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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 5

Seniors leave Yost on 13-game home winning streak

By STEPHEN J. NESBITT
Daily Sports Editor
When the crowd at Yost Ice
Arena spelled out "C-H-A-R-
L-I-E S-H-E-E-N" midway
through the third period on Sat-
urday, it wasn't
just blowing NOTEBOOK
smoke in refer-
ence to a current pop-culture
phenomenon.
The student section finished
the chant by belting Sheen's
now-familiar catchphrase,
"winning," just minutes before
the No. 5 Michigan hockey team
capped off its home finale, a 4-1
victory over Bowling Green.
The only real difference is
that Charlie Sheen has been
winning for two weeks - the
Wolverines have been winning
at Yost for four straight months.
Saturday's victory marked
exactly four months since the
Wolverines last lost at home -
a 3-1 loss to then-No. 11 Notre
Dame. Since then, Michigan
has won 13 consecutive games
at Yost, finishing with a sterling
16-2-1 home record.
"You couldn't play in front of
better fans than Michigan hock-
ey fans," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "No matter what
kind of weather it is out, no mat-
ter what's going on around the
sporting world ... they find their
way here, they're behind the
team, they give them support. If
you can't play hockey here, you
can't play anywhere.
"Someday they'll replace this
building, but they won't replace
it."
For the seniors, participat-
ing in their final game in the
old barn, the weekend brought
about some emotional memo-
ries.
Even senior forward Matt
Rust, normally a straight-faced

bruiser, let the moment sink in suffered a broken collarbone
before he stepped off the ice. on Friday, two top-tier scorers
"Like I've said before about were missing on the power play.
the whole senior thing, I don't But that didn't slow down the
think it's going to hit you until power play. Bowling Green gave
the last game," Rust said Satur- the Wolverines 12 man-advan-
day. "Tonight was kind of a dif- tage situations, and Michigan's
ferent story, it was the last game patchwork unit cashed in on
at Yost. I can only speak for three of them. It was the power
myself, but I got a little choked play's first three-goal weekend
up leaving the ice. since an early-January meeting
"All four years here have been with Michigan State.
phenomenal for me. It's been the The power play, now sitting at
best four years of my life. Hope- 17.8-percent efficiency, has con-
fully I'll get a shot at the next verted at least a goal in four of
level, but if this (Yost) is the last the last five games.
But that success has only
come on the heels of hard work,
spurned by the disappointment
"If Yost is the of six consecutive games with
no man-advantage goals that
last place I play, spanned through much of Feb-
ruary.
I'll consider "We've worked hard enough
in practice," Berenson said. "It
mysef . lcy." looked like theyhad a little more
confidence, a little more author-
ity and moved (the puck) well.
And they had some results, too,
place I play, I'll consider myself and that gives you some confi-
very, very lucky." dence."
The Wolverines will trade the 'WHO DAT?' - GOALIE EDI-
friendly confines of Yost for Joe TION: As was the case in the
Louis Arena next weekend - the series finale against Northern
seniors' fourth trip to Detroit as Michigan on Feb. 26, senior
one of the CCHA Tournament's goaltender Shawn Hunwick
final four remaining teams. was pulled midway through the
And Michigan, riding an third period on Saturday on the
eight-game winning streak, brink of a shutout.
couldn't be much hotter. But As senior Bryan Hogan skated
even though Joe Louis is hard- over to the Michigan net during
ly more than a hop, skip and a timeout with 12 minutes left in
another hop from Ann Arbor, it the game, the Yost crowd didn't
certainly won't have the same miss the cue, chanting the two-
Michigan-centric atmosphere year starter's name as he lim-
as Yost. bered up in the crease.
POWER PLAY PRODUCES: Hogan - whose season was
With senior forward Louie cut short by a groin injury in
Caporusso absent due to injury, December - hadn't played at
the Michigan bench was already Yost since a Nov. 19 matchup
depleted entering its series against Lake Superior State.
against the Falcons. And after "It was great, especially when
junior forward David Wohlberg they were chanting my name,"

Senior forward Carl Hagelin is part ofa senior class that played its last game at Yost Ice Arena last weekend.

Hogan said. "Obviously, it was
tough getting back in there, I
didn't feel myself really. But it
was great to play my last game
here -- I thought Northern
Michigan might have been it,
but glad I got to play here."
In Marquette, it was Hun-
wick who pulled himself, but
this time Berenson initiated the
goaltending substitution. And
Berenson added another wrin-
kle in the final two minutes of

play, when he sent in freshman
goaltender Adam Janecyk to
make his first-ever appearance
for the Wolverines.
"We talked about it between
periods, if the situation came
up we would put Hoagie in, and
even Janny if we got a chance
late," Berenson said. "It's good
for them, it's good for the team,
and it's good for everyone - you
never know if Hoagie's going to
have to play. Right now, I think

everyone feels involved and
invested in the team."
NOTES: Senior defenseman
Chad Langlais started both
games against Bowling Green -
the 166th and 167th consecutive
starts of his career - to set the
Michigan record for consecu-
tive games played ... Caporusso
practiced with the team on
Monday, skating at full speed,
and expects to play this week-
end.

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