BY MICHAEL EISENSTEIN
The glass-half-empty folks might be worried about goaltender Billy Sauer surrendering six goals (two within 40 seconds on a running clock) in the Michigan hockey team's Blue-White scrimmage Saturday in a near-empty Yost Ice Arena.
But for the glass-half-full crowd, an unexpected line showed a fluidity rarely seen so early in a season.
BY ANDY REID
DETROIT - The coaches and media agree. Michigan should finish fourth in the CCHA this season.
The preseason conference polls were released yesterday at CCHA Media Day. The Wolverines have been placed in the top two since its conception.
But the two sets of voters couldn't agree on a team to top the preseason list. Fresh off its 2006 National Championship run, Michigan State received second place in the coach's poll but the media voted them the Spartans No. 1. Miami (OH) was predicted to take the top spot by the coaches.
Exhale Michigan hockey fans. Kevin Porter isn't going anywhere.
The rising senior captain won't sign with the Phoenix Coyotes this summer according to the NHL club's official website.
After the early departures of Jack Johnson and Andrew Cogliano earlier this year, rumors circulated that Porter would be the next to jump to the NHL without fulfilling all four years of his eligibility.
BY NATE SANDALS
Throw out the rankings, the predictions and especially the expectations. When it gets down to it in the sports world, those things tend to have a bark bigger than their bite.
The Michigan hockey team hopes its showing at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft is the just the first of many times it exceeds expectations this season. A record-tying seven Wolverines were drafted in Columbus at the event held on June 22 and 23.
BY NATE SANDALS
Ontario native forgoes final two years of eligibility
BY STEPHANIE WRIGHT: WRIGHT ON TARGET
When it comes to losing, no sports city boasts more experience than Buffalo, N.Y.
The Bills squandering a potential playoff victory when the Tennessee Titans executed their Home-Run Throwup - er, Home-Run Throwback - in their 2000 Wild Card matchup.
The Sabres getting robbed when Brett Hull's disputed overtime goal was upheld in the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.
And of course, Scott Norwood's 47-yard field-goal attempt sailing wide right in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXV.
It's as heartbreaking of a track record as there is in sports.
BY NATE SANDALS
Huddled on the dais, the Michigan hockey team's departing seniors tore through a final rendition of "The Victors."
The speed with which they sang reflected how quickly their college careers had come and gone.
"By the time you leave, it's just about too late to realize what you've experienced," Michigan coach Red Berenson told the players.
BY AMBER COLVIN: A TOUCH OF DUTCH
They call it the Hobey Hat Trick.
I call it a load of crap.
Wednesday night, the Hobey Baker Foundation announced the three final candidates for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, and T.J. Hensick wasn't one of them.
I'm not upset because I've spent the last four years watching Hensick dazzle crowds with spectacular moves. The trophy is supposed to be a reward for an outstanding season, not an outstanding career.
BY IAN ROBINSON
When Jack Johnson steps onto the ice for the Los Angeles Kings tonight, he will follow in the footsteps of Michigan coach Red Berenson.
After the Wolverines won the 1962 NCAA Consolation game over St. Lawrence in Utica, N.Y., a representative from the Montreal Canadiens, the team that drafted Berenson, approached the then-senior about joining.
"I remember saying to him 'I'll only play if it's in the NHL; I'll never play in the AHL,' " Berenson said.
BY JAMES V. DOWD
Michigan coach Red Berenson had no qualms discussing his feelings on Saturday's 8-5 loss to North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Monday afternoon.
"It's crushing," Berenson said. "I can't tell you how the players feel; I'm sure some of them are more crushed than others. Especially the seniors - this was their best chance. And we played well."
The Michigan hockey team met Monday afternoon at Yost Ice Arena to dissect its second consecutive first-round loss.