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;er poor showing No. 10 Michigan (1-2)
controlled the puck for the
iday, Wolverines majority of the first period,
outshooting the visitor, 11-7. But
ound with gritty the Wildcats' power-play goal'
rfo with 1:20 remaining in the first
period was enough to deflate the
By ERIN LENNON "I can see why it looks that
Daily Sports Writer way, but it shouldn't have been
(a big momentum swing)," said
hat happened Friday: junior forward Andrew Copp.
chigan fans started to leave "It was a power-play goal late
before the end of the game in the period to put us down 1-0,
eir first opportunity to see and we've been through that
Michigan hockey team in before, but we needed to have a
gular season. better push back.
& Wolverines allowed five "It looks like that's where the
swered goals in 29 minutes game shifted, but it shouldn't
w Hampshire (1-2), a team have been anything big."
was winless all-time in Ann Whatever it was, it silenced
r until Friday night. See SPLIT, Page 7A
Berenson turns to later, holding the Wildcats to
just one goal and scoring two
youth for change in goals of its own Saturdaynight.
"It was just the attitude,"
defense after poor Berenson said. "Just the whole
work ethic part, stopping and
showing Friday starting on the pucks, finishing
your checks, identifying your
By ZACH SHAW man, getting your head on a
Daily Sports Writer swivel. All the little things that
we have been talking about and
With two freshmen, three doing in practice every week.
sophomores and only one senior "For some reason we got away
in the regular defensive lineup, from that last night. Tonight, we
Michigan coach Red Berenson were a different team."
knows the unit is going to be hit- Friday night started out
or-miss this early in the season. well enough for the defensive
Over the weekend, both corps, as New Hampshire (1-2)
extremes were on display in the mustered just three shots in
No. 10 Michigan hockey team's the first 18-and-a-half minutes.
split with New Hampshire. But when senior forward Zach
After surrendering five goals Hyman went to the penalty
Friday night, the young defense box, the wheels began to fall
responded strongly 24 hours off. Michigan (1-2) allowed
four quick shots on the power
play, the last of which gave the
Wildcats their first goal.
Things went from bad to
worse in the second period.
Defensive miscues in transition
gave New Hampshire three easy
goals and another one in the
third as the Wolverines suffered
their worst home loss in nearly
"Part of it is mental,"
Berenson said Friday. "When
you are sitting on the bench
and you watch your teammates
struggling and making mistakes,
and then you go out there and
try to solve it yourself. You can't
solve it yourself, but what you
can do is do what you are good at
for your team"
So Berenson put sophomore
Michael Downing back on the
first pairing and gave freshman
Cutler Martin an opportunity to
make his collegiate debut on the
third at the expense of senior
defenseman Brennan Serville,
all inhope ofchangingthe unit's
approach Saturday night.
Both decisions paid off. After
helping hold New Hampshire to
just seven shots in the first, both
Downing and Martin made their
marks even more evident early
in the second period with back-
to-back goals from just below
the blue line. They transformed
a scoreless game into Michigan's
game in amatter of 82 seconds.
"I think everyone in that
locker room knew that they
had to play better (Saturday),"
Berenson said. "They had
to prepare better and had to
contribute in a team way rather
than an individual way.
See DEFENSE, Page 3B
. NO SHORT CHANGE
One coaching decision cost Greg Ryan
his job with the U.S. Women's National
Team. Michigan is glad he's in Ann Arbor.
SportsMonday Column, Page 2B
* Though Slippery Rock fans enjoyed
their time in Ann Arbor, The Rock didn't
fare too well Saturday afternoon.