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Hunwick stops 40 as Michigan upsets North Dakota

Winnett scores game-winner in first period

— Shawn Hunwick stopped all 40 shots  he faced, and Ben Winnett scored the game-winer midway through the first period to lead the Michigan Wolverines to a 2-0 win over North Dakota in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

The Fighting Sioux dominated for long stretches of the game, outshooting Michigan 40-20, including 26-7 over the final two periods, but Hunwick was brilliant.

“We definitely had our opportunities, but their goalie played an outstanding game,” said North Dakota senior Derrick LaPoint.  “The plays we made weren’t there, and when they were, their goalie stood on his head.”

“We played extremely hard, left nothing in the tank but we couldn’t put one past their goaltender,” said Sioux coach Dave Hakstol. “It’s a hard loss for us, for everyone in the locker room, especially for our seven seniors.”

“We were on our heels”, said Michigan coach Red Berenson. “We played in our own zone a lot of the game. Scoring first was huge. Our team hung on. Who would have thought that the first goal of the game would be the deciding goal.”

That goal came at 13:26 of the first period. After Jon Merrill hit the near post,  Winnett got to the rebound through traffic and waited out Fighting Sioux goaltender Aaron Dell before putting a wrist shot inside the far post.

“(Luke) Glendening went hard to the net and (the puck) kicked out to me,” said Winnett. “I put it in the open net.”

North Dakota’s Matt Frattin had several good chances, the best coming with 1:05 to play in the first  period. He intercepted an errant clearing attempt and walked in all alone on Hunwick, firing wide from 20 feet out.

Michigan blocked 16 North Dakota shots and bottled up passing lanes throughout the game, especially during a late North Dakota power play.

“We had a mindset, to block every shot and get the puck out,” said senior Carl Hegelin.

“I don’t think I had to make a save after they pulled their goalie,” said Hunwick, who posted his fourth shutout of the season. “Guys were blocking shots like crazy.”

Dell came out for an extra attacker with 1:12 to play, but Michigan’s Scooter Vaughan finished a nice breakout with an empty-net goal to seal the win with 35 seconds to play. It started with a block by Hagelin.

“I’m usually bad at scoring the empty-net goals so I gave it to Louie (Caporusso),” said Hagelin. “He’s not that good either, so he got it to Scooter.”

Vaughan’s goal quieted most of the 19,139 in the Xcel Energy Center and sent No. 1 North Dakota to its first defeat since Jan. 28.

“I’ll be bluntly honest, I don’t think anyone in our locker room considered losing down the stretch as an option,” said Hakstol. “For it to come to a close short of our goal is pretty difficult. That’s the nature of Division I college sports. You win and you move on, you lose and there’s a sudden finality.”

“Our team had to play more in our own zone tonight than we have all year,” said Berenson. “That was a great team in North Dakota. They proved it. They just couldn’t score.

‘We knew we had to overachieve to find a way to win this game. And I think that’s what you saw tonight.”

North Dakota was short a forward for most of the game after freshman Brock Nelson was checked hard into the boards in the first period. He suffered a lower body injury and was taken off the ice on a stretcher and then to the hospital.

“After that injury, their fourth line didn’t play as much and it was difficult to match lines with them,” said Berenson. “But our fourth line played well when they were out there and gave us quality minutes.”

Winnett’s goal was just his fourth of the season and first since Dec. 30.

“He’s playing his best hockey right now,” said Bereson. “I put Winnett with (Matt) Rust and Luke Glendening, I think they had 18 goals all season and they were going up against a line that had 69 goals, and yet they outscored them.”

Michigan will play Minnesota-Duluth for the national title on Saturday.

“We have to play better than we did tonight,” said Berenson.  “We can’t have our goalie be the number one star.”

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  • Lefty

    2-0. It never made any sense to me that North Dakota was ranked higher than Yale.

    • Yosterizer

      Are you kidding??? ND was WAY better than Yale.

      • Matto

        Oh, please. LET THE WHINING BEGIN.

        North Dakota is in exactly the same place as Yale now.
        And the WCHA is… again… not the championship conference.

        • stuck on seven

          Duluth?

        • FrozenWild

          sounds like you count UMD out already just like Union, Yale, and Notre Dame. Guess Michigan is next to be added to the list.

          • benoit balls

            You must be a WCHA fan which is funny because you guys as a group said that the ECAC teams were bad and now you’re bragging about beating them. Michigan clearly had the tougher path to the final. Not saying they’re going to win it though.

          • Go Red

            ECAC is bad.

          • I_am_juan

            yeah way to go knocking out Boston College. Oh wait, that was a WCHA team.

          • Benoit Balls

            So the WCHA is so awesome for beating BC? OK. How come three WCHA teams couldn’t beat Michigan? And by the way, I’m not a Michigan fan.

          • Cthompson1983

            Michigan is a better team than UMD. Michigan is going to beat UMD on Saturday Night to win the National Championship. I am going to say it again Michigan is a better team than UMD. Michigan is going to win the National Championship Saturday Night.

            Go Michigan Wolverines! Go Blue!

          • collegehockeyfan

            UND was the better team last night and they didn’t win, Karma

        • I_am_juan

          ummmm, you still gotta beat the bulldogs with that mediocre team of yours

          • Cthompson1983

            Michigan is not a mediocre team. Michigan is a very good team. Michigan is a better team than UMD. Michigan is going to beat UMD Saturday Night. Michigan is a very good team and they play very good team defense and have a very good goalie. Michigan is going to win the National Championship.

            Go Michigan Wolverines! Go Blue!

        • Yosterizer

          I’m a Michigan fan, so it’s not whining. My opinion is that Yale was extremely overrated.

          • just sayin

            But you probably didn’t spend the entire season whining on public internet forums about Yale’s ranking or Pairwise position.

          • Yosterizer

            No, I didn’t, so what’s your point? Matto accused me, a Michigan fan (which should be obvious from my handle, DUH) of whining about UND/WCHA, which I wasn’t doing and have never done, and would have absolutely no reason to engage in.

          • collegehockeyfan

            Everyone but the ECAC was complaining about that. HE, WCHA, CCHA all had problems with that, as UMD proved.

        • B.D.

          Did YALE make it to the Semi final round?

          • hey hey hey goodbye

            Did the Sioux make the finals? No. So all that whining about polls and seeding was for naught.

          • Matto

            B.D. — Do you want a cookie for making it to the semi-final round? After all year woofing North Dakota this and North Dakota that, you’re in the exact same spot you’ve been every year the last decade: OUT. This was North Dakota’s tournament to lose, wasn’t it?

          • B.D.

            An oatmeal raisin would be nice, thank you.
            It was North Dakota’s tournament to lose. They were outplayed by the Michigan defense and goalie.
            When have I “Woofed”? I have stated my opinion, now that is forbidden?
            WOuld you have felt better if I had said “I am for North Dakota, but all those eastern teams are just so dang much better?” Perhaps YOU would have felt better but that is NOT waht I believe.
            So YOU can state YOUR opinion but I cannot sate mine?

          • Matto

            Oatmeal raisin. I’ll keep it in mind (I prefer chocolate chip, myself).

            I’d prefer if the North Dakota guys wouldn’t have whined all year long as if they hadn’t really lost last year, and weren’t so sniveling in defeat this year. Even here, you can’t just admit defeat, you have to qualify it: “outplayed by the Michigan defense and goalie.” Let me strip it down for you: You lost.

            There’s a reason why pretty much *everyone* else loves seeing North Dakota go down. After another season of the North Dakota trolling, pretty much everywhere (and whether it’s you personally or not doesn’t much matter to me), it’s about what you should expect. Heck, even in defeat, the trolling doesn’t stop — just look at the incoherent entries from “Hoalie” today.

          • Hoalie

            You are just a hater “Matto” and probably full of rage!! I am just a college hockey fan that lives on an island in the Pacific with no alliances (actually have alliances with kihawaii but that is just inline hockey to you). But when you and your east coasters & ivy leaguers bash a people (North Dakotans) as; poorly educated, lazy, users of the system, a university system that’s so bad that it shouldn’t be accredited including its law school and medical school based on the outcome of a hockey game – that is truly the definition of incoherent. Posting facts on the North Dakota economy, medical school/rural health initiatives and medical school opportunities UND reserves for Native Americans across the U.S, and Canada to set the record straight results in you calling it whining. You know what they say, “It takes one to know one.”

            BTW, the Wolverine/Sioux hockey game was awesome – had that “80 Winter Olympic” feel to it – shot after shot/rush after rush by the Sioux for the last 30 minutes with almost constant pressure in the offensive zone and to say that the Wolverine defense outplayed the Sioux is a reach- even Berensen made note of that following the game – Hunwick certainly outplayed them but 40 shots on goal and another 55-60 chances wide of the net equals almost 100 sshots – that is not defensive domination but did equal a great hockey game with the better team winning in the end. As with the NHL, the toughest championship to win of all the sports is hockey ’cause all it takes is a “hot” goalie and a couple of lucky bounces – all the Cahills, Frattins, Atkinsons and Miele’s matter not. This is why college hockey is awesome and the best NCAA sport going. And it’s expanding!

    • Danmanfu

      UND = O-ver-rat-ed

  • Stonecoldwolv

    Go Blue! Great game by Hunwick. He played lights out. Sioux sorry the same thing happened to you that has happened to Michigan the last few years. You guys have amazing team. Just fall short tonight against Michigan!

  • Avenger

    Ding dong the witch is dead. THANK YOU MICHIGAN!!!!!!!!!

  • LincolnJim

    Hey Suture, remember ya busted on us when we lost to Bemidji? How ya doing? What are your plans for the summer? See we were disappointed, but you guys, what else you got going on? Watch out for that grain thresher boys. Don’t lose any pieces.

  • Ryan

    All of you ND fans with your “the better team lost today” bull**** need to just shut up. DEFENSE wins championships and Michigan was the better defensive team. You played horrible on the PP not only in this game but the whole tournament. Better luck next year!!!! GO BLUE!!!!!

    • collegehockeyfan

      If you ask anyone with any intelligence in hockey at all, they will agree ND played the better game, in all aspects up front, Mr. Hunwick saved Big Blue’s season.

      • michhockeyfan

        from a michigan fan: this is true. und was better. they had better players, played the better game. that’s sports. happened to michigan a few years ago. north dakota has a great team. its possible to admit this without forfeiting your “fanhood”. go blue

      • Ryan

        I played hockey my whole life and I would say that ND had more shots and scoring chances but played the better game??? I dont think so. Again where were they on the Power play??? NOWHERE…… Michigan’s penalty kill and defense trumped their shots on goal hence why they WON THE GAME and were the better TEAM

        • shot wide

          Losers always point to the shot totals – as if quantity has any correlation with quality.

          • whiteheadneedstobefired

            I agree. Look at Maine’s mediocre season where they peppered opposing teams with shots and still lost a lot of games….nevermind their nonexistent defense.

            But what can I say? They made UND look worthless at the beginning of the season.

        • Siouxpoo

          UND = a bunch of individuals on a treadmill to the NHL

          • UNDnursing

            tell me do you have literally 0 creativity that “siouxpoo” was the best you could do

          • Sioux are…

            OVER-RATED

        • collegehockeyfan

          actually Michigan’s D played really bad, too many chances in front of the net. If Hunwick hadn’t have shown up like he did, it would have been a whole different game. I will 100% agree on UND’s PP not showing up. Hadn’t shown up most of the post season.

      • Bklein09

        Big Blue is Kentucky sir. Not Michigan.

        And yes, NoDak “outplayed” Michigan.

        I hope that fact keeps UND fans warm this off-season.

        But I’m not satisfied. I want it all.

        Go Blue!

        • Maurice4153

          Excuse me, Big Blue, is the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, known as the greatesr public instituation academically and athletically in the country.

          • dmblue

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Blue_(disambiguation)

            I don’t see the University of Michigan anywhere on there. Anyone who says Big Blue, including ESPN, is incorrect. We call ourselves the Wolverines.

          • UM 09

            YOU ARE 100% WRONG. SORRY BUT ITS TRUE.

            MICHIGAN FANS DO NOT REFER TO THEMSELVES TO BIG BLUE.

            THAT IS A KENTUCKY THING.

            IM MICHIGAN CLASS OF 2009. TRUST ME, WE ARE NOT “BIG BLUE.”

            GO BLUE!

          • Happy23

            Its not even blue…its navy!

      • Bklein09

        Oh and one more thing.

        NoDak played better in most aspect of the game.

        But I don’t think their goalie outplayed ours.

        I don’t necessarily think their defense outplayed ours, although I guess thats debatable.

        UND’s PP was horrible tonight, or MIchigan’s PK was awesome. Either way.

        People forget that those are all aspect of the game in hockey.

        • B.D.

          In no way did Dell outplay Hunwick, but the story of the defense is told in the number os shots on net. UND outshot Michigan, at some points by a factor of two or three to one.
          That being said Michigans Defense played adequate to the needs….
          They scored and won the game.

        • collegehockeyfan

          I thought the Sioux played an overall very good game. Only one goal against by Dell in the game. In 95% of games, that’s an extremely good game. The only problem UND had was getting it by Hunwick, UND had the chances, but couldn’t put one past him to save their lives. It happens in hockey all the time, One player can take over the game, and too bad for the Sioux that they had to run into a player playing that well.

      • Duh!

        Scoreboard.

        Sioux are…
        OVER-RATED

        • Jeffrey Kaiser

          Yale fan? haha

          • B.D.

            Naw, he is a kid from Grand Forks who has envy issues. He also prefers not to use the same screen name, but rather flits from posting to posting insulting those who love that which he hates- UND hockey.
            Only a local can hate the Sioux as much as homeboy does.

      • gophfan156

        Ok…I think you are right to some degree. But being in attendance, it was very clear that UND was outmatched in various aspects of the game. I think Red out strategized Hextall, and it didn’t seem that UND started to figure out ways to overcome it until the third period.

        UM outmatched UND in goaltending last night. Some would say, “Yeah that is because they had twice as many shots on net.” That may be the case, but the senior in UM’s net was on fire.

        UND clearly had a number of power play chances in the first and second period. They didn’t capitalize. UM’s killing unit clearly outplayed UND’s power play units.

        So yeah, I think UND outplayed UM in most aspects of the game, but not all. As a result, they were able to come up with a great win.

        • Guest

          Hextall is a forward and Hakstol in the coach.

        • B.D.

          It is possible UND was outcoached. I have not made up my mind yet.

      • fluidguy

        You obviously have none. I played hockey throughout my youth in Michigan and have kept up and even coached a bit with my sons team. The team that plays the better game wins…..period. Who was actually the best team throughout the season is debatable but one thing’s for sure, only one of them is left and it’s not UND. Michigan will prepare for UMD just like they have prepared for the rest of the WCHA heavies they toppled.

        GO BLUE!!!!

        • collegehockeyfan

          I have 4 or 5 games off the top of my head where the goalie took over the game, and they managed to snag one breakaway goal and that was it because of the goaltenders play, it happens, as i said above, Sioux ran into a hot goalie at the wrong time. Most people on this forum will agree that UND did indeed play better hockey, but just couldn’t put it through Hunwick.

      • Wildcatalum

        “intelligence in hockey” = oxymoron.

    • hockeyfan2145

      better team lost today, was actually said by mr red berenson himself. tell him its bullshit.

    • Expressor16

      Your own coach said “sometimes the better team doesn’t win” I think North Dakota carried the play last night but Michigan was outstanding at keeping the gaps tight and Hunwick was great. Hats off to the Blue. Now, the question is…Can you do that for a fourth time in a row on Saturday.

      • Duh!

        He was just being classy. The Sioux are…

        OVER-RATED

  • EliBlue

    Okay can’t wait to hear the UND fans use statistics and PWR to rationalize how they’re better. But I guess the season is a success because you got exactly one game farther than Yale did. That’s what matters to UND. Getting over on Yale. Not the fact that your 7 titles didn’t help you this year

    • typical Sioux troll

      Wait, what was Michigan’s Strength of Schedule?

    • Nyqi

      If you think UND fans care Yale you arent very smart. Great game plan by Michigan executed perfectly. Michigan is much faster than I thought. They are also the best defensive Michigan team I’ve ever seen.. Didn’t think anyone could hold th Sioux to a zero on the scoreboard. This was a good season for the Sioux not a great one. Good luck to both teams tomorrow. But please stop talking about Yale like anyone in north Dakota cares..

      • Duh!

        Sioux are…

        OVER-RATED

      • enjoy the offseason

        But please stop talking about Yale like anyone in north Dakota cares.

        BS. You guys whined about them all year. You’re not fooling anyone.

        • collgehockeyfan

          Everybody was bashing Yale all year, better call out BC fans, EVEN MICHIGAN FANS, pointless post.

  • A Gopher Fan

    UND > UMD > Yale. Hockey can be a game of bounces or breaks.

  • RoccoGrimaldi

    I’m not coming next year. I’m going to Michigan or Minnesota!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

      you know its unethical and a little childish to pose as someone else and say things that is either taunting or hurtful…..

      • Duh!

        Yeah… says a Sioux fan! Ha!

        OVER-RATED

        • B.D.

          Please prove a Sioux fan has done such.

  • Bklein09

    Go Blue!!!

    What a win!!!!!!!

    One more!!!!!

    Nothing anyone says about this game will make it any less sweet for all the Michigan faithful.

    We did what no one else was able to do since January 28.

    And we did it when it mattered most.

    But the Wolverines aren’t done yet. We have one last WCHA team in our way.

    Go Blue!!!

  • UM Deker

    No team can roll 4 lines like UND. Blah, blah, blah…”

    Don’t believe everything you read in the press. The press is good at building hype. UM is good at playing hockey. We’ve been rolling 4 lines all year long, it’s just that nobody in the national press bothered to stop by Yost this year. UM’s 4th line was the effective all night. The better T-E-A-M won. This Senior class came in as 12 freshman and made it to the FF. Now they are where they belong. Go Blue!

  • GennowayIgettotheNHL

    Open apology to our loyal Sioux fans. I know I captained the least successful class in history. Don’t take it out on my buddy Matt because he might bust things up. I know we never won it all and that’s my legacy. Just don’t boo me when I’m sending you resumes to work at your car wash or oil rig. Chay

    • B.D.

      The troll is back.
      Sadly he still has not enough pride to use the same screen name consistantly.

  • Easternbias

    Eastern Bias!!!!!!!!

  • GeauxSue

    Sue alum in Chicago, doesn’t this stink? Your whole year blown in one game? C Berkas, what are you going to rant about now? Guess you won’t be hogging up the boards for a while. Geaux Sioux heeeheeeheehee

    • go start the bus

      Where’s B.D.?

      • B.D.

        I have been at work. Its this thing called a “Job.”
        Perhaps your mother has told you about them. Even suggested you leave the basement and get one.

    • GeauxSioux

      I’m flattered you missed me. Thanks!

  • PKM

    All is now right in the world!

  • Enron

    I have a question. Where was Frattin? Oh that’s right, missing the net from 20 feet. Over-rated player.

    • SIOUXPERMAN

      Five shots and three or four quality chances, if you’d have told me that’s what he’d get before the game I’d have taken it. Certainly he had nowhere near the type of game we expected from a Hobey Finalist, but then anyone outside Sioux Nation thinks if he doesn’t score 207 goals every game he should not rightfully win the Hobey anyway! He had a great season and a great comeback story of a kid who has actually learned something in college. Good luck to him at the next level. Great job by Michigan tonight.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

      exactly when did he miss the net? most of his quality shots were on goal but hunwick or w/e made the big saves

      • PKM

        I believe the point here is. Frattin didn’t really do anything worthwhile and was minus 1. So after all this where is Miele and what did he do in the tournament. It is fair for someone to point out the fact that Frattin didn’t really do anything tonight.

        • Anonymous

          Perhaps. But it’s ridiculous to say he’s overrated. His performance throughout the year spoke for itself. There’s not a single player in college hockey who didn’t have off games this year. To jump on a guy for what you saw tonight shows an incredible bias coming into his post, and basically is cause for everyone else to disregard it from this point forward.

  • siouxfan33

    UND was definitely the better team tonight won all the stats except for the one that mattered. I feel like we deserved to win that game but anytime a goalie like Hunwick can come out and single handily steal a shot at a championship for his team good for him. Can’t win if you don’t score

  • HaHa Pioux

    What will no Dak fans do now? Second-rate sports and a community college education? Oh, that’s right – at least they can get a job at American Tire.

    • Danmanfu

      What is worse than being shutout in the Frozen Four?…living in North Dakota

      • UNDnursing

        low taxes and a budget surplus? maybe you should rethink you’re pathetic economy Mich fan

      • hockeyfan2145

        uh huh. one of 3 states in the country with a budget surplus. have fun with your mortage. I will laugh when you lose your job and starve.

        • leaches

          Per dollar of Federal tax collected in 2005, North Dakota citizens received approximately $1.68 in the way of federal spending, 6th highest nationally.

          • B.D.

            Yup, when you have a pair of SAC bases in YOUR state of less than 1 Million you will as well.

          • follow the money

            True. But then your GDP would be lower and your taxes would have to be higher to maintain the same level of state spending. I’d like to see some more numbers before I find the budget surplus terribly impressive – again in a state of less than one million. And I assume North Dakota gets a boatload of federal agriculture subsidies.

        • Duh!

          That’s cause there’s nothing in North Dakota.

          OVER-RATED

          • B.D.

            …..But employed people.

    • SIOUXPERMAN

      We’ll simply have to say we were the better team and got beat by a goalie who was awesome and a coach who is 100! And use the old we have 7 championships bit. (Which, ironically, works on every other team EXCEPT Mich, man that stinks!)

      • 9>7

        We’ll simply have to say we were the better team and got beat by a goalie who was awesome and a coach who is 100!

        Unfortunately you don’t get a trophy for that.

      • 21 and counting

        “We’ll simply have to say we were the better team and got beat…”

        Where have I heard that before? Oh yes. Brendan Morrison, 1997. The best team in the country all season, beat by an overmatched team with a perfect gameplan in the semis, clearing the way for UND to win its seventh (?) NC.

        Guess the shoe’s on the other foot now.

        But seriously. Good season. UND was clearly the better team tonight (no sarcasm).

      • Duh!

        Last I checked, the goalie counts as part of the team.

        OVER-RATED

    • fdagophs

      hmmm CEO of Cargill Corp came out of UND and founder of Buffalo Wild wings came out of UND so…..

      • MandanMan

        and so did ole Wild Zeke at Custer’s Gas n Go in Mandan. he was the class valedictorian

      • Duh!

        Ooo! You found two successful alum? And BWW… definitely “classy”.

        OVER-RATED

    • India pale ale

      Excellent law school. Great medical school: The best rural medicine program in the country. Top tier aviation school – and I mean globally.
      Yeah we are second rate, just like Phil Jackson, a second rate bball coach and Sioux alum.
      Say what you want, the Sioux lost, they’ll lose again, they’ll win too.
      All the idiots hide behind keyboards, spouting garbage that they couldn’t talk about in a real conversation.
      Bummed the Sioux lost – yeah, but it’s a game, there is another on Saturday.

      • ND Smells Funny

        Excellent law school? Try tier 4. That’s…crap.
        Great medical school? Really? I guess if you want to treat hicks who’ve thrown their back out throwing lawn mowers.
        Best rural medicine program? Try tied for 9th in the country – pretty highly rated, until you figure out there are only 22 such programs out there. Rural medicine? Who gives a crap.
        Top tier aviation school? Well yeah, I’ll give you that.

        Face it – North Dakota IS a second rate school, at least academically.

        • Expressor16

          The only academic issue is what a student puts into and gets out of they education. Plenty of idiots go to all schools and flunk out.

          • Duh!

            Yeah, but some of those kids that flunk out will eventually go back to school… at North Dakota.

        • B.D.

          Then why are they EMPLOYED at higher rates than most other academic facilities?

        • Hoalie

          What do you smell – the sugarbeets? Gas, oil, and/or coal? Livestock? Real economic production – unlike you and your ivy league comrade – Duh!, probably never been to ND as your narrow-minded comments suggest. And for “Leach” probably another ivy leaguer, $1.68 in federal money spent on every North Dakotan for every $1.00 brought in – Really? Back it up as I have read that article as well but “it” fails to include federal revenue generated from the oil and gas industry. So don’t pat yourself on the back. Last year (2010) 113 million barrels of oil were delivered to the surface of ND – at a federal tax rate of $0.35 per gallon or approximately $3,000 per North Dakotan was delivered into the Federal Coffers. Not including countless state, county and local taxes applied to the same oil and gas. Truly – You’re the “leeches” – the same ivy leaguers that have bankrupted this country to protect their colleagues and classmates. Now who is OVER-RATED?

        • Hoalie

          ND Smells Funny – You base your findings on “US News and World Report”. Great Publication – may as well be ACORN!!! And you have to “purchase” to see the results. Post your “purchase” to this website or are going to whine copyright? At least ND “slots” as many as 25% of their PGY 1 medical school slots for Native Americans – not just Sioux – but Comanche, Blackfoot, Manderee, Kickapoo – you name it. UND’s Acceptance rate is high like almost 100% for Native Americans, don’t take much NIH money and GPA may ultimately to lower as a result. Potential – ah potential!!! Your Harvard – tier no “one” is Native American anymore University begets pathology. The top school – UWASHINGTON – is no more than an extension of the state which no longer wants to treat any pain modalities among other common ailments – because of statistical inuendos. Move to WallaWalla and you will receive little to no comprehensive treatment. To you “ND Smells Funny” – that is rural medicine. In ND, the rural patient receives quality treatment, “Standing Rock” students can attend school regardless of scores and the support system will help them succeed regardless of cost. “india Pale Ale” have a great day at work tomorrow and every day thereafter – your patients will appreciate you!

      • Duh!

        Yes, out of the THOUSANDS of kids graduating NoDak every year, there are bound to be a few over-achievers… just like there are some good hockey players… but the rest (comprising many of the classless, trash-talking, wannabe fans) are….

        OVER-RATED

        • B.D.

          Wanna stack YOUR schools post educational employment rating versus UND.
          Be my guest.

  • the WCHA grind

    USCHO board showing alot of class, like usual!

    • stuck on seven

      Payback’s a b–tch.

    • Duh!

      The difference is, this time it’s NOT North Dakota fans!

      OVER-RATED

  • SIOUXPERMAN

    Great game by both teams! UM great job clearing rebounds, and obviously goaltending won this game for them. UND had lots of chances, the big guns played well and had the best chances. UND was not getting traffic in front so they were not able to get the second chances they needed against such a strong defensive team. Kudos to Mich for a great gameplan, although they were wildly outshot, they choked the game down to their style just like they did against CC. No shame in losing this game for the Sioux, they did lots of things right, unfortunately Huntwick decided not to give up a goal tonight. Godd luck to both teams in the Final.

  • Shucks_Miami

    Aww man, we coulda done that…

  • jdm

    As a neutral observer, I wouldn’t say that UND absolutely played the better game; they were certainly better in some aspects of it—puck possession, zone time, shots, physical presence—but their decision making was poor overall (especially after Hunwick got into their heads), their special teams were terrible, and many of their shots were low quality. While it’s usually an inadvisable strategy, Michigan played an excellent protect-the-lead game, and much of UND’s apparent dominance came from the fact that they adopted a defensive posture starting in the second. I’ve seen games where one team was clearly better and lost due to bounces; this wasn’t one of them.

  • Unbiased spectator

    I’d just like to register disappointment in the whole of this discussion. Regardless of how the teams played, Michigan won the game. However, this is no reason to attack North Dakota as a state, university, its people or its players. There are hopefully better things for everyone to do with their time than try to rationalize a loss or cheap-shot an institution.

    • Siouxpoo

      Go pet a donkey

    • benoit balls

      North Dakota fans were boasting and complaining all season. They put down other teams and entire conferences and even entire regions of the country day after day and without provocation. They were warned. They deserve all of the s–t they are going to eat.

      • hockeyfan2145

        cause we got stuff to boast about, year after year.

        • sioux whine

          “Boasting” isn’t terribly classy so you should expect to get dumped on when you lose.

        • Jonny

          Like no national championships for over a decade.

      • collegehockeyfan

        I see it happen both ways for every conference, not sure how nobody else doesn’t see it, maybe just because the Sioux fans are usually the ones targeted maybe? but I see it happen all the time.

  • Mich fan

    This post is for Jdord40 and Suture1. As I have said in the past two weeks, I do not talk trash. Good game, North Dakota has a great hockey program from the coaches on down. Mr. Hunwick stood on his head tonight, and we got the bounces. I’m sure these programs will meet again. Take care.

    • B.D.

      I assume both will make the tournament again next year. It will be interesting.

    • Suture1

      Thanks Mich, I’ll comment on the game on Sunday. Need a few days to let this settle. I’ve had different thoughts about the game, Michigan and the coaches. Thanks for your sportsmanship Mich.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

    look at all the bashing on the sioux and its fans….typical but at any rate the sioux will be back again and by the way the sioux were the better team but solid goaltending so congrats mich

    • ECHLveteran

      The shell shocked Sue looked bombed out and ruined like Afghanistan. Yeah they’ll be back. But by then Lucia will have another championship. Yale will have one the championship twice and UMD will have finished first in the WCHA three years in a row

      • UNDnursing

        Lmao someone doesn’t follow college hockey

      • hockeyfan2145

        shell shocked by what? michigans 3 second period shots? 2 of which were dump ins

        • fluidguy

          No, shell shocked by being on the wrong end of 2-0. Makes no difference how many shots they took but if it’ll make you feel better, go ahead and keep on counting them. I don’t think it’ll change the score though….from someone who does follow college hockey.

      • B.D.

        Been there. Afghanistan does not look like that.

    • WMUBronco86

      People are bashing on the Sioux fans because anyone who looks at these boards sees the Sioux fans doing it all season long. I even saw it on boards that weren’t even related to the Sioux.
      Just wish people could realize it was a great game last night. The Sioux played great, and the Wolverines played great and as a (somewhat) neutral fan it was a fun game to watch. Hopefully tomorrow’s game can be half as exciting as last night’s.

      • B.D.

        If you do the analysis you will find the Sioux fans have a higher representation on this board than any other similar group of fans. Thus their issues and concerns will receive more attention.

        Note that a posting covering the Sioux have a passionate following and can and will receive 100+ comments.
        A similar posting of most other teams will receive possibly six. Look at pas postings to see what I am taling about.

        This will result in certain slants to conversations.

        Thus North Dakota fans will spill over onto other postings concerning other teams and their views will PROBABLY outwiegh those of the fans of the teams in question.

        Example – Merrimack had a sotry several weeks ago that seemed to only have one or two Merrimack fans post. But numerous Sioux fans posted their opinions.

        See?
        If Merrimack attracted fans half as passionate as UND fans they would likewise have significnat numbers of posts on other teams stories.

    • Duh!

      Yes… typical of a Sioux fan!!!

      OVER-RATED

  • UM in the SW

    Good class shown by that single ND fan after the empty netter…flipping off a college kid who just sealed a shot at the NC?! Regardless, what a game! The effort put out tonight by the young men on both side was remarkable. Hope the guys in blue carry over this intensity to Saturday night! Go Blue!

    • Josh

      Right after the first goal there’s a UND-clad guy flipping off Michigan players swarming Winnet on the far boards. It goes by quick, but I noticed it the first time and rewound (gotta love DVR) to make sure. Made me laugh like hell. I’d call them classless, but I’ve flicked off quite a few players this year sitting among the Children of Yost, so I won’t be a hypocrite. Frustration sucks, and I can sure understand why UND fans were frustrated tonight. Shawn Hunwick has probably already been exiled for life from Grand Forks. GO BLUE!!!

    • 21 and counting

      They’re all over this guy at MGoBlog. Priceless stuff. I’m sure he’ll be very proud as his display of good sportsmanship makes its way around the internet for all of eternity. Stay classy, brah!

      • bird is the word

        Enjoy a loop of it here:

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    • Duh!

      Very typical

  • WCHA2011

    At least the Gophers had their logo on the boards.

  • Perspective

    Isn’t collegehockeyfan cute? Excuse me hun, but the rest of us think that the only thing that matters is the scoreboard. You keep yourself going with happy thoughts about how UND played better than Michigan this year or Yale last year. you just keep telling yourself that the only thing that matters is how many minutes the Sue played well. Not winning. So just thinking that the last North Dakota team that won did it back when Clinton was in office. How bout that?

    • I_am_juan

      why you guys such sore winners? You won. You beat the best team in the country. You played a great game. YOU STILL HAVE TO BEAT DULUTH TO BE ANYTHING TO TALK ABOUT. Congrats on the Sioux. The Bulldogs are going to be something different. I promise.

      • just sayin

        Not everyone dumping on the Sioux is a Michigan fan.

        • B.D.

          In fact,t he troll is actually a disgruntled home boy from North Dakota.

      • Cthompson1983

        Michigan is going to beat UMD on Saturday Night to win the National Championship. Michigan is a better team than UMD. I am going to say it again Michigan is going to win the National Championship.

        Go Michigan Wolverines! Go Blue!

        • B.D.

          Could happen.
          We also said Michigan COULD beat UND.

        • collegehockeyfan

          I just hope all the Michigan fans can take the heat if they lose, If Michigan comes in Big Headed like all of their fans, and you can even include UND in that mix, you might just be disappointed like all the Sioux fans.

          I’ll see your take on this on Saturday night. Best of Luck.

    • hockeyfan2145

      and when was the last time your team won?

      • Perspective

        my team is BC. and you have what to say? spit it out

    • collegehockeyfan

      I have never said UND played better against Yale last year, I will be the FIRST person to say that. They didn’t show up there. period. If you don’t like anyone’s take on the game, don’t read it, I do enjoy constructive criticism though, If you have any please shoot! Get’s you to look at different aspects of the game, Personal Attacks aren’t welcome on this site.

      I know there are several people that know how to constructively look at a game, you are obviously not one of them.

  • Siouxeecide

    Hakstol — biggest loser coach in college hockey
    Frattin — biggest AWOL when his team need him most
    Genoway — most overrated collegiate hockey player since Jason Krog

    • B.D.

      He’s back.

  • Insider

    Already heard Gothberg, Parks and Matteau are going to Denver instead of heading to not so Grand Forks

    • B.D.

      Please provide a link.

  • Notredamefan

    I was at the game and I have never seen a worse team offensively than Michigan. They can thank their goalie because he was the only good player they had. It’s too bad when the national championship game loses it’s luster when 2 average teams play for the title. It was also nice to see all of michigans 3 fans in the building. I am sure none of them could afford to leave that crap hole called Detroit.

    • UM in the SW

      Obviously they are a terrible team…that just beat the Irish a few weeks back…and won the regular season title over that same Irish team….and how did all those Irish fans help out the mighty Irish today?

      • Grahamulus646

        yeah but he’s right about not being able to afford the trip to mpls.

    • 21 and counting

      …says the fan of a team that finished 2nd in conference to an average, terrible offensive team.

      Stay classy, ND.

    • Josh

      You’re not even worth the time…

    • Wolverinefan2

      Hey Notredamefan:

      Whiny little b**** much? Good god, you choked away the CCHA regular season title the final weekend of the season, giving MIchigan the title, you got knocked out in the semis when you had a chance to actually FACE Michigan in the finals and settle things on the ice, and yet you have the gall to come in here and talk smack? Nice try, loser (as in, your team LOST tonight, not mine). I mean, c’mon, the best you can come up with is making fun of Detroit? The last time I checked, the University of Michigan was in Ann Arbor, not Detroit, and Ann Arbor has continued to thrive throughout the economic downturn that has savaged the rest of the state. It’s as fine a midsized college town that you’ll find in the country, but then, you knew that so you didn’t bother trying to make fun of it, you defaulted to Detroit. Brilliant! And besides, anyone who watched the game could see there were plenty of Michigan fans in the stands. Try to stick to the facts at least if you’re going to make these pathetic little rants.

      Oh, by the way–nice job of not even being able to take advantage of the weakest Michigan football teams of the last 40 years. How does it feel knowing you got beat multiple times in the soon-to-be-forgotten RIch Rodriguez “era”? I think the only team that shares that dubious honor is also from the state of Indiana–yep, you’re right up there with the Hoosiers in the football world now. Nice job!

    • RG

      What is South Bend? A river town, just like Detroit…and Ann Arbor is NOT Detroit…maybe you should take a geography lesson again. Also, how many national championships has Notre Dame won in hockey? I’m still waiting for an answer…which is NONE. When you get as many as Michigan (NINE), then maybe we can talk again…until then, go back to St Joseph County and pout.

    • WMUBronco86

      I’ve been to Detroit many times…never heard gunshots. I’ve been to South Bend once, and heard gunshots, so I wouldn’t be ragging on UofM, which is in Ann Arbor, not Detroit, when South Bend isn’t so great itself.

  • PKM

    Great game by Michigan. Can’t say it enough. Great game plan and great execution. Along with quality goaltending. The game was never really in doubt. Well played Michigan …. enjoy the victory!

    • gophfan156

      Even though I am not a Sioux fan, I would say that “game was never really in doubt” is just a little over exaggerated. Berenson really had a great game plan. His D kept the puck to the outside, and really disrupted the flow of UND. As time went on, the size of UND began to wear on UM and they really were in survival mode the last period. Thanks to the play of the netminder and the overall game plan of Red, they survived. But it was no cakewalk for UM.

  • Beau Beman

    clearly michigan had no chance…they have no talent…terrible coaching and deserve to lose

  • Spectator

    OVERRATED! OVERRATED! OVERRATED! I think UND needs to play a lot more CCHA/Big Ten teams in order for the hockey world to get a better sense of their lack of talent. They play in that easy conference so it’s easy to rack up stats.

    • B.D.

      Right…..
      Try again. THis time with fervor

    • collegehockeyfan

      The only CCHA/Big Ten team they lost to was Minnesota, and ended up splitting, swept Wisco in their own building, took 3 out of 4 points against Notre Dame, Hunwick won that game.

  • hahaha

    Came in here to see filth spewing from Internet Tough Guys’ keyboards, left satisfied

  • hahaha

    Or, more accurately, disgusted

  • irish

    When do the Sioux play next??? You’re the number 1 team in the nation-do you have a bye?? Please enlighten me!! Maybe we can get the CCHL crew that officiated the Yale-Minnesota-Duluth game to officiate your next game. They’ll provide the incompetence you need in order to win!! Please get the linesman that looks like the Pillsbury doughboy (Tony something) on the game. He’ll make sure he ejects the opposing team’s best player-you’ll certainly have your chance to win. Good luck!!

    Read more: http://www.uscho.com/frozen-four/2011/04/07/north-dakotas-nelson-headed-to-hospital/#ixzz1Itzp4UNR

  • Overrated Sioux hater

    I’d rather be a Wolverine than a boy named Sue!!!

    Wolverines have a better team. Sioux fans have better mullets.

    • hockeyfan2145

      im fairly certain anyone who knows anything, will say und has a better team. michigan executed a great gameplan, their goalie played out of his mind, and sioux just oculdnt get the bounces to go their way

  • yalefan

    Thank you, Michigan. Way to put these hicks to the sword. I’ll be cheering for you in the finals.

  • irish

    Cry, cry, cry!! North Dakota eliminated again. You should have had the CCHL officiating crew from the Yale-Minnesota Duluth game doing your game. But then, your the number 1 team in the nation. You certainly showed that tonight!! See you next year-if you can muster up enough draft picks!!

  • BC04

    As a BC fan with no dog in the hunt I was convinced the tourney was UND’s to lose. My mistake, Michigan played great defensive hockey, maybe not exciting to some folks that love goals, but still an effective game. Congrats to the CCHA, the balance has shifted back to the midwest. Hockey East had a great 3 year run, but it is great to see new teams (UMD) and classically great teams (UM) battle it out. Great win Blue!!!

  • liveasiouxfer life

    Congrats Michigan. I thought this was the Sioux’s year but red had your boys playing exactly the game they needed to be effective, albeit drab. It also didn’t hurt that Hunwick was dynamite. 9 times out of 10 that Frattin wrister from the top of the circles sees twine but mighty mouse deflected it tonight. Yeah, we had more shots but we didn’t play our game nearly as well as Michigan did. We weren’t allowed to cycle like we usually do nor could we enter the zone with ANY ease (Drano couldn’t have helped those clogs in neutral ice). Well played.

    Go Sioux!

  • Wolverinefan2

    What a fantastic hockey game–kudos to both teams for one of the best, most intense games I’ve ever seen.Shawn Hunwick turned in the best performance I’ve ever seen by a Michigan goaltender. He absolutely stood on his head and stole that game; just goes to show, I think, that more than any one player in any other sport, a hot goalie can throw a team on his shoulders and carry them to a title. Let’s hope Hunwick has one more in him.

    And, even though the team gave up 40 shots, I thought Michigan’s defense was also excellent tonight. They didn’t put up quite the brick wall that the huge ND defense did, but they played excellent TEAM hockey, appearing to really communicate well so nobody was left out on an island as ND applied seemingly constant pressure. Additionally, Barry Melrose was right about one thing tonight–Matt Rust for Michigan was the best player on the ice for either team (non-goalie category, of course!). He saved Michigan’s bacon more times than I can remember.

    Finally, I have to tip my hat to the North Dakota team. That was one bad-a**, big, fast, strong team that played hard from start to finish. In fact, that was one of better college hockey teams I’ve seen in a while. Reminded me of some of Michigan’s late ’90s teams. And, tell me Ben Blood isn’t the best hockey name ever? Great game, ND.

    One more game, boys–GO BLUE!!!!

    • collegehockeyfan

      I will agree with most of this post, Michigan caught one break, and Hunwick put the X on his shoulder, like I’ve said, If Hunwick plays like that tonight, automatic best performance I have ever seen at the Frozen Four. Michigan’s D looked weak and slow, lucky they had the hottest goaltender in the country behind them.

  • Ohiostateundfan

    Don’t worry Sioux fans, Obviuosly to get this reaction from Michigan fans shows how jealous they were of our team . UND was the better team and no rational person would say otherwise. The goalie played an awesome, once in a lifetime game, so hats off to him. Just be thankful your team nickname isn’t a wolverine. And be thankful you don’t live in a godforsaken state like Michigan.

    • Josh

      Not worth the time….

    • Guest

      A buckeye ? Not even sure what that is. Do you have a hockey team ?

    • fluidguy

      Oh and now we’ve heard from the Tressel/Clarett contingency.

    • RG

      I must have missed OSU’s hockey team in the tourney! Oh yea, that’s right, they were not in it. Talk about choking, What happened to their vaunted # 1
      B-ball team? Just goes to show you that the only true #1 is the team that wins the championship…no ones really cares if you are # 1 in the middle of the season. The Sioux played a great game, I’m still waiting for their vaunted offense to show up…oh well, maybe next year. Go Blue!

    • sioux whine

      You’re an idiot if you think everyone dumping on UND is a Michigan fan.

      • 21 and counting

        Given this troll has “ohiostate” in their nick, this doesn’t come as a shock.

      • Duh!

        No… EVERYBODY dumps on UND… because they are….

        OVER-RATED

  • Josh

    Alright, I’ve been to every Michigan home game this year. I’ve seen Hunwick stand on his head all season long to win games we really shouldn’t have. I honestly don’t think that’s what happened tonight. Yes, he made 40 saves. Yes, UND’s offense rained down the shots all game long while we settled for a few solid chances. But, honestly, I don’t think he really had to make all that many absolutely lights out game-saving saves. Trust me, I’ve seen those time and time again. There have been games this season where he had to make 5 or 6 of them to keep us in it. Tonight: 2 or 3 max. UND held the puck a lot, but they really didn’t get very many high-quality chances. That game came down to solid defense by Michigan in their own zone and sticking to their protect-the-lead-at-all-costs strategy, as well as poor decision-making on UND’s part (oh no, it may have been partially UND’s fault they lost :-O)

    Just an opinion of a Michigan student who may or may not know what he’s talking about. Regardless of what anybody says or who wins on paper, MICHIGAN was the better team tonight and MICHIGAN will be playing for a national championship on Saturday.

  • Hipcheck077

    Being a Minnesota fan, I usually want the WCHA teams to win, and I was pulling for UMD to beat Notre Dame. However, when it comes to UND, their fan base is just plain insufferable!! It just made me happy to see Michigan shut out UND and the Sioux fans hanging their heads in sorrow. All I can say is: “what goes around, comes around!!!” It’s going to be a while before the smile fades from my face!!!

    • hockeyfan2145

      yeah how about them gophers haha. hope the golf has been treatin them well

    • Expressor16

      Classy Hipcheck077, I cheered for the Ground Squirrels in 02 and 03 because conference comes first. I cheered for UMD in the afternoon game. I am a North Dakota fan, so ………. It was disappointing to see the bulk of maroon in the building cheering for the blue last night. Very sad. I will be pulling for UMD tonight even though I think Michigan will shut them down just like they did to UNO, CC and UND.

      • gophfan156

        People respect Coach Hextall and the play of the this team. The depth of talent was awesome and not overrated. But don’t you get it? The other WCHA fans in attendance may have been cheering for Blue last night, but it wasn’t cause we didn’t respect your team, it was because we don’t respect most of the UND fans and their behavior at games. Maybe this will get them to shutup and be respectable, but I doubt it.

        I had all kinds of Notre Dame fans and the pep band around me yesterday. They were respectable and a class act, as compared to Sioux fans I have sat around in the past.

        It’s time to go back to the fields Sioux fans until the next snow flies, and then you will be drinking your beer and back in the arenas again, because you have nothing better to do in that godforsaken land.

        • B.D.

          I have been poorly treated at UND/Gopher games in the twin cities. I have never seen such poor treatment of a Gopher fan at UND.
          Just saying.
          Its all perception.

          • Mich fan

            B.D. If you have a chance look at both Michigan goals on your DVR, let me know what you think of the Sioux fans that are on the glass and how much sportsmanship they showed. You make the call

  • suesuck

    I don’t know whats worse, Just having a couple of bad seasons, or choking in the final 4 so many times like und

    • Azrockpyle

      That’s because you’re a mindless troll who hides behind a computer at some community college. If you look at the history of the frozen four you’ll see that the teams that have won it the mos (Mich, Denver, UND, BC, Mnn) have also lost the most in the frozen 4. It’s like the Yankee’s you moron, who not only have won the most World Series, but also lost the most.

      • FirstballotHOF

        Actually AZcrockpile, you have it wrong. UND fans focus mostly on statistics and rankings and what they don’t get is it’s all about winning. I’m a die hard Yankee fan and getting into the playoffs isn’t enough for most of us, it’s about whether we have a chance to win it all and if we do. UND fans spend more time hating on teams like Yale than focusing on the prize

        • Azrockpyle

          I’m not sure where you’re coming up with this UND fans hating on Yale stuff. I hope it’s not from the blogs on this site! About the only team Sioux fans really hate is the Gophers. In order for there to be some hate there needs to be some kind of history. As a Yankee fan who do you hate: Boston or San Diego? See, you barely even know the Padres exist. Trust me, UND fans barely know Yale exists.
          That aside, my comment was focused on the “choking so many times” part of the statement. You would have to apply that statement to every elite program out there then. BC went 51 years before they won it all in 2001. Michigan has been in the tournament 24 straight years, yet haven’t won it all since 98′. Denver and Michigan State went years before winning it all in 04′ and 07′ respectively. By the nature of the tournament there is going to be 15 “losers” and only one winner, yet what is more preferable, “a couple of losing seasons” where you don’t get in the tournament or losing in the final four? Are the Yankees a bunch of chokers for having lost more World Series then anyone else? Hell no. And neither is UND, BC, Mich, Denver, BU, etc.

          • barrage of whine

            You obviously didn’t read much because UND fans trolled the Yale and ECAC threads in the forums all year as well as the comments to articles like this one. Constantly screaming that Yale was overrated. You didn’t hear much from BC fans or anyone else that might have had legitimate claims on the top spot in the polls. And once UND did have the top spot in the polls they whined about the Pairwise.

          • B.D.

            Hey, all three BC fans replied……
            Their applause was “spirited.”

    • Duh!

      Sioux are…

      OVER-RATED

      • Goalie Fan

        WOW GET A LIFE DUH! THE ONLY REASON YOU ARE ON HERE IS BECAUSE YOU WISH YOU HAD A GOOD TEAM TO CHEAR FOR! Im sure you and your oakland raiders, islanders etc… will have great years for you The sioux will reload and be back and you and ur duh asc will still be jealous You are sorry

  • hockeyfan2145

    from someone who actually attended the game and sat center ice: i felt the shots were deceiving as to the actual flow of the game. 20 shots for michigan seemed like an exaggeration. it would come out of their end, and they would maybe get a shot, and then it would be right back to defense, until they could ice it again. hunwick played an amazing game. michigan played exactly the kind of game it needed to win. clog the passing lanes, slow the game down, get a garbage goal, and cling to the lead for dear life

  • ddddangles

    Keep throwing out jeers those of you that lost out weeks ago! Great season Sioux. Let the ignorant haters say what they will. Class is in those that congradulate Hunwick on a brilliant game. In my opinion the Sioux controlled the game for a substantial part of the game, but in the end the “better team” was the team that won the game. Shots mean nothing with a goose egg on the board. Good luck to both teams come Saturday. It should be a great game, and any hockey fan can appreciate that. Best wishes to our outstanding senior class!

  • JCSiouxKC

    Wow – now that was some defense…congratulations to Michigan. While we did have the advantage in shots, there were very few that even had a chance of going in, and Hunwick made some terrific saves. While nobody else seems to mention it – Dell played an excellent game as well. He had a quite a few less shots to block, but in most games if your goalie only gives up one goal, you’ll usually win that game. That Michigan D though…was just…swarming. Quite impressive to watch. Congratulations to the Sioux for a hell of year, it’s been fun to watch. Go WCHA…Go UMD…bring home that first title!

    • Cthompson1983

      Go Michigan Wolverines bring home that 10th National Championship!

  • Bigbluefan

    For all you Michigan fans, give ND their due credit. I love Big Blue but from someone watching from the stands, ND was the better team. That’s just being honest. Their goalie was out of position on one shot. Of the 20 shots we had, 11 of them were beyond the blue line. We couldn’t do anything offensively. Our goalie played outstanding and won the game. My hats off to ND on a great season. If we played 10 times this year, you’d win 8. Red had a good game plan that worked this night. Unfortunately for you, we won the game that counted. For you Michigan fans, give credit where credit is due and stop sounding like fools proclaiming we have the better team. No one thinks that. We played a great game and we were fortunate. Good luck Saturday. Go Blue

    • Duh!

      Sioux are…

      OVER-RATED

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe no one is talking about the anti-WCHA bias. It is such crap that the NCAA made UND play a semi-final game against a CCHA team to get to the championship. They clearly wanted to make sure there wasn’t an all-WCHA final. Oh, wait a minute…..

  • minnesota fan

    UND is a better team, they played better, and they lost. sh-t happens. But to be honest UMD is also a better team than Michigan, so I cant wait to see Michigan get beat in the final

    • Duh!

      Sioux are…

      OVER-RATED

    • Cthompson1983

      You are wrong Minnesota fan. Michigan is a better team than UMD. Michigan is going to beat UMD in the final Saturday Night. Michigan is going to win the National Championship Saturday Night. I am going to say it again Minnesota fan you are wrong. Michigan is a better team than UMD. Michigan is going to beat UMD in the final on Saturday Night. Michigan is going to win the National Championship Saturday Night.

      Go Michigan Wolverines! Go Blue!

  • Rhasta

    Its been a while since I’ve seen a 5 7″ goalie single-handedly take down a national powerhouse! Go BLUE

  • Destreza99

    As an “EZ”AC fan (Clarkson alumnus), I honestly stand in awe at the level of competition I saw between the western conferences. Sioux fans have big mouths, period. So they’re of course going to get some ribbing here. The way I see it, North Dakota had far more individual talent. But were they the better “team?” I don’t think so. I admit I’m no expert, but it seems to me that the two best players for Michigan were Hunwick and Red Berenson lol. I think he outcoached UND and had his players better prepared. I also find it odd to see all the criticism of Michigan’s offense. They may not put the puck on net a lot, but they look to me to be the most OPPORTUNISTIC team offensively in the tourney. I was also impressed by their defense, particularly how it seemed to be based on stick handling in traffic rather than constantly smashing into someone. I think the puck handling of Michigan is underestimated too. Styles make games – Michigan was a poor matchup for UND. UND didn’t have a bad night. Their chemistry was nothing short of breathtaking the entire tourney. Michigan just did THAT well at throwing their game off – they didn’t break down mentally or physically like Yale or Notre Dame. The deal about UND being the only team able to beat UMD was a bunch of bunk – like it or not, Michigan did indeed beat UMD. That being said, it’s equally apparent UMD is going to win the whole thing much sooner than later. Much respect to the talent out west.

  • Michiganfan19

    Great game! Two very good teams. I dont think there is any question that UND has a great offense. From what I saw from the second period on, Mich wanted to get the first goal and then just collapse into their D zone every time UND got the puck past their on blueline. It looked like about 70% of UND’s shots were from tough angles or from the outside. I equate that to no different then UND blocking a ton of shots in the 2nd and 3rd period. UND owned the neutral zone, michigan owned their D end and simply ate up clock. I think the last thing they wanted to do is get into an open ice skating match with UND unless they had to. If UND would have tied it up I think this game would have opened up and would have been around 5-3 or something like that.

  • ilPadrino

    As someone who was in Milwaukee in 97, and saw that Michigan team – probably the most talented team in college hockey in the past quarter century – lose in the semis to BU, I know exactly how ND fans feel. When your expectations, for good reason, are to bring home the title, its a let down. But as we know, the best team doesn’t always win – the team that plays the best does. And Michigan played the best last night. They had the exact game plan needed to win (along with a hot goalie, of course). And that is the result of coaching. Red is the best, has had such great success, for a reason. He knew what kind of game Michigan needed to play to shut down ND, and his team bought into his plan.

    And coaching is why I think Michigan beats M-Duluth tomorrow. Red will prepare his team. But if Duluth wins, thats cool, as its always great when a team gets its first championship.

    • Cthompson1983

      I agree with you 100 percent ilPadrino Michigan beats M-Duluth tomorrow to win the National Championship.

  • SideStreet

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    • Duh!

      OVER-RATED

    • DannyKristo

      I wanted to score last night but my feet were too cold

    • Siouxpoo

      Sioux Fans: go back to your jobs at the sugar beet plant
      Sioux Players: go back home to Canada

    • Anonymous

      From USCHO: “Please also keep “woofing,” taunting, and otherwise unsportsmanlike behavior to a minimum. Your posts will more than likely be deleted, and worse yet, you reflect badly on yourself, your favorite team and your conference.”

      Great game by Michigan. All the credit in the world. Horrible reaction by a handful of bad fans of both Michigan and a few other teams on this board. Hate to see that taint a great effort by the team. Sad. Very sad.

      • Mo

        Waaaaa eat it eddie shore! Sioux fans deserve it! The beet plant comment rocked!

        • Anonymous

          Racism is born from people judging a group by its worst representatives. What you are doing is judging all Sioux fans and everyone associated with the team by its worst representatives. No doubt there are bad eggs out there in the Sioux crowd. No one would argue that. But don’t judge all by those bad ones. That just makes you look shallow and ignorant. It’s a dangerous and ugly way to live life.

  • Irish Spectre

    This interesting tourney’s playing out much like its basketball counterpart, with the best teams in this one (namely, N. Dakota and BC) failing to be there at the end (not that both could’ve anyway, due to how the brackets were established.)

    Anyway, it was nice to see the two ND’s lose last night, in the case of the Sioux because, let’s face it, they are basically a Canadien Junior team in college drag, and in the case of the Irish because, well, because I’m a BC guy!

    Also, it’s nice to see a class gentleman like Red Berenson prevail. For that reason, and because it’s argualbly better for college hockey’s overall prestige for “name brand” school’s to win it all, go Wolverines.

  • College Hockey Fan

    I have read so many comments about an extremely well played hockey game without many, if no, comments made as to the reason Michigan won. The Wolverines won three two primary reasons.

    The first reason they won is because of the Michigan penalty kill. There are so many instances in which a team will play back when they are on the kill. Michigan kept attack North Dakota when they were on the power play. The first power play the Sioux could barely get anything into Michigan’s zone, let alone quality chances. Michigan’s penalty killing attack caused turnovers throughout the entire game and kept the puck in the North Dakota zone more than they had during the season. Teams that are willing to put a defender on the player with the puck will cause disruption and make it more difficult for the power play team to get control of the puck in the offensive zone. Michigan did that extremely well all night and prevented North Dakota from establishing solid flow on the power play.

    The second reason was because of Hunwick’s positional play. This to me was the biggest key to Michigan’s victory. Hunwick made some amazing saves but his postioning was so defining to their victory. The “quality” scoring chances that North Dakota had were shut down because of Hunwick’s ability to keep his body square to the Sioux shooters. He made some wonderful sliding saves but he didn’t have to reach behind him to make them. Look at the lone goal, Dell was down and had to dive, almost behind himself, which generally doesn’t bode well to make a save and the puck went in the net.

    The final reason they won was because of blocked shots. One of my biggest pet peeves when players/coaches, for a team which is behind, get interviewed between periods is when they say “we just need to get pucks on the net.” Obviously that is the only way the puck can go in the net. North Dakota was getting stymied by the Michigan defense and they were trying to get pucks on the net which, in turn, inflated their shot total with lesser quality chances. With Hunwick’s play, they were clearly not going to be able to get a pretty goal. Hunwick gave a great deal of credit to his defense by saying “he didn’t think he had to make a save” in the remaining seconds of the game, even though North Dakota was buzzing around the net.

    This was a wonderfully played game by both teams and congratulations to Michigan for winning. I hope the championship game will be exciting and well played.

    • Aircorps41

      Totally Agree CH Fan, and I’m a Sioux fan. I wish the Sioux fans that comment on the forum about how great we are and how terrible everyone else is would stop. All you are doing is showing your ignorance and showing the rest of the nation that you don’t have any sportsmanship or respect. You are making the rest of the Sioux fans look bad. Take some pride in your team, state, college, players, fans and more than probably the rest, YOURSELF! Forums can be fun but this is getting to the point that a person doesn’t even want to respond because of how immature people have to be. Do I love the Sioux, YES! Do I go around blabbing about how great we are and how everyone else sucks, NO! There are so many great teams with so many great players out there! Do Sioux proud and show some class!

      • B.D.

        Hey, that comment was uncalled for.
        Largely most comments made by Sioux fans are explanatory of why an opinion is held regarding a teams quality.
        If we are not allowed to do that anymore, what is the point?

  • Anonymous

    Independent of which team was better last night, one thing we can all agree on is that Barry Melrose is an animal when it comes to preparing for serving as a balanced commentator for a game. The way he learned Michigan’s roster as the game played out was amazing and at least he’ll know the backstory on all those Sioux players for when they’re in the NHL. Did anyone catch his Master’s pick? Phil Mickelson?! Where did he pull that name from? The man is a sports savant.

    • Anonymous

      Hey, I like Barry, but seriously, how was he playing that up like it was an all time upset? It was the #2 team vs the #5 team. That’s not an upset. That’s an even matchup. Other than that unneccesary drama play, he was all good.

  • Guest

    If, (and that is a big if) Michigan beats UMD, do all of the WCHA fans really think it is just luck ? UNO, CC, UND gone. Did you want to see if Denver , Wisconsin, or one of the other WCHA teams want to play before you can give it up and say Michigan has a great team and a coach that rarely gets out coached?

  • 21 and counting

    Say…where’s DU_Fan, anyway? Did he run out of b.tchy things to say about U-M’s Theater of WCHA Pain tour? Or did they just run out of Haterade at King Soopers?

    I miss you, buddy.

  • Maize&Blue

    Lets not give ALL the credit to Hunwick tho. He played well, had a couple of big saves, but in reality Michigan gave away only a few good scoring chances. Aside from that they kept all the sioux shots from the outside. Although the shots were very lopsided i believe the number of quality chances were pretty even. The bottomline is Michigan played the game they needed to play to win.

  • Anonymous

    That was a great effort by both teams. I’m a Sioux fan, but I appreciated how Michigan played the game they needed to play, completely shutting down passing lanes, and pushing the Sioux out on rebounds, allowing their goalie to play a one dimensional game. It was a near perfect team effort on defense. I hope both UMD and Michigan bring their A games again tomorrow, and we get another great game. I’m just sorry to see how many people on this board are being absolute idiots about this whole thing. Get over yourselves, people. It’s a game. It’s a game we all love. That’s why we’re here. There’s no need for the type of posts that we’re seeing here. As the board says,
    “Please also keep “woofing,” taunting, and otherwise unsportsmanlike behavior to a minimum. Your posts will more than likely be deleted, and worse yet, you reflect badly on yourself, your favorite team and your conference.”
    Grow up, live it, and just enjoy the game, people.

    • Mich fan

      Good post. Thank you, and as you know this is a very small and insignificant percentage of real hockey fans on this site. If some these people played for me they would be riding the pine or grounded. North Dakota has a great team and fantastic program. Good game, good luck next year. I’m sure these teams will meet again. Michigan fan since 1972, and yes this makes me real old time hockey. Take care

      • Azrockpyle

        Dude, i couldn’t agree more. I was at a sports bar watching the game with a fair amount of Michigan and North Dakota fans. Everyone was civil and had a good time bantering back and forth. The 2nd and 3rd periods you could hear moans from the Sioux contingent and whews! from the Wolverine fans. At the end of the game i congratulated the UM fans for having won and having a better team today and good luck, and they said thanks and that they felt fortunate to win. It was a great game! Maybe all these troglodites should actually interact with real people instead of posting this crap. Michigan has an excellent team and I’m excited to see if UMD can win their first title. Good luck to both teams tomorrow.
        By the way, I was back at UND when the chant was “Kermits luck can guide our puck”–79′. I think that also qualifies as old time hockey.

  • ForwardRats

    Anyone could see that the game was over by 5 minutes left in the 2nd. UND made multiple bad clears, broken passes and just plain “huh?” plays. Not focussed. By the 10 minute mark in the 3rd, Sioux were frustrated and starting to crack. UMich simply had to continue to press against the UND forecheck, push the play to the boards, and game over. A flurry of Sioux chances with less than 10 in the game with no score meant lights out.

  • ForwardRats

    Note to North Dakota fans: claiming the championship before the game even starts is bad form. And bad karma.

    • B.D.

      Most of us qualified our opinions. Note comments by Suture etc.

  • India pale ale

    No, I am not oblivious to it at all. I think the are PLENTY of Sioux fans who have zero class and tact. I was just responding to the comment that UND was a second rate school, which it is not. It is a great school, as is Michigan, Minnesota, and, heaven forbid NDSU ! If they weren’t great schools they would not last.
    Too many people “hide” behind their keyboards, spewing garbage because it is anonymous.

    ND Smells Funny ? So does Minnesota, North Carolina, Colorado, any state that has a livestock industry smells funny ! Some of the biggest industrial plants smell even worse.

  • B.D.

    Hell, most other places smell worse….

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