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CHECKING FROM BEHIND

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID
"I don't think it's a two-goalie team.
Bill's our goalie, and we're going to
ride him out as long as he's playing
well. He's playing great, so I think he
just took the night off."
- Michigan senior alternate captain CHAD
KOLARIKon freshman goalie Bryan Hogan
making his first start Saturday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Max Pacioretty
MICHIGAN
The freshman forward continued his strong
play on the first line by notching 2 goals
and one assist, including the only power-
play goal of the weekend.

4

The Daily hockey writers rate the Wolverines on their per-
formance in each of four areas.
(Rated out of four pucks)
OFFENSE
Michigan had its worst offensive
" game of the year Friday with lust two
goals, both in the third period. But
the team rebounded with three first-
period goals Saturday and showed
scoring versatility it's recently lacked.
Michael Eisenstein *0
DEFENSE
The 'D' was stout Saturday night,
allowing just 28 shots to find their
way to freshman goalie Bryan
Hogan. But Friday night left a

Friday
OHIO STATE 3 - MICHIGAN 2

Saturday
MICHIGAN 4 - OHIO STATE 2

4

SPLIT DECISION
Hogan shuns nerves, ends Buckeye sweep hopes

4

sour taste in everyone's mouth.
GOALTEN DING
Sauer had his weakest game
Friday, but he wasn't helped by
Michigan's all-around lacklus-
ter effort. Hogan's encouraging
debut Saturday can be nothing
but good for Michigan.

Courtney Ratkowiak

By COURTNEY RATKOWIAK
Daily Sports Writer
Just 10 minutes into freshman
Bryan Hogan's first start as a Wolver-
ine, he found himself watching Ohio
State senior Tommy Goebel prepare
for a penalty shot.
"Oh, you've got to be kidding me,"
he thought.
He stood, frozen, in front of the net.
Michigan senior Chad Kolarik skat-
ed over.
"It doesn't get anybetter than this,"
Kolarik told him.
Goebel skated in, faked right and
shotlowleft. Hoganwasn't fooled. The
6,700 fans at Yost Ice Arena roared.
Kolarik was right- for a freshman's
debut in net, it doesn't get better than
that.
"He sees a million reps with us,"
freshman Matt Rust said. "We stay on
the ice for 30, 40 minutes after prac-
tice, just doing straight penalty shots.
I was pretty confident he was going to
be able to stop it."
Hogan's belated Wolverine debut,
a 4-2 win Saturday, was his first game
in six months after a bout with mono-
nucleosis left him off the ice for four
weeks. He returned to practice on Oct.
29 and traveled with the team for the
first time in mid-November but wasn't
expecting to play until after Winter
Break.
Michigan coach Red Berenson told
Hogan he was starting after the Wol-
verines' pregame skate Saturday.
"There were some jitters in the
beginning," Hogan said. "I wasn't
playing the puck very well and you

could hear the crowd going crazy,
like, 'What is he doing?' Once I calmed
down, I started playing the puck bet-
ter."
Hogan had 10 saves in the first
period, but the Buckeyes took just two
shots in the second stanza - one of
which was Hogan's first goal allowed.
Ohio State forward John Dingle skated
in on Hogan and faked a shot before
stuffing the puck between Hogan's
legs.
Ohio State outshot Michigan 16-10
in the third period,but Hogan stood up
against the barrage of Buckeye shots,
allowing just one goal in the period.
Michigan goalie coach Josh Black-
burn said Hogan's biggest asset Satur-
day was his speed and "ability to find
a fifth gear" while in the middle of a
fast-paced game. Hogan played high
in the crease and often left the net to
clear pucks.
"We were working on the funda-
mentals ... when he first got here, and
then he got mono and, basically, we
had to start all over," Blackburn said.
"But he caught on quickly, worked
really hard in practice, and I think it
paid off tonight. He had a great game.
I'm sure he was pretty nervous. So was
I. But he was awesome."
Hogan said he needed to communi-
cate better with the defense, an under-
standable concern considering how
sparingly he's played with the team
to date. But Hogan and sophomore
defenseman Steve Kampfer especially
seemed in tune. After Hogan lost his
stick in a scuffle near the net late in the
first period, Kampfer passed his stick
to Hogan and helped block shots until

4

SPECIAL TEAMS
Michigan came into the weekend
with almost a 25 percent power
play conversion rate. But the
Wolverines were just 1-for-13 in
two games against the Buckeyes.
Plus, Michigan allowed its first
Nate Sandais shorthanded goal of the season.
IN THE STANDS
The students were back at Yost after taking a week
off during the College Hockey Showcase. It was the
loudest it's been all season Saturday after fresh-
man goalie Bryan Hogan stopped Ohio State senior
Tommy Goebel's penalty shot in the first period.
The weekend's best chant was "Dingle
berry," which rained down each time Ohio
State's John Dingle had the puck.
NOTABLE NUMBER
91 The percentage of Michigan's
points - 10 of 11 - scored by fresh-
men in Saturday's 4-2 win.
SATURDAY'S SCORING
Michigan 4, Ohio State 2
Ohio State .................................................................. 0 1 1 - 2
M ichigan ...................................................................3 1 0 - 4
FIRST PERIOD
1. MICH Matt Rust 5 (Aaron Palushaj, Carl Hagelin) 4:30. 2. MICH Carl
Hagelin 5 (Aaron Palushaj, Matt Rust) 8:01. 3. MICH Max Pacioretty 4
(Aaron Palushaj, Chad Langais) 12:01. Penalties - Chad Langlais, MICH
(CTH elbowing) 9:48; Tim Miller, MICH (delaying the game) 10:23; Jason
ehantis, OSU (CTHroughint) 11:29; John Dinge, 0SU (cross-checking)
1232; Kesin Porter, MICH (ehowing) 1714; SergioS omma, 000 (roughint
ATW 10:10.
SECOND PERIOD
4.OSU John Dingle 2 (unassisted) 8:25.5MICH Max Pacioretty 5(Kevin
Porter) 16:01. Penalties - Matt Rust, MICH (CT H roughing) 2:19; Peter
Boyd, OSU (CTH roughing) 2:19; Mark Mitera, MICH (hit after whistle)
8:45; Kevin Porter, MICH (CTH high-sticking) 10;37; Shane Sims, OSU
(hooking)18:33; Max Pacioretty, MICH (tripping) 18:57.
THIRD PERIOD
6. OSU Sergio Somma 5 (Brad Gorham, Chris Reed) 5:02. Penalties - John
Single, 005 (slashing) 8:30; Chris Sumeres, MICH (slashint) 8:30; nrian
L'bter, MICH (CTH high-stickintri1240; Brad Gorham, 0s0inCT :sth-
ing) 14:12; Brad Gorham, OSU (CTH elbowing) 18:02; Tristin Llewellyn,
MICH (interference) 18:02.
Shots ongoal: MICH 11-13-10-34;OSU10-2-16-28.Power plays: MICH1-for-5;0SU 0-for-
6 Saves - MICH Bryan Hogan (10-1-15) - 26; OSU Joseph Palmer (8-12-
10) --30. Referee: Keith Sergott. Attendance: 6,751.

ZACHARY MEISNER/Daily
Goalie Bryan Hogan makes the save on a Tommy Goebel penalty shot in the first period.

Hogan could clear the puck.
In all, Hogan's 26-saveperformance
was enough to impress the Michigan
coaching staff and reopen the inevi-
table question of more playing time for
the freshman.
Berenson said before the season
the starting goalie position was up
for grabs. Even though Hogan's ill-
ness eliminated any competition with
Sauer in the season's first two months,
Berenson didn't rule out the prospect
of Sauer and Hogan splitting time dur-
ing future series.
"I think we'll have to evaluate our
goalie situation, because it's obvious-

ly different than it was a week ago,"
Berenson said. "Hogan's had a game
and looked like he's ready to play and
ready to battle, so it'll be good for Billy
and that'll be good for our team."
But Kolarik dismissed talk of poten-
tial competition for the starting goalie
spot and said the reason Hogan made
his debut Saturday was because Sauer
told the Michigan coaches he was get-
ting tired.
"I don't think it's a two-goalie
team," Kolarik said. "Bill's our goalie,
and we're going to ride him out as long
as he's playing well. He's playinggreat,
so I think he just took the night off."

Rivalry on ice heats up with physical play, bad blood4

By MICHAEL EISENSTEIN
Daily Sports Writer
Most people don'texpect the Michi-
gan-Ohio State pigskin rivalry to carry
over in magnitude from the football
field to the hockey rink.
Well,here's evidence tothe contrary:
12 roughing and elbowing penalties,
including 10 for contact to the head in
two games and a NOTEBOOK
small scuffle after
the first period
Friday night. Senior captain Kevin
Porter, who had sat in the penalty box
for just two minutes all season, was
penalized twice as many times in Sat-
urday's game for elbowing and contact
to the head.
Why? The Wolverines' nation-
leading 12-game winning streak was
snapped Friday and, well, Michigan
was playing Ohio State with Yost Ice
Arena the loudest it has been all sea-
son.
"With a game with alot of emotions
like that, you obviously get a little too
into things and you might take a slash
the wrong way," said freshman Matt
Rust, who tallied a goal, an assist and
two penalty minutes Saturday. "It's
kind (of) hard to walk away from
things when your emotions are going
so high."
Last season, the second game of the
seriesendedwithout post-game hand-
shakes because of a late hit on Porter
and an ensuing skirmish, but fellow-
senior Chad Kolarik didn't think that
BUCKEYES
From page 1B
can build off that."
A fourth freshman, goalie Bryan
Hogan, did his part in earning Michi-
gan (9-1-0 CCHA, 14-2-0 overall) a
CCHA STANDINGS

BEN SIMON/Daily
Michigan and Ohio State tussled after the whistle blew many times during the weekend.

'M' STATS
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM Sht
Porter 16 16 10 26 +12 6 51
Kolarik 16 11 11 22 +10 4 74
Palushaj 16 5 13 18 -1 2 25
Pacioretty 16 5 10 15 +12 30 50
Langlais 16 0 11 11 +5 18 20
Hagelin 16 5 5 10 +9 10 25
Rust 15 5 5 10 +4 29 19
Kampfer 15 2 7 9 +8 12 21
Turnbull 16 5 3 8 +9 30 30
Caporusso 9 3 5 8- +6 0 10
Mitera 16 1 5 6 +13 22 23
Winnett 16 3 2 5 +4 4 25
Miller 16 0 5 5 0 12 14
Summers 16 0 4 4 +9 16 16
Lebler 13 2 1 3 0 42 11
Fardig 11 1 2 3 +1 10 13
Naurato 10 1 2 3 -1 8 23
Ciraulo 6 1 1 2 +1 2 4
Sauer 15 0 2 2 0 0 0
Quick 11 0 1 1 +6 6 5
Vaughan 11 0 1 1 +7 8 9
Llewellyn 11 0 1 1 +1 14 5
TEAM 16 66 125 191 -- 285 473

would carry over from last year.
While playing Ohio State likely
exacerbated the situation, Kolarik
said the Buckeyes' frustrating style
and the aggravation of losing led to
the increased physicality of the game.
Friday was also the first time Michi-
gan was held scoreless for the game's
win.
Playing in his first collegiate game
with junior Billy Sauer getting the
night off, Hogan faced hockey's ulti-
mate test to preserve Michigan's lead
midway through the first period.
With his team already shorthand-
ed, junior Tim Miller covered the
AROUND THE CCI
1 Pts Friday's results:
0 20 Ohio State 3, MICHIGAN 2
Bowling Green 3, WAYNE STATE
18 FERRIs STATE 4, Western Michigan
18 Michigan State 3, LAKE SUPERioR
12 ALAsKA 4, Northern Michigan 1
NOTRE DAME5, Nebraska-Omaha
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10 Saturday's results:
10 MIcHIGAN 4, Ohio State 2
BowLNG GREEN 6, Wayne State
9 NOTRE DAME 5, Nebraska-Omaha
4 Michigan StateS, Lake Superior
Strthern Michigan 4, AiSGA 2
0 4 Ferris State 3, WETERNsMtCHIGA

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playing Ohio State, but they play a frus-
trating style and I think guys let it get
to them."
POWERING DOWN:It's difficult not
to blame the power play for Friday's 3-
2 loss. The unitwent 0-for-8 and let up
its first shorthanded goal of the season
off a Kolarik turnover at the blue line.
But it wasn't just an off weekend that
had the fifth-ranked power-play unit
in the country scrapping to a conver-
sion rate just above seven percent
(compared to 24 percent on the sea-
son). Sure, three early-game posts Fri-
day didn't help, but Ohio State knew
exactly how the unit's play was going
to unfold at each turn and every pass
- and the Buckeyes were there to stop
the Wolverines.
The Buckeyes covered Michigan
aggressively down low ("that's our
play," accordingtoKolarik) andleftthe
lone defenseman, Chad Langlais (no
goals on the year) open at the point.
"Our power play is no secret," fresh-
man Max Pacioretty said. "They've
been watching the film, so we've got to
change it up. We're working on chang-
ing it up right now."
NOTES: Porter notched just two
assists and no goals in the weekend
eries, but still leads the country in
both goals scored and points tallied.
.. After this weekend, every Wol-
verine who's dressed for a game this
year has notched a point except for
freshman goalie Bryan Hogan, who
made his debut between the pipes
Saturday.
enior leaders - Porter and Chad
olarik, the nation's two leading
corers entering the weekend - had a
elatively quiet night, statistically.
"(Porter) had one point tonight,"
acioretty said. "He's been hav-
ng three-point nights almost every
ight, but he still played an awesome
ame, blockingshots and making hits.
t helps us to see our captain doing lit-
e things like that, and he's happy for
he freshmen) when we put stuff up
n the scoreboard."
A night after Michigan's senior-led
'in streak came to an end, it was the
'eshmen that might have jumpstart-
d Wolverines' next run. 4
BLOGS
Live biogs from
every Michigan
hockey game and
more.

Team

CCHA ( Overal

1, Notre Dame 10-2-0 14-4-
2. Miami 9-1-0 13-1-C
3. Michigan 9-1-0 14-2-i
4. Michigan State 6-2-0 10-3-
5. Ferris State 6-4-0 7-6-1
6. Bowling Green 5-3-0 8-4-t
7. Northern Michigan 5-9-0 6-10-
8. Nebraska-Omaha 4-7-1 5-7-1

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9. Ohio State
10. WesternMichigan
11. Alaska
12. Lake Superior

2-8-0
2-8-0
1-6-1
0-8-0

4-11-1
4-10-0
1-8-1
2-11-1

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