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Icers head to Columbus
for series with Buckeyes

Amaker returns to
Crisler with Harvard

Daily Sports Writer
To just about every Michigan
athletic program, a matchup
with Ohio State
draws talk of Michigan at
the rivalry. Ohio State
But for the
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hockey team, Michigan 8-4-
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an upcoming
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up in Columbus at d3
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than two games
Michigan needs Where: Value
to win to come City Center
home with a six- TV/Radio:
point weekend. lie Ten
"I can't sell Network
(the team) a Live Blog:
rivalry that michigandaily.
really doesn't comw
exist," Michi-
gan coach Red
Berenson said after Wednesday's
Over the history of the series,
the Wolverines (7-2-1-0 CCHA,
8-4-4 overall) have more than
taken care of business against
the Buckeyes, boasting a 65-30-
11 series advantage. But Berenson
said that Michigan tends to bring
out the best in Ohio State.
"We can do all the scouting we
want ... but (Ohio State) will be
a different team when they play
us," Berenson said.
Despite holding the historical
edge, the Wolverines haven't had
as much recent success against
the Buckeyes. Looming in the
rear view mirror is the fact that
Michigan has split three of its
last four series with Ohio State
dating back to the 2007-08 sea-
son. g
Coming off a tie with Wis-

consin and a 3-1 loss to No. 15
Minnesota in the 18th and final
College Hockey Showcase last
weekend, the Wolverines have
faced the reality that, to be a top-
tier team, they need to perform
both nights, regardless of the
opponent or environment.
"The only people that can beat
us are ourselves," senior forward
Scooter Vaughan said. "(Last)
weekend in Wisconsin, special
teams beat us. The next Sunday
we came out flat, and they had
the power-play goal. We didn't
rebound as well, we weren't real-
ly in there.
"I think if we come out and
play our game and don't worry
about the other team as much, I
mean we need to respect them,
but if we come out and do what
we need to do, we're going to
have a good game."
Ohio State coach Mark
Osiecki, formerly a member of
Wisconsin's coaching staff, is in
his first year as head coach of the
Coming off a weekend split
with a shootout win and a loss to
No. 14 Alaska, Ohio State (2-5-1-
1, 5-7-1) is riding the recent suc-
cesses of junior Danny Dries,
who factored into each of the
Buckeyes' three goals against
Alaska, and senior Peter Boyd,
who is three points shy of netting
100 career points for Ohio State.
But this weekend's match-
up looks to be a battle on each
defensive end, as Michigan and
Ohio State rank 17th and 22nd
in team defense, respectively.
The Wolverines allowed seven
goals in the Showcase last week-
end - four on Friday and three
on Sunday - and know that they
will need their netminders to
be stingy, especially against an
Ohio State power play that ranks

fifth in the CCHA.
Senior goaltender Shawn Hun-
wick is expected to start on Fri-
day, with Bryan Hogan getting
the nod in Saturday's contest.
"I think when you go on the
road, you've really got to be self-
ish defensively," Berenson said.
"If there's a battle cry going
into this weekend, it's going to
be defense. Better defense, bet-
ter penalty killing, stay out of
the box and then we'll make our
chances count. We can't have to
score five goals to win a game on
the road."
As Ohio State will be Michi-
gan's last opponent before The
Big Chill at the Big House, the
outdoor hockey game to be
played at Michigan Stadium
against Michigan State, the Wol-
verines have to put their sub-par
"(Ohio State)
will be a differ-
ent team when
they play us."
Showcase weekend behind them
and remain focused on rebound-
ing against the Buckeyes.
"(In) road hockey, we're not
putting on a show," Vaughan
"We're trying to take the
momentum away from them.
They're the home team, they
have the home crowd. They're
trying to put on a show, we're
just trying to shut them down.
We're going to get pucks deep,
hit guys and just get everything
to the net."

Daily Sports Writer
Harvard's men's basketball
coach TommyAmaker is nostrang-
er to Michigan basketball.
In fact,
Amaker has won Harvard at
almost as many
games with the Michigan
Wolverines as Matchup:
current Michi- Harvard 5-1;
gan coach John Michigan 4-2
Beilein. When: Satur-
In Amaker's day at 1 p.m.
seven years of Where:
coaching in Ann Crisler Arena
Arbor, he won TV:
an NIT title Big Ten
and amassed a Network
109-83 record, Live Blog:
posting four michigandaily
winning seasons
in the process.
In March 2007, the Michigan Ath-
letic Department fired Amaker
and hired Beilein in his place just a
month later.
This Saturday, Amaker returns
to Crisler Arena for the first time
to take on Michigan (4-2). In 2007,
Amaker coached his first game
against the Wolverines and won
62-51 in Cambridge, Mass.
In a teleconference on Thursday
morning, Amaker said he isn't ner-
vous about how the fans at Crisler
will greet him. He said he's just
excited to play Michigan since it
will be a competitive game for his
Harvard (5-1) is riding a five-
game winning streak since los-
ing to George Mason, 66-53 in its
opening game. Like Michigan, the
Crimson boast a roster without any
fourth-year players. Junior for-
ward Keith Wright and sophomore
guard Christian Webster have
led Harvard to its best start since

Freshman forward Evan Smotrycz led Michigan with 18 points against Clemson.

Amaker took the reigns in 2007.
Wright and Webster have both
averaged 16 points a game and
accounted for more than 45 per-
cent of the Crimson's scoring this
season. Most recently, Webster tal-
lied 18 points and a team-high four
rebounds to blow out Fordham,
But Michigan has showed that
it can compete against big-time
shooters and even hang in games
against top-notch defenses.
The Wolverines are coming off
arguablythe best week oftheir sea-
son. Though they have lost two of
their last three games, they nearly
pulled off an upset against then-
No. 9 Syracuse on Nov. 26. The
Orange beat Michigan 53-50 after
the Wolverines led by two going
into halftime. Less than 24 hours
later, they lost 65-56 to the Univer-
sityof Texas -1ElPaso.
On Tuesday, Michigan traveled
again and defeated Clemson at
Littlejohn Coliseum, 69-61, in the

ACC/Big Ten Challenge, a game
that the Tigers were favored in.
Freshman forward Evan
Smotrycz led the Wolverines with
a game-high 18 points and six
Freshman guard Tim Hardaway
Jr. also helped in the upset effort,
adding 15 points of his own. Michi-
gan led by as many as 20 points in
the contest.
"It was big for us to have that
type of expert and execution
(against the Tigers)," Beilein said
after the Wolverines' win against
the Tigers. "It becomes so men-
tal after that. You just want to go
home, butyou've still gottoplay."
On Saturday, the Wolverines
return home after a three-game
stretch on the road. Michigan
remains undefeated at Crisler this
year, but Harvard will be its first
true test athome.
As for Amaker and the Crimson,
a win in Ann Arbor would solidify a
hopeful start for a young team.


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