In a system named for legendary coach Red Berenson, the Daily hockey writers rate the Wolverines on their performance in each of four areas. (Rated out of 4 pucks)
College football is the sport normally associated with marching bands. At Minnesota, add ice hockey to the list. Before home games, the band marches around the concourse at Mariucci Arena.
The Gophers add another degree of difficulty to the responsibilities of cheerleaders. The cheerleaders in Minneapolis skate around the ice rink getting the fans pumped up in addition to the standard practice of walking up and down the aisles riling up the crowd.
The number of first-round NHL draft picks that played in Saturday night's game. Michigan and Minnesota each have four.
BY NATE SANDALS
Michigan State 1
In the final minute of the game, as Michigan played two men down, the noise from the near-capacity Yost Ice Arena crowd crescendoed to match the intensity of the closing moments.
With the help of its maize-clad fans, No. 7 Michigan held onto its 2-1 advantage to beat No. 6 Michigan State last night for its sixth consecutive win. It was the Wolverines second straight victory over their intrastate rival. Michigan had been winless in its previous nine matches with the Spartans.
BY JAMES V. DOWD
Apparently, getting a green-and-white monkey off its back was all No. 7 Michigan needed to get back on track.
The Wolverines have played five games since defeating rival Michigan State for the first time in 10 meetings (a 6-2 victory on Nov. 4).
Michigan has won all five contests.
With the streak, the Wolverines find themselves in second place in the CCHA heading into their toughest week of the season. Over the next five days, they will take on three top-tier opponents.
The gauntlet begins tonight when Michigan again hosts the Spartans at Yost Ice Arena.
BY NATE SANDALS
BIG RAPIDS - After weeks of struggling to convert on the power play and a 1-for-9 effort with the man advantage Friday night, Michigan took out its power-play frustration on Ferris State during Saturday night's 5-1 blowout.
The Wolverines tallied a power-play goal in each period en route to a 3-for-6 evening.
Michigan changed up its power-play lines before the weekend, and on Saturday the new units paid dividends.
BY AMBER COLVIN
BIG RAPIDS - The No. 8 Michigan hockey team's to-do list for the current stretch reads something like this: Ferris State, Ferris State, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 1 Minnesota.
After this weekend, the Wolverines can get out their pens, do a little crossing off and say "Bring on the Spartans."
Ferris State Friday night? A hard-fought 3-2 win. Check.
Ferris State Saturday night? An authoritative 5-1 rout. Check.
BY IAN ROBINSON
The poet Robert Frost wrote about the benefits of taking the road less traveled.
This year, the Michigan hockey team has barely traveled on any roads.
Through 10 games, the Wolverines have played at Yost Ice Arena nine times. Their lone away contest was the 7-4 loss in front end of a home-and-home weekend series against Michigan State.
"For the most part, (starting the season with 9-of-10 at home) might be a disadvantage because you get too comfortable," sophomore Andrew Cogliano said.
BY JAMES V. DOWD
As it prepares to say goodbye to seven seniors and faces the imminent threat of players leaving early for the professional ranks, the No. 8 Michigan hockey team announced its first five additions for the 2007-08 season yesterday at Yost Ice Arena.
In recent years, one or two players have headlined Michigan's recruiting classes, namely sophomores Jack Johnson and Andrew Cogliano last season and freshman Chris Summers this year. But with the new class, the Michigan coaches expect immediate contributions across the board.