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Michigan Hockey

Patience needed for power play

Chris Herring

BY NATE SANDALS

Michigan coach Red Berenson wasn't expecting much from his power play in last weekend's exhibition games.
It's a good thing he didn't expect perfection, or even mediocrity.
Michigan went 1-for-7 on the power play Sunday against Western Ontario, garnering just five shots.
"We had a few good chances, but I think we were trying to be too fancy," senior captain Kevin Porter said following the game. "There were a couple times where there were guys in the slot and they could've shot, but we tried to make the backdoor play."

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New position alters hockey captain's role

Julie Rowe

BY MICHAEL EISENSTEIN

Senior Kevin Porter has been playing teacher the past few weeks.
He's scribbled on the dry erase boards, taught the drills and helped 12 freshmen get up to speed with the material in practices.
But that's all been expected. Porter was appointed captain of the Michigan hockey team by coach Red Berenson six months ago, and because of a new common-start-date rule, the Northville native assumed those responsibilities. Before Saturday, coaches weren't allowed on the ice for more than two hours a week.

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Blue offense excels against Sauer

Chris Herring

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.

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Fresh start for Frosh

Chris Herring

BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

For the young Michigan hockey team, it was a Swede start to the season.
The 10th-ranked Wolverines defeated Western Ontario 5-1 in an exhibition game highlighted by freshman and Sweden native Carl Hagelin's third-period hat trick. Hagelin's heroics came just a day after Michigan's top defensive lines bettered Wolverine goalie Billy Sauer and the top offensive lines 6-3 in the annual Blue-White scrimmage.

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Frosh take ice for first time

BY NATE SANDALS

When the Michigan hockey team hits the ice tomorrow night for the annual Blue and White scrimmage, Michigan coach Red Berenson and his staff will have barely seen more of the squad than you have.
College hockey instituted a common start date this year, meaning, up until tomorrow, the coaches have been allowed to spend just two hours a week on the ice with their team.
Michigan skates out 14 freshmen, that's a lot of teaching to do in just two hours a week. It's a lot of names to learn, too.

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Blue offense excels against Sauer

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.

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Michigan picked fourth by coaches and media

Jessica Boullion

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.

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'M'-Note: Porter staying for senior year

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.

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Pacioretty first of seven Wolverines picked

Jessica Boullion

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.

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Cogliano signs pro contract

BY NATE SANDALS

Ontario native forgoes final two years of eligibility

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