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Cogliano signs pro contract

BY NATE SANDALS

Ontario native forgoes final two years of eligibility

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Stephanie Wright: Buffalo beyond losing hope

Sarah Royce

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.

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Porter named captain

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.

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Amber Colvin: Hobey snub is unfair to T.J.

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.

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Johnson follows Red's lead

Sarah Royce

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.

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Man-down errors doom 'M'

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.

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Soph signs with Kings

Scott Bell

BY SCOTT BELL AND JACK HERMAN

Michigan star defenseman Jack Johnson finalized a contract with the Los Angeles Kings yesterday afternoon and will likely make his NHL debut Thursday night.
Johnson's agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed the deal was made, but did not disclose the terms of the sophomore's contract.
"We just wanted to make sure he gets a fair deal in the marketplace," Brisson told The Michigan Daily yesterday. "The Kings treated him well. Sometimes it just takes time."
Jack Johnson, Sr. also confirmed the deal in a voicemail he left a reporter last night.

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Penalty kill not-so-deadly

Scott Bell

BY IAN ROBINSON

DENVER - In just one week, the Michigan penalty kill went from perfect to porous.
The unit went 6-for-6 against Notre Dame in the CCHA Championship last week.
But facing North Dakota in the West Regional Semifinals Saturday night, that same unit allowed five goals on eight power-play opportunities.

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Once again, Icers unFrozen

BY AMBER COLVIN: A TOUCH OF DUTCH

DENVER -
During Michigan's 8-5 loss to North Dakota Saturday night, the third period couldn't go by fast enough.
I just wanted it to be over.
It was clear the Fighting Sioux were going to walk away as victors for the second straight year. After the offensive mayhem of the first two periods, North Dakota had a two-goal lead, and all it had to do to win was buckle down and play defense.

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Rocky Mountain Low: Icers fall to Sioux

BY NATE SANDALS

DENVER - It had the look of a pick-up street-hockey game played without goalies.
By the end of the first period, one of every three shots had resulted in a goal. By the end of the game, that number had fallen to a still astronomical one goal in just less than every five shots.
But somehow, Michigan, the nation's highest-scoring team, lost the type of game that usually suits it so well, falling to North Dakota in the NCAA West Regional semifinals, 8-5.
"This time of year you're not going to win games giving up five and six goals," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

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