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The Michigan Daily I michigandaily.com I March 15, 2010

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Freshman Kevin Lynch fights with Spartan Daultan Leveille in Michigan's 5-3 quarterfinal win on Saturday.
Upset sweep sends
to semifinals
By TIM ROHAN series 2-0. Michigan was 1-3 on the season
Daily Sports Writer Before the CCHA Tournament against the second-seeded Spar-
started on March 5, the Wolver- tans. But everything was clicking
EAST LANSING - Under- ines knew they had a hike ahead for the Wolverines, and Friday's
neath the visiting team bleachers of them if they were going to game was possibly their best game
at Munn Ice Arena, outside of the make the NCAA Tournament. Ten of the season.
visitors' wins - that's what they needed to Including the sweep over Lake
locker MICHIGAN 5 make the tournament and win the Superior State the previous week-
room, MICHIGAN STATE 1 national championship, and that's end, Michigan (14-13-1-0 CCHA,
fresh- where the mountain comes in. 23-17-1 overall) has exploded for
man MICHIGAN 5 "Our season was over if we 21 goals in four games. But the
forward MICHIGAN STATE 3 didn't emerge from this weekend, defense and steady play of junior
Kevin if we didn't make it to Joe Louis," goaltender Shawn Hunwick have
Lynch strolled down a green and Michigan coach Red Berenson paced the Wolverines as they
white corridor carrying a board. said. "This is a real tribute to this climb that mountain.
On it was a maize mountain set team." Michigan has allowed just six
against a blue background. Michigan had not played on the goals in its last four games, and in
Moments earlier, screams of joy road to get to Joe Louis Arena for the six games since Hunwick took
and elation were pouring out of the CCHA semifinals since 1987. over for an injured Bryan Hogan,
the Michigan hockey team's lock- But the Wolverines beat Michigan the Wolverines have a 1.83 goals
er room. The Wolverines had just State 5-1 on Friday and 5-3 on Sat- against average and two shutouts.
beat rival Michigan State 5-3 on urday to keep their season alive. Berenson really wanted his
the Spartans' home ice to sweep Coming into the weekend, the team to put a greater emphasis on
the second-round CCHA playoff sweep seemed improbable since See STATE, Page 3B
Playoff domination shows
Michigan s potential

I eserve
a teacher who does more
than care about me.
I deserve
a teacher who has worked
alongside some of the best
teachers in my school system.

Call it a shellacking, a
woodshed beatingor
just pure domination,
the Michigan hockey team beat
Michigan State in every facet of
the game in its
CCHA quar- 1
terfinal sweep
of the Spar- ,
tans this past
Com- ~f
ing into the
playoff series MARK
against No. 2 BURNS
seed Michi-
gan State, the
were hands-down the underdog.
They had finished seventh
in the final conference stand-
ings, and after their first-round
sweep of Lake Superior State last
weekend, the Michigan had a
date with its intrastate rival for

a tough best-of-three series, not
only against the conference's best
team, but also at Munn Ice Arena.
And I'll be honest, I didn't
expect a series win for the Maize
and Blue - and most people
would probably agree with me on
this one. Despite Shawn Hunwick
leading the Wolverines to three
wins in four games, they still
didn't have their true number-one
starter in Bryan Hogan, and were
also without their top defense-
man and senior captain, Chris
Summers. Not to mention they
had beaten the Spartans only
once in four tries this season.
If Michigan was going to clinch
a trip to Detroit, it would be by a
slim margin, maybe an overtime
win in the third and deciding
game in East Lansing - or soI
For much of the season, the
Wolverines have disappointed,
but in their 5-1 and 5-3 wins

against Michigan State, they
proved why they're one of the
best teams in the country when
they can string together a com-
plete game - or for this week-
end's sake, two. And that's why
they can make a trip to the NCAA
Tournament for the 20th straight
For 115 of 120 minutes of game
time this weekend, Michigan
smacked around Michigan State
and dictated the tempo of play
from the get-go. From the open-
ing minutes on Friday night, you
had a sense that the Wolverines
didn't think of themselves as an
underdog on the road, ina semi-
hostile environment and with a
lose-and-go home scenario pend-
Michigan jumped on the
Spartans early and often, nab-
bing three goals in the opening
period Friday, and really never
See BURNS, Page 3B


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