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CCHA College Hockey News

Friday, 25 March, 2011 0:33 AM

Michigan defeats Notre Dame, 4 - 2 in CCHA Third-Place Game

Michigan takes third place in the CCHA while Notre Dame finishes the season in fourth place

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The Michigan Wolverines celebrate after scoring one of four goals in the CCHA Third-Place Game.

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- What failed to click together less than 24 hours earlier served as a major advantage for the Michigan Wolverines Men’s Hockey team in their 4 - 2 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the third place game Saturday afternoon.

The first period saw Notre Dame notch the opening goal, an unassisted one made by No. 4 Riley Sheahan. The play occurred when Wolverines Goaltender Shawn Hunwick tried clearing the puck away, only to see it deflect off a referee and land in front of the net to be knocked in while he was off-guard.

Just a day after their weak penalty killing led them to a 5 - 2 loss, however, the Wolverines found offensive rejuvenation thanks to their power play.

With Notre Dame Left Wing No. 11 Jeff Costello serving two minutes for tripping, Michigan’s No. 29 Louie Caporusso let off a shot fed from Chris Brown that trickled past Summerhays. Fifteen seconds later, now even strength, No. 12 Carl Hagelin let loose a slap shot that sent Summerhay’s bottle rocketing, with the assist going to none other than Caporusso and the lead going to U-M for the first time this weekend.

Despite the bizarre play to put the Fighting Irish ahead, whatever No. 31 Hunwick went to sleep and woke up thinking was likely the motivation to solid second and third periods in the U-M goalie crease. After making 10 saves to close out the first, Hunwick spent the following 20 regulation minutes facing 16 shots on target, and stopping all of them.

Going back to the previous game, Hunwick denied in the postgame conference that it played a major influence on his mindset. “Last night I don’t think I played too bad,” he said. “There were a couple bad bounces and rebounds but I felt motivated to come back and have a big game today.”

So lights outs was his performance that Notre Dame didn’t bring the differential back to one until freshman forward No. 18 T.J Tynan scored an extra man goal off assists from No. 26 Nick Larson and No. 27 Ryan Guentzel. Yet it was an empty netter from Michigan’s No. 23 Luke Glendenning that brought the final to 4-2.

The win and third place appearance would be U-M’s first since their 2006 victory of 3 - 2 over Northern Michigan. The third place game was Notre Dame’s first since 2008, which they ironically lost to Northern Michigan 2 - 1.

Still facing the possibility of being seeded in the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament next weekend, Sheahan said that “We’re going to have to stay focused and make a few adjustments and I think we should be good.”

The win for Michigan also puts them into better consideration for a reasonable seeding next weekend, with the full schedule yet to be announced.

Related Story: WMU surpasses Michigan, 5 - 2 in CCHA Semifinal Game 2

 

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Michigan Goalie Shawn Hunwick keeps a close eye on the puck.

 

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The Wolverines work to get the puck out of their zone.

 

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Notre Dame Head Coach Jeff Jackson and two players respond to questions from the press.

 

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Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson addresses the media.

 

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CCHA officials

 

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