Canes trade Johnson to Kings

BY AMBER COLVIN

He was supposed to wear red and white someday. But thanks to his dedication to the Maize and Blue, sophomore Jack Johnson now has purple and black in his future.
The Carolina Hurricanes, who drafted Johnson with the third overall pick in the 2005 NHL entry draft, traded their top defensive prospect to the Los Angeles Kings Friday.

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White-hot duo ignites scoring

Angela Cesere

BY AMBER COLVIN

Three hundred sixty four days a year, they are teammates.
But on Saturday, they were opponents in the annual Blue/White intrasquad game at Yost Ice Arena.
And while Wolverines clashed against Wolverines, the biggest excitement of Saturday's exhibition bout was a bond between two players.
Junior Chad Kolarik and sophomore Andrew Cogliano teamed up for three goals in the White team's 6-3 victory over the Blue team, with two goals and two assists for Cogliano and one goal and two assists for Kolarik.

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