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Michigan Hockey

Online update: Icers take series opener with 4-1 victory

BY IAN ROBINSON

Earlier in the week, Michigan coach Red Berenson said that the telltale sign of his team's first game in two weeks would be the first 10 minutes of the first period.
And those early moments in tonight's 4-1 win over Northern Michigan were a good indication that his team was in fact ready for playoff hockey.
Michigan stormed ahead early and never looked back, taking a one game lead in the best-of-three CCHA quarterfinal series against the Wildcats.

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Online update: Hensick's hat trick leads Icers to CCHA semis

BY IAN ROBINSON

The last time Michigan had a chance to sweep Northern Michigan, things didn't go as planned for the Wolverines.
But tonight's did.
Michigan completed its CCHA quarterfinal series sweep of the Wildcats with an 8-3 win tonight at Yost Ice Arena. The win earned the team a berth into the CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena for the 19th straight year.
The Wolverines will face Michigan State on Friday night.
Nearly two months ago, Northern Michigan shut Michigan out for the first 59 minutes.
Tonight, it took just three minutes for the Wolverines to turn on the red light.

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Icers to enter playoffs

Jessica Boullion

BY IAN ROBINSON

Now, it matters.
After more than five months of regular-season games, Michigan starts the postseason tonight in the best-of-three CCHA quarterfinals - two weeks removed from its last game.
For its opponent, Northern Michigan, the games started to matter last weekend. The Wildcats bounced back from a Friday-night loss to Ohio State with wins Saturday and Sunday to advance, while the Wolverines had a bye.
The matchup raises the classic sports debate of who has the advantage: the well-rested team or the team with momentum?

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The leaders and Dest

BY IAN ROBINSON

Senior defenseman makes key contributions behind the scenes

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Icers' playoff hopes rest with goalie Sauer

Drew Philp

BY JAMES V. DOWD

When the puck hasn't bounced the way it should for the Michigan hockey team this year, fans looking for a scapegoat often fail to point to the defense, which has turned over the puck far too often, or to the forwards that have struggled to work the puck through the neutral zone.
Time and again, the blame seems to fall on sophomore goaltender Billy Sauer.
Sometimes Sauer has rightfully earned this criticism, like when he allowed six goals to Ohio State in the season finale and eight to Minnesota in November's College Hockey Showcase.

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Soph jack of all trades

BY AMBER COLVIN

Two weeks ago, no one on the Michigan hockey team's bus had a deck of playing cards.
And for Tim Miller, a bus trip without cards is unthinkable.
So as the bus warmed up for the five-hour journey to Sault Ste. Marie, the sophomore forward took a chance - just so he could play Euchre.
Michigan coach Red Berenson was minutes from boarding. And when Berenson is on the bus, it leaves. Simple as that.
But Miller got off and bolted for the nearest store.

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Defensive-zone errors haunt Blue

BY JAMES V. DOWD

The ability to learn from past mistakes is what makes or breaks a playoff hockey team.
And after drawing Northern Michigan for the second round of the CCHA playoffs this coming weekend, No. 10 Michigan's ability to repair deficiencies will be under the microscope.
Facing the Wildcats, who advanced to Ann Arbor after knocking out Ohio State in the first round of the CCHA tournament in Columbus, the Wolverines will try to cut down on the defensive-zone turnovers that cost them their first defeat of 2007 - a 2-1 loss at the hands of Northern Michigan - on Jan. 13.

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Amber Colvin: For Icers, the time is now

Scott Bell

BY AMBER COLVIN: A TOUCH OF DUTCH

COLUMBUS -
As the final buzzer blared at the Schottenstein Center two Saturdays ago, Michigan concluded its regular season.
Another season in the books, and where do the Wolverines stand?
Second in the CCHA, but only thanks to Miami (Ohio)'s loss.
Ranked 12th in the country.
18-9-1 in the CCHA, 23-12-1 overall.
And, numbers aside, almost exactly where they were last year.
That's not a good thing, considering last season has become a measuring stick for the kind of mediocrity the Michigan program desperately wants to avoid.

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'M' splits with Bucks

BY NATE SANDALS

COLUMBUS - Michigan's 6-5 loss to Ohio State on Feb. 24 was the bizarro version of the Wolverines' 4-3 win the previous night.
Everything was opposite.
In the first game, Michigan fought back and scored the game-winning goal with 68 seconds remaining. The next night, Ohio State erased two separate two-goal deficits and tallied the game winner with 90 seconds remaining.

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Icers balance effort and rankings

BY NATE SANDALS

Depending on who you ask, the Michigan hockey team is either the seventh-, ninth-, 10th- or 11th-ranked squad in the nation.
Like many other college sports, college hockey has a bevy of systems to rank teams and predict tournament seedings.
College hockey's answers to the BCS are the PairWise rankings (PWR), the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and Ken's Ratings for American College Hockey (KRACH), which is named after co-creator Ken Butler.
All the systems have different ingredients: round robin winning percentage, teams under consideration and strength of schedule, to name a few.

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