Each week, the Daily hockey “professors” will
analyze four aspects of the weekend’s action — offense,
defense, special teams and goaltending — and give the team
grades and comments.

Prof. Michael Nisson

Offense 101: B+

You can’t expect the Michigan offense to run up the score
on the second-ranked defense in the CCHA. The Wolverines did launch
65 combined shots and had a total of 7 assists on the four
goals.

Prof. Brian Schick

Defense 210: B-

The defense looked suspect on Friday, allowing the Spartans 35
shots. It also suffered a few breakdowns that led to goals.
Saturday was much better.

Prof. Gennaro FILICE

Sp. Teams 357: B

Although the powerplay created some quality chances, it
couldn’t convert and finished 0-7 on the weekend. The penalty
kill’s dominance brings the grade up.

Prof. Sharad Mattu

Goaltending 185: B-

Will Gold-medalist Al Montoya ever stay in the crease? Sure,
he’s a skilled puck handler, but he’s just too risky.
But his performance on Saturday was a great showing.

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