SOUTH BEND – Calgary is 1,779 miles from the Notre Dame campus.
Andrew Cogliano just didn’t have enough time.
The sophomore forward wasn’t with his fellow Wolverines for their game against Notre Dame yesterday. Instead, he was in the southern Alberta metropolis preparing for the Canadian Junior team’s tryout camp.
His first practice was 7 p.m. last night.
Even though Michigan coach Red Berenson was without his fourth leading scorer, he didn’t use Cogliano’s absence as an excuse for his team’s 4-3 loss.
“Would we be better with some other players? Yeah,” Berenson said. “But tonight, that was our team, and we just didn’t get it done.”
Still, Berenson said he was unhappy to lose Cogliano and was even more upset that the sophomore’s absence was the result of a schedule change for television.
Michigan was supposed to play at Notre Dame on Saturday, but the game was moved to Sunday afternoon to allow for broadcast on ESPNU. Cogliano could have played in South Bend on Saturday and made it to Calgary in time for the camp.
Berenson called it “bad timing,” but injuries made it even worse.
Michigan lost Cogliano while still skating without defensemen Jason Dest and Jack Johnson, both out with shoulder injuries.
On Friday, Dest missed his first game since the season-opener of his freshman year. The senior had played in 124 straight games.
With three key players missing, Michigan’s coaches were forced to infuse new blood into the lineup.
Junior Jon Montville saw his first action of the season on Friday. The Novi native played alongside captain Matt Hunwick, but he was absent from the ice at crucial points in the game.
On Saturday, freshman Anthony Ciraulo played for the second time this season. He took Cogliano’s spot in the lineup, but didn’t fill his skates.
Popping and locking: It’s becoming an epidemic. Another Michigan defenseman suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday. Freshman Steve Kampfer succumbed to a dislocated shoulder in the third period while battling in the offensive zone.
Senior David Rohlfs had to move back to defense to fill the void from Kampfer’s absence. Rohlfs played extensively at defense last season and didn’t look out of place on the blue line on Friday.
Michigan doesn’t play until Dec. 29, which should give Kampfer a decent amount of time to heal. Kampfer said he felt fine and wasn’t in too much pain as he left the arena holding a bag of ice.
Moving on down, to the East Side: After being swept by Notre Dame for the first time since February 2004, Michigan dropped one spot to third in the CCHA standings. The Wolverines are three points behind the Fighting Irish and five points back of first-place Miami (Ohio).
While there is still half of the conference season to play, Berenson said he was disappointed to fall behind Notre Dame in the standings, because the two teams don’t meet again this season.
“You get swept by a team that’s going to compete for first place in this league and that really puts us in the backseat,” Berenson said. “Because you’re not going to get those points back.”
Drowning your sorrows: Watch out, Ann Arbor: T.J. Hensick is legal.
The senior alternate captain and Hobey Baker-award hopeful turned 21 Sunday, and the only present he got was a sweep by Notre Dame
Hensick has been praised for his increased leadership and maturity this season. While he’s the team’s youngest senior, the Howell native often carries himself as though he was the oldest.
Hensick denied thinking about the big day before the game’s 3:05 p.m. start, but on his way out of the Joyce Center admitted the loss had made a letdown out of his 21st.
“It’s probably one of the more disappointing (birthdays) I’ve ever had,” Hensick said with a youthful shrug.