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Michigan punches Frozen Four ticket by downing Colorado College

— With first-period goals from unlikely sources, Michigan outlasted Colorado College 2-1 on Saturday to become the NCAA West Regional champions and advance to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2008.

“We just wanted to get through the first game,” Wolverines coach Red Berenson said. “We knew that Nebraska[-Omaha] was a good team and you saw how close that game was.

“Then for this team, for Colorado College to score like they scored last night against arguably the best team in the country, I think put the fear of God in our team. We might have played a little better defensively just in respect for their team. It’s a good win for Michigan and it was a close game.”

 Michigan punches Frozen Four ticket by downing Colorado College After a dramatic finish to Michigan’s 3-2 win against Nebraska-Omaha — decided on a controversial reviewed goal in overtime — and CC’s impressive 8-4 victory over defending national champs Boston College in games Friday, this contest seemed anticlimactic and even choppy. Penalties came in batches, television timeouts were long and Tigers’ coach Scott Owens said the pacing affected the game.

“There wasn’t a lot of flow tonight because of all the calls,” said Owens. “It was just a different night and it was tough for us, but I think most of it was just a veteran Michigan team that seemed fresh tonight and they were strong with special teams.”

Each team went 1-for-7 on the power play. Five penalties were called within a span of just over six minutes in the second half of the first period — two on the Wolverines, three on the Tigers — that resulted in shifting power play dynamics and Lee Moffie’s goal at 17:33 with both Nick Dineen and Scott Winkler in the penalty box, the goal that held up to be the game-winner.

“We’ve been working on the power play a lot during practice,” said Moffie, whose goal was just his eighth of the season. “I think I got pretty good wood on the first one-timer. The puck slid over to me, I had a pretty good scoring chance, but there was a guy in front of me. It went in off his shin pads. The puck was scrambling around [and] I think I sort of got lucky. I wasn’t even sure at first that it went in.”

Scooter Vaughan — who began the year as a defenseman — opened the scoring early in the first period with a breakaway goal from Moffie and Kevin Clare.

Rylan Schwartz netted the only CC goal of the night, on the power play at 16:25 in the third. Jaden Schwartz banked the puck against the boards on the far side of the left circle in the UM end, got it off the wall himself and centered to his brother, who was crashing in through the slot, nine seconds after the Wolverines’ Jeff Rohrkemper went to the box for boarding. A minute later, though, CC found itself on the penalty kill again with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.

“I thought we had three or four good opportunities in the first period but didn’t convert,” said Owens. “We got ourselves in some penalty trouble late in the first, early in the second I thought, but I thought Joe Howe was huge.”

Howe made 41 saves as Michigan outshot Colorado College 43-22.

“There were a lot of saves,” said Howe, “but two I wish I would have gotten. At the end of the night, you look at it and I don’t care how many saves I had. I don’t care if I had 100 or if I had zero. We lost the game, and that’s the tough part.”

Berenson said that in spite of the shot differential, it was Michigan’s special teams that gave the Wolverines the win. “I thought that was the difference in the game, was our penalty killing and our goalkeeping. Certainly, we got the opportunistic goals early in the game. I thought we played well five-on-five, but you’re playing against one of the best power plays in the country and we survived it.”

Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick stopped 21 shots in the contest.

“I think I made a couple of good saves,” said Hunwick. “It’s pretty easy to stay in the game when you’re playing to go to the Frozen Four.”

The Wolverines will be making their 24th Frozen Four appearance and the 11th in Berenson’s career with Michigan.

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  • Billbrown

    Cary Cary Cary , You are wrong again ! Michigan will make its 24th appearance. Are you so angry because you lived in Omaha ? Look on the bright side you can cheer for denver on sunday. yes this is for you Cary Kruger

    • Jdorf40

      I have to laugh at the Michigan fans. I work in Ann Arbor too, so I’m not just some rabid college kid that roots for their team despite logical thinking. Last year I actually went down to Ft. Wayne for the regional to support Bemidji State mostly, but saw UM get hosed in the final. They definitely go the short end of the stick and rightfully had a reason to be upset. But I think some were to the point of needing diapers. And now, it’s comical to see UM get a call that obviously should not have been called a goal without conclusive evidence, yet the UM folks are rubbing it in like they earned a victory. They were lucky to get out of that 1st round with a victory. So yes, they beat the #6 and #3 seeds in the WCHA. But going into St. Paul and beating Denver or North Dakota will be much more difficult I can assure you. If UND beats Denver, the Excel Center will be disguised as Ralph Engelstad Arena as I’m confident that the entire state of NoDak will make the trip and pay whatever the price necessary to watch their boys. GO SIOUX!!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBETSQYS6VDXIILQM463BFOTLU Cary Kruger

      I Live in Colorado and support CC College, and any team that plays Michigan.
      Can’t help but show anger when I see the underdog schools get the shaft.
      As ESPN-U’s hockey experts said- In the NHL “NO Goal”. Gotta Prove it with visual evidence to call it good.

      Been to Michigan many times and I’m sure impressed with a State like yours that leads the nation in slums, unemployed welfare fans, and a university that hired coach Rod to rebuild the once proud Michigan Football program.
      Maybe you’ll get a guy of top Big 10 quality like Tressell to run your program even further into the ground.

      • Paula Weston

        You know, it’s responses like this that make me wonder if there’s any civility left in this world.

  • Garbagegoal

    cc was hosed

    • Doug from Virginia

      Please explain in detail how CC was hosed. I am serious. I am not doubting you at all …. I had no rooting interest in this game. If anything, I probably would have rooted for CC if I had watched the game.

      • Sgalinat

        CC scored in the final seconds of a four on four. Refs ruled that the four on four was over when according to the clock on the broadcast it most definitely was not, thus screwing CC out of the ensuing 1:51 left on the power play with three minutes to play in what had just become a 1 goal game. CC did get hosed.

        • Jdorf40

          I know. I saw that too. There was definitely a full second left on the 4 on 4. I’m pretty shocked that after taking 9 minutes to review the non-goal that they called a goal the night before, that they wouldn’t take a minute to see what the times were after the goal was scored. There was clearly at least 1 second left on the 4 on 4 thus CC should have had 1:51 on the PP. No team in this tourney has been helped out by the officiating more than Michigan.

          • bluetell

            I don’t know what broadcast you guys watched, but the announcers said it was on the powerplay and the refs even went to the CC bench to explain why it was a PPG.
            CC also got hosed because Hunwick wouldn’t let more pucks in the net and because the refs awarded Michigan 2 goals for putting the puck in the net. So much help from the refs. If the refs hadn’t awarded those 2 goals, then CC would’ve won

          • Justin

            The penalty occurred at 14:25 of the 3rd period. The goal was scored at 16:25. The penalty was over. End of story.

          • Jon

            Oh Justin… don’t go throwing those pesky facts out there or use your elementary school knowledge of subtraction to make fact-based deductions. That only makes the whiners that much more angry. Let them think what they want. Just because 10 seconds > 9 seconds doesn’t mean they weren’t hosed. Then what would they have to post other than that their team was thoroughly outplayed in every facet of the game?

          • Sgalinat

            the goal “occurred” at 16:25 because whoever was in control of the clock let it run for three seconds after the puck had already crossed. Watch it again and you will see that the puck goes across the line at 16:23 left in the third. The refs should have changed it but didn’t bother to take the time to look at the review. And nearly every other coach in the NCAA other than Scott Owens would have verbally abused the referee, but he’s too classy for that, even when his team is being screwed out of a power-play that could have taken the game to OT. The fact is that it was at worst openly biased favoritism of a school that would draw more fans in St. Paul. At best it was the result of someone doing their job extremely poorly. But even in that ‘at best’ scenario the refs should have reviewed it and gotten the correct call. Either way, no matter how you slice it, the refs made a significant contribution to UM’s frozen four run for the second time in two days. Say whatever you want, there is no way around that fact.

  • Doug from Virginia

    I am hoping to see more comments about whether the coach of either team or some players thought that some of the penalties called were bad ones. I did not see this game, but I heard during a phone call with a friend last night (who did watch it) that he was shocked at the stuff that was being called. I am in favor of any penalty that is an illegal hit being called (i.e., I am NOT in favor of the phrase, “AW, just let ‘em play!”), but I also love to see a game full of good, hard checks. My friend made it sound like a player was penalized in the 1st period if he so much as touched an opponent.

    • bluetell

      there were a fair number of penalties. Some were border-line but I didn’t think any were ridiculous

  • XXXXXXXX

    I’m waiting for the article that promotes the sport and not controversy or anticlimactic finishes.

    Awesome energy by Michigan who carried most of the gameplay for 56 minutes. Outstanding resilliemce by Colorado for weathering the storm and almost sending it to overtime at the end.

    Awful media coverage so far.

  • PeaceofAspen

    Owens is the biggest complainer in college hockey. Am glad his team lost. Go, UMD!

  • 1stAv

    Michigan will be Sioux chum unless the whistles blow all the time like this game. Once every 5 minutes on average is way too much for a game that wasn’t very physical. The game would have been much better without it. I’m not saying CC would have won, just that it would have been a higher quality game and better represent the sport.

    • Justin

      There were 14 penalties called in this game. There were 11 called in the UND-DU game. Not a big difference. Can you think of a single penalty that was called that shouldn’t have been? If not, stop complaining about the officiating.

      • 1stAv

        Yes, I can. At least 6. 11 does not equal 14, unless you’re a Michigan grad.

  • ddddangles

    Great win against a strong team coming off a HUGE victory against arguably the best team in the league. Contrary to popular belief, not all Sioux fans believe that we will annihilate any team out there barring a quick-whistled official. I’ve watched a couple of UM games and am sure that the matchup between Frattin and Hagelin’s lines will be very fun to watch. Hunwick’s going to have to be focused in net, though, against a skilled team and a crowd undoubtedly packed with green and white. I’m looking forward to a battle come Thursday!

    • Jon

      I know Red will try and run Rust’s line out with Frattin as much as possible because that’s the shutdown line that leaves the top line open to score. Getting Burlon back will be a huge on the blue line. It should be a great chess match between the coaches trying to get the matchups they like best.