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Junior forward Andrew Sinelli scored Michigan's only goal Saturday as the Gophers completed a sweep with a 4-1 win.
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"(Wilcox) played really well,
first period but on our side, we need to
capitalize on the chances we
get," said sophomore forward
By ERIN LENNON Boo Nieves. "We didn't tonight
Daily Sports Writer and that resulted in the loss."
Throughout the entirety of
NNEAPOLIS - The the game, offensive surges were
0 Michigan hockey team short lived.
ained possession for Midway through the final
than frame, Gophers forward Sam
inute MICHIGAN 1 Warning lay flat on his back,
first MINNESOTA 4 and freshman forward Michael
r Downing found himself ejected
on Saturday, recovering for the second time in as many
than a handful of chances games. Three minutes into
e sophomore forward the five-minute major penalty,
ew Copp whiffed on a Minnesota (10-2-2, 21-4-5) put the
allowing No. 2 Minnesota nail in the coffin - a fourth goal
ar the puck. from forward Hudson Fascing.
ibly upset by the missed "I told our team, that's a
tunity, Copp slammed measuring stick," Berenson
ick on the ice as he skated said. "That's what we're up
ds the bench. against, and they're as good as
h6sound ofthe horn,Copp, anyone we've seen'all year."'
said he has been putting " Though Michigan (6-5-1 Big
are on himself recently, Ten, 14-9-3 overall) dominated
no less frustrated as he much of the firstperiod -junior
I up at a 4-1 scoreboard in forward Andrew Sinelli earned
of the Golden Gophers, the Wolverines' first goal less
his team dropped its third than two minutes into the game
ht contest. - Warning tipped a puck in late,
hought we came out good tying the game at one.
first period, and in the "There's not much to brag
d period, and the third about at all," Berenson said. "It
I," said Michigan coach was a good goal for him and for
erenson. "But you have to our team, but we've scored four
lize on those chances. I goals in the last three games
lht our power play played ... goals were precious this
nd we had some really good weekend."
but we just couldn't score." Once Minnesota found its
ying with the same sense groove, Michigan was quickly
gency it had in the first forced to play from behind. It
, Michigan created several took the Gophers less than three
g opportunities early in minutes to take the lead in the
ird frame. Junior forward second frame, when forward
er Hyman and senior Connor Reilly fired a shot past
DeBlois came close, but sophomore goaltender Steve
stopped by Minnesota Racine. Ten minutes later,
nder Adam Wilcox, who Minnesota forward Nick Condon

found 0twine, extending the
Gophers' lead to two - a deficit
the Wolverines had also found
themselves in the night before.
As they had Friday, the
Wolverines took penalties
early, but remained strong on
the penalty kill. Hyman turned
several clears into offensive
opportunities, and Racine -
who started in net for a second
time after seven-straight
games on the bench - stood
on his head when the Golden
Gophers found their offensive
The unit finished 4-for-5 in
the game, and is now 19 for its
last 21 since Jan. 24 against
Michigan State.
But while the penalty kill
found success for a second
night, a power play that scored
two goals Friday was shut down
three times Saturday. Each of
Michigan's last three losses
featured more time on the
penaltykill than the ower pla'.
And at even strength on both
ends, the Wolverines were no
match for a Minnesota team
that's proven itself time and
time again this season.
"Red said we kind of grew
up a little bit," Nieves said. "It's
definitely a little bit of a wakeup
to know that a team that's tops in
our conference is going to beat
us twice in their building, so we
definitely need to take it to them
when they get into ourbuilding."
Saturday marked the second
time Michigan was swept this
season, but the second time to
a Big Ten opponent. With the
loss, Michigan falls to third
place in the Big Ten standings
with just six games remaining
in conference play.
What happened Friday: The
Gophers halted the Wolverines'
comeback effort with a late goal,
never trailing in a5-3 victory.

last six games
Daily Sports Editor
hockey coach Red Berenson set
a goal for the second half of the
season to improve special teams.
His players have responded well
to that request, posting numbers
that would please any coach in
the country.
The Wolverines have scored
on the power play three out of
10 times in the past four games.
Defensively, the penalty-killing
unit has been the brightest
spot. Michigan has allowed just
two goals in the past six games
while shorthanded despite
taking 21 penalties in that
span, holding opponents to a
9-percent conversion rate with
the man advantage.
Both power play goals that
Berenson's team conceded came
the weekend
of Feb. 14-15 at
Minnesota. The "Ther
second tally 0
could easily be minutes
forgivable, too,
as the puck time t]
zipped past were all
Steve Racine
after Michigan
had already killed 3:02 of a
five-minute major penalty to
freshman defenseman Michael
Playing shorthanded for five
minutes taxed the Wolverines'
offense, and numerous penalties
negated the opportunity to
establish more potency on their
own power play.

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for illegal contac
Both hits came
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spent six of the f
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outshot, 16-5.
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a tough start."
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Minnesota alon
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Saturday's game,
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r the weekend physicality did just the opposite.
ct to the head. Junior defenseman Andrew
in the third Sinelli cross checked the throat
e two game of a Gophers' player after the
pitomized an whistle to squander any chance
'verines' game of a late comeback.
needs to be Sinelli's time in the penalty
box allowed him to mull over
ee consecutive how much playing shorthanded
king too many stalled his team.
"It's definitely tough," Sinelli
irst period of said. "It kind of ruins the flow
up, Michigan of the game a little bit and ruins
inal 10 minutes our flow."
kill and was Frustration might be
inevitable when you're on the
enalties didn't verge of losing three straight
aid. "There are games and minutes from being
-zone time that swept by an old-time rival for
er us, getting a the first time in over 25 years.
ntum. So it was But for a team that emphasizes
making no excuses, they'll need
sie series at to excuse themselves from
ne, Michigan mental lapses that have often
ping 48 penalty killed waves of momentum.
numbers are "The penalty kill was really
with Downing good," said sophomore forward
those with two Boo Nieves. "Copp, (freshman
cts, but being forward JT Compher), wDerek,
seven separate you know, guys like that were
and five more going every other shift and
bode well for putting their bodies on the
nit that's still line for us just to get those two
struggling to minutes over with."
finish scoring The Wolverines spent too
chances. much of their weekend trying to
Being kill the clock in their own zone.
physical is one Practice makes perfect, and
thing, and the perhaps the reason Michigan has
Wolverines been so successful on the penalty
were plenty kill is because it spends an
of that this impractical amount of time there.
needed to be BY THE NUMBERS
in order to Michigan's special teams
ophers' speedy,
ds. On several
gan poured on
hits. Midway Penalty minutes per game for'the
ond period of Wolverines. Downing had 30 against
senior forward Minnesota alone.
eveled forward
the Michigan
niting Deblois' 18
Power-play goals conceded by Michigan

Freshman defenseman Michael Downing was ejected tram btlkoa Michigan's games this weekend tar illegal hits.

Wleries snap losing streak with road win over Illini

Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's
basketball team had lost four of
its last six games, but on Sunday,
Cyesha Goree took thingsinto her
own hands.
Led by the junior forward, the
women's ILLINOIS 63
basketball MICHIGAN 70
picked up its ninth road win,
this time against Illinois, 70-63.
Thanks to 19 first-half points
on 7-for-9 shooting and eight
rebounds, Goree was well on
her way to her 10th double-
double of the year. She didn't
slow after halftime, finishing
with 30 points and 19 boards -
Goree set new career highs in
both categories.
"I didn't think we were going
to get away with playing (senior
forward Val Driscoll) and
Cyesha at the sametime, but we
pretty much did it for the entire
second half and that was a better
lineup for us," said Michigan
coach Kim Barnes Arico. "It
really gave us a chance to take
advantage of our size inside."
Junior forward Nicole
Elmbad also had a solid day
on the glass. She picked up 10

rebounds to go with six points but the rebounding prowess of
and six assists, helping the Goree and Elmblad and their
Wolverines outrebound the ability to draw fouls kept the
Fighting Illini, 47-19. Wolverines on top. One Illinois
Michigan (7-6 Big Ten, 16-10 player fouled out, and three were
overall) held a 12-point lead with in trouble throughout the game.
17 minutes left in the second half, "When it came down to the
its biggest lead of the game. It end of the stretch, we were able
looked as though the Wolverines to really stick together and not
had all the momentum, but the get too flustered, even though
defense faltered late. we had a few turnovers that we
With just over 12 minutes could've controlled," Elmblad
left in the contest, Michigan said. "We just kind of took a
relinquished its lead quickly, a deep breath, and relaxed, and
scenario that's plagued it all year. really looked to find good, open
Illinois (2-11, shots."
9-17) went on Goree made
an 11-0 run to "We took a deep history as just
take the lead the second
for the first breath and relaxed." Wolverine
time in the to go for 30
half. points and 19
Freshman guard Siera rebounds in a game. She came
Thompson put the Wolverines close to making it the second
back on top with a triple, and game in program history in
then the team went on a 7-0 run which a Michigan player scored
of its own, responding much 20 points and 20 rebounds.
better under pressure than it "I wasn't really being boxed
has of late. Goree followed it up out because of the zone, and I
with a jumper - which broke her was able to find the ball and then
career high of 21 points - and get good offensive rebounds to
then a layup to give Michigan put back," Goree said. "It felt
a 59-53 lead with just under six really good, especially since we
minutes left. were able to get the win."
Though Michigan was able to NOTES: Thompson's lone
counter the Fighting Illini run, 3-pointer extended her streak to,
it never pulled away completely, 26 games with a triple.

Junior forward Cyesha Goree tallied 19 first-half points and picked up a double-double in the second half against Illinois.
She finished with 30 points and 19 boards, shattering her previous career highs as Michigan won the rebounding battle.

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