Feb. 26, 2011
Site: Marquette, Mich. (Berry Events Center)
Score: #10 Michigan 5, Northern Michigan 0
Records: U-M (23-9-4, 20-7-1-0 CCHA), Northern Michigan (14-17-5, 12-13-3-0 CCHA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 11 -- vs. Opponent TBD - CCHA Quarterfinal Round Game One (Yost Ice Arena), 7:35 p.m.
MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 10 USA Today/No. 10 USCHO) captured the program's 11th CCHA championship with a 5-0 triumph at Northern Michigan on Saturday night (Feb. 26) inside Berry Events Center.
Senior center Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden) had a dominant performance with two goals and an assist. Senior center Matt Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) also had three points by scoring a shorthanded goal and adding two assists.
Entering the night, U-M trailed Notre Dame by one point for first place, but the Fighting Irish lost at home to Western Michigan to open the door for the Maize and Blue.
Hagelin scored the only goal of the first period and U-M clung to its narrow lead until late in the second period when junior right wing Luke Glendening (Grand Rapids, Mich.) tallied to make it 2-0. U-M secured the win with a flurry early in the third period. Hagelin got his second goal 41 seconds into the final stanza and Rust notched his shorthanded marker at 4:07. Michigan's defense was outstanding as just 13 shots reached senior goalie Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) in 54 minutes of action. Senior goalie Bryan Hogan (Highland, Mich.) played the final six minutes and made three stops to share the shutout.
At 13:15 of the first period, the Wolverines opened a 1-0 lead on Hagelin's seventh power-play goal of the season. Stationed just below the goal line on the right side, Hagelin fired a pass into the slot that ricocheted off an NMU defenseman and past goalie Reid Ellingson.
Michigan played outstanding defense in the second period, permitting just two shots to reach Hunwick.
A rebound goal by Glendening at 18:13 of the second period cushioned the Maize and Blue lead to 2-0. U-M's forwards cycled the puck deep in NMU territory before moving it to sophomore defenseman Lee Moffie (Wallingford, Conn.) at the left point. Moffie's shot was going wide right until it hit senior left wing Scooter Vaughan (Placentia, Calif.) outside the right post. Skating left to right through the slot, Glendening scooped up the loose puck and tucked it under the scrambling netminder.
Hagelin surprised the NMU goalie forty-one seconds into the third period by taking a no-look shot from low in the right circle that went in the short side.
A goalie change did not help the Wildcats as Rust scored on a partial breakaway at 4:07. Holding off a defenseman, Rust slipped the puck through backup goalie Jared Coreau's legs.
Junior left wing David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) capped the scoring with a breakaway goal in the final minute of play.
The Wolverines have earned a bye through the CCHA Tournament first round (March 4-6) and will host a yet-to-be-determined opponent in the quarterfinal round from March 11-13 at Yost Ice Arena. Quarterfinal round CCHA playoff tickets for Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, are now available online at mgoblue.com/tickets or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 866-296-MTIX (6849).
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423