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Monday, December 22, 2014

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Michigan Hockey

In the stands

It was nice of Jack Johnson Sr. to show some love for his son's coach's 600th win on Friday. During his usual second-intermission dance routine, the elder Johnson stripped off his coat to reveal an old-school Red Berenson jersey.
While they weren't treated to a win, Saturday night's crowd was the largest to fill Yost this season. The 6,893 fans didn't have much to cheer about as the high-octane Michigan offense ran out of gas. The previous high attendance at Yost this season came on Nov. 4, when 6,887 fans attended a game against Michigan State.

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Michigan hockey coach has shot at 600th win tonight

BY JAMES V. DOWD

If ever there was a time the No. 13 Michigan hockey team needed some tune-up games against CCHA bottom feeders, this week was it.
After going just 3-5 in an eight-game stretch in late November and December, the Wolverines were fortunate enough to find last-place Bowling Green on their schedule Tuesday night, and easily dispatched the Falcons, 5-0.
This weekend, Michigan gets another shot at a conference cellar dweller when it takes on Northern Michigan, which currently sits 10th in the CCHA.

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Line switch boosts offense

BY AMBER COLVIN

When senior David Rohlfs dinged a slapshot off the crossbar at the beginning of Michigan's 5-0 blanking of Bowling Green Tuesday night, the Wolverines accidentally let some premature celebrations slip out.
The puck didn't go in, but Rohlfs earned a real celebration later with a goal that got some cheers and some chuckles.

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Icers start new year right

Sarah Royce

BY IAN ROBINSON

It had been a rocky road for the Michigan hockey team.
The 14th-ranked Wolverines - who were once ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation - had lost four of their last six games.
But with the entire roster together for the first time since Dec. 2 and a game against conference cellar dweller Bowling Green in front of them, the Wolverines were in a position to start the season's second half off on the right foot.
And they did just that.
Michigan pummeled the Falcons, 5-0, at Yost Ice Arena last night.

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No goals? Not a problem for Sauer

BY NATE SANDALS

Chad Kolarik has already spoiled a potential Billy Sauer shutout.
So last night, when he committed a penalty with just under two minutes to play and Michigan leading 5-0, the junior forward had good reason to fear the worst.
"Against Quinnipiac (last year), he had a shutout going and a puck banked off me and went in," Kolarik recalled last night. "When I took the penalty, I thought for sure I was going to ruin it for him."
Fortunately for Kolarik and Sauer, Bowling Green failed to score in the final two minutes.

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'M' drops puck on new stretch

Angela Cesere

BY AMBER COLVIN

If it's possible to have a fresh start in the middle of a six-month long, 39-game season, the Michigan hockey team is getting one right now.
When fans last left the slumping 13th-ranked Wolverines in December, the team had a long list of injuries, struggled against CCHA bottom-feeder Western Michigan and got swept by then-No. 4 Notre Dame - all en route to its 10th straight Great Lakes Invitational without a championship trophy.
But now at the regular season's halfway mark, Michigan will attempt to build off a first half that had few highs and many lows.

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Cogliano's goal helps Canada grab gold

BY NATE SANDALS

Jack Johnson may have lit the lamp more than his Michigan teammate Andrew Cogliano at the IIHF World Junior Championships, but goals don't equal gold.
Cogliano scored just one goal in the tournament, but it was the first goal in Canada's 4-2 win over Russia in the gold-medal game.
Johnson scored three times and the Americans won bronze, but it all could've been different had a shootout gone the other way.

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Bailey bails for junior league

BY JAMES V. DOWD

As much time as Michigan's hockey coaches spend drawing up the Xs and Os, they spend even more laying the foundation for recruiting success.
One of the reasons for such a deep investment in the search for new players is a perpetual battle with Canadian junior leagues, namely the Ontario Hockey League, for the top talents in the Great Lakes Region and in Ontario.
Over winter break, the Wolverines found this competition continues even after a player comes to Michigan when former sophomore Jason Bailey left Ann Arbor to sign with the OHL's Ottawa 67s.

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IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship

Where: Leksand, Sweden
Who: Michigan ice hockey playe s Jack Johnson (USA) and Andrew Cogliano (Canada). The teammates faced off in the semifinal yesterday, with Canada winning in a seven-round shooutout, 2-1, to advance to the gold medal game. Johnson scored twice in the shootout, and Cogliano added one goal.
Medal Round - Friday, Jan. 5
USA vs. Sweden
Bronze Medal Game, 10 a.m.
Canada vs. Russia
Gold Medal Game, 1:30 p.m.

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A decade of GLI letdowns for 'M'

BY AMBER COLVIN

DETROIT - Red Berenson, the image of the great tradition that embodies Michigan athletics, fiddled with his 1998 National Championship ring as he answered questions after the Great Lakes Invitational championship game Saturday night.
But it seemed like a new kind of tradition was surfacing from the legendary coach's carefully planned answers - a losing one.

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