#8 Michigan (13-5-3, 7-3-1 CCHA)
Lake Superior State (10-12-0, 6-9-0 CCHA)
Friday, Jan. 5, 7:35 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sunday, Jan. 7, 3:05 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.
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The fourth-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team (13-5-3, 7-3-1 CCHA) will return to the Yost Ice Arena for the first time since Dec. 9, 2000, to take on the Lake Superior State Lakers (10-12-0, 6-9 CCHA) for the first two games of a four-game regular-season series on Friday (Jan. 5) at 7:35 p.m. and Sunday (Jan. 7) at 3:05 p.m. Sunday's game was originally scheduled for Saturday at 7:05 p.m. but was rescheduled to accommodate the Fox Sports Net broadcast.
Catch the Game
In Person -- Select tickets remain for this weekend's series with Lake Superior State. Contact the University of Michigan Athletic Ticket Office at 734-764-0247 for more information.
On Television -- Friday's game is scheduled to be televised live on WOLV, with the feed also being shown on UMTV (Ch. 22 on MediaOne). Friday's games will also be shown live on the Internet at MGoBlue.com. Sunday's contest will be televised live on Fox Sports Net (Channel 32 on MediaOne).
On the Radio -- All Michigan hockey games are broadcast on WTKA (1050 AM), which can also be heard on the Internet at MGoBlue.com. Al Randall covers play-by-play, while Jim Hunt provides color commentary. Home games are also on WCBN Student Radio (88.3 FM).
On the Web -- Both games this weekend (Jan. 5 & 7) against Lake Superior State will feature Game Day Live for ice hockey on the Internet. Fans can log on to MGoBlue.com for all of the action. Live video, audio, notes and stats are available during the game.
Series History vs. Lake Superior State
Of the teams Michigan has played 10 or more times, the Lakers are one of five squads against which the Wolverines have a losing record (32-42-6). LSSU also is one of only four opponents against which that the Maize and Blue lack the home ice advantage, with a 13-16-3 home record against the Lakers.
The last time the teams met, the Wolverines outlasted the Lakers 4-3 in overtime in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 29, 1999. The GLI game was a classic as the Lakers answered U-M's three goals in a consecutive sequence and Mark Kosick (Victoria, B.C.) played the hero role as he ending the game at the 14:13 mark of the overtime period. In the past 10 meetings between the CCHA rivals U-M holds a 5-4-1 mark with a 33-26 scoring advantage.
The Last 10 Meetings Between U-M and LSSU
|Dec. 29, 1999||W, 4-3 (OT)||Joe Louis Arena (Detroit, Mich.)|
|Nov. 20, 1999||L, 2-4||Yost Ice Arena (Ann Arbor, Mich.)|
|Nov. 19, 1999||L, 0-3||Yost Ice Arena|
|March 5, 1999||L, 2-3||Abel Arena (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)|
|Feb. 5, 1999||L, 3-6||Yost Ice Arena|
|Oct. 11, 1998||W, 2-0||Yost Ice Arena|
|Feb. 28, 1998||W, 5-2||Yost Ice Arena|
|Feb. 7, 1998||W, 4-1||Joe Louis Arena|
|Dec. 5, 1997||W, 7-0||Abel Arena|
|Feb. 22, 1997||T, 4-4||Yost Ice Arena|
The first game between Michigan and Lake Superior State was a 6-3 Wolverine victory at the IMA tournament in Flint, Mich., on Dec. 28, 1973. Even though Michigan has an overall 32-42-6 record to the Lakers, the mark is skewed by an early historical advantage to the Lakers, with LSSU owning a 31-10-5 record in games before Jan. 31, 1992. However, in the past 34 meetings the Maize and Blue has boasted a 22-11-1 mark.
U-M Series vs. Lake Superior State
|U-M record vs. LSSU:||32-42-6|
|U-M longest win streak:||5 games (March 16, 1996 to Oct. 11, 1998)|
|U-M longest unbeaten streak:||10 games (March 16, 1996 to Feb. 21, 1997)|
|U-M longest losing streak:||12 games (Nov. 23, 1984 to Nov. 29, 1986)|
|U-M longest non-winning streak:||14 games (Feb. 23, 1984 to Feb. 6, 1987)|
|U-M largest margin of victory:||8-0 (Feb. 21, 1997)|
|U-M largest margin of defeat:||10-0 (Dec. 7, 1991)|
2000-01 Statistical Comparison
|Goals Per Game||CCHA||Overall|
|Power Play Pct.|
|U-M||.247 (18/73)||.214 (28/131)|
|LSSU||.154 (12/78)||.185 (22/119)|
|U-M||.883 (53/60)||.832 (99/119)|
|LSSU||.785 (73/93)||.787 (107/136)|
|Penalty Minutes Per Game|
|U-M||25.00 (102/275)||21.00 (178/443)|
|LSSU||18.07 (118/271)||18.64 (182/410)|
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
In his 17th season as the head coach of the Wolverines, Red Berenson has a career record of 434-212-43, making him the 15th winningest coach in NCCA history. Berenson has been associated with 768 games with the Michigan hockey program (689 as a coach, 79 as a student-athlete). Under the Berenson regime, the Maize and Blue has collected two NCAA championships and a total of nine CCHA regular-season and tournament crowns. In the decade of the 1990s, Michigan was the most successful ice hockey program in the nation, with 314 victories, and was the only school to qualify for all 10 NCAA tournaments in the decade. Berenson's players strive in the classroom as well, maintaining a 92 percent graduation rate during his tenure at U-M.
Berenson vs. the Lakers
The Lakers are the only team that Michigan head coach Red Berenson does not have a winning mark against (26-37-4). Against Lakers skipper Scott Borek, Berenson holds a 9-4-1 record.
Lake Superior Coach Scott Borek
Lake Superior State head coach Scott Borek is in his fifth season at the helm of the Lakers. Borek was named CCHA Coach of the Year last season after guided LSSU to an 18-16-2 record and a third-place finish in the conference. Borek is 4-9-1 vs. the Maize and Blue.
Michigan lost both games of the Great Lakes Invitational (7-3 to Michigan Tech, 8-5 to Boston College) on Dec. 29-30. The back-to-back defeats marked the first time since 1983 and only the fifth time in 31 appearances that U-M has dropped both games at the holiday tournament. The margin of defeat for the two games was U-M's worst since 1978, and the eight goals that BC scored was the first time the Wolverines let up eight scores since Western Michigan defeated U-M 8-4 on Oct. 31, 1992. Michigan has only lost both games of the GLI four other times (1968, '72, '78 and '83) in 31 appearances.
The Wolverines were without the services of Mike Cammalleri (Richmond Hill, Ontario) -- who is playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship in Russia -- and Andy Hilbert (Howell, Mich.) and Mike Komisarek (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) -- who are playing Team USA at the WJC. The three players at the World Junior Championship have scored 33 percent of Michigan's goals this season.
Mike Cammalleri, Andy Hilbert and Mike Komisarek are scheduled to return from the World Junior tourney on Jan. 6 and possibly could play against Lake Superior State on Jan. 7 at Yost Ice Arena. As of Dec. 31 Hilbert is tied for second on the U.S Junior National team in points (2-3-5) and Cammalleri has six points (5-1-6), including a hat trick in his first game for Team Canada.
Defenseman Jay Vancik (Medina, Ohio) was injured (sprained right knee) in the first period of the 7-3 loss to Michigan Tech but played the remainder of the game. He did not play against Boston College and is listed as week-to-week.
Defenseman Brad Fraser (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) returned to the lineup for the first time since he was sidelined with a torn MCL on Nov. 17. Fraser played in both GLI games, finishing with an even plus/minus.
Geoff Koch's (Exeter, N.H.) power-play goal in the second period of the loss to Boston College ended a four-game drought for the Maize and Blue power play (0-16 in four games).
Assistant captain Dave Huntzicker (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has made significant progress on the torn MCL in his left knee, which he suffered on Nov. 20. The defenseman may return to the lineup in two weeks.
Josh Langfeld (Coon Rapids, Minn.) ended a 12-game goal drought with his even-strength goal against Boston College (Dec. 30).
Sophomore forward Jed Ortmeyer (Omaha, Neb.) record a career-high three points (1-2-3) in the 7-3 loss to Michigan Tech. Ortmeyer has registered seven two-point games at U-M. With his assist against Boston College (Dec. 30) he led the team in points (1-3-4) at the Great Lakes Invitational.
Senior walk-on Rob Kohen (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) saw his first career action in the game against Boston College (Dec. 30).
Mark Kosick is on U-M's top 50 scoring list with 129 points (49-80-129). He recorded his 80th career assist in the Boston College game. Josh Langfeld is six points shy of cracking the top 50 with 117 points (57-60-117).
Sophomore Mark Mink (Livonia, Mich.) has the longest current playing streak for the Maize and Blue with 62 games. He has played in every game as a member of the Wolverines.
Boston College was the sixth opponent U-M has faced from the 2000 NCAA tournament. The other five teams the Wolverines have faced are Colgate, Michigan State, St. Lawrence, Wisconsin and North Dakota. U-M has a 3-2-2 record against those NCAA teams this season.
Three of four Michigan losses this season have come when the Wolverines held the opponent to 19 shots on goal or fewer (3-3-0 record). When allowing 20 shots on goal or more, U-M is 10-1-3.
Michigan has outshot opponents in 20 of 21 games this season, averaging 35.9 shots per game to 25.4 shots against.
Michigan had a 3-2-1 record for the month of December.
CCHA Standings (Through 12/31/00)
|----CONFERENCE----| |----OVERALL----| W- L- T Pts GF GA W- L- T GF GA 1. Michigan State 9- 1- 3 21 38 16 14- 1- 4 60 28 2. Western Mich. 7- 2- 2 16 53 39 14- 3- 2 90 57 3. MICHIGAN 7- 3- 1 15 45 24 13- 5- 3 86 57 Miami (Ohio) 7- 4- 1 15 43 33 10- 8- 2 62 62 Ohio State 7- 4- 1 15 41 32 10- 7- 1 69 50 6. Northern Mich. 5- 5- 4 14 37 40 9- 5- 5 64 50 7. Nebraska-Omaha 6- 7- 1 13 42 48 11-10- 1 62 63 8. Lake Superior 6- 9- 0 12 36 53 10-12- 0 59 75 Alaska-Fairbanks 4- 6- 4 12 37 50 4- 8- 4 40 56 10. Bowling Green 3- 7- 4 10 39 42 4-10- 4 44 55 11. Notre Dame 2- 8- 2 6 25 36 4-14- 3 51 77 12. Ferris State 1- 8- 3 5 25 48 5-11- 4 49 68
Wolverines Drop Four Spots in the USCHO Poll
Michigan dropped four spots to No. 8 in the U.S. College Hockey Online Poll after consecutive losses to Michigan Tech and Boston College. The placing in the lowest U-M has been in the poll this season.
U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (1/2/01)
Team (1st-Place Votes) Record Pts Last 1. Michigan State (39) 14-1-4 599 1 2. Boston College (1) 13-4-1 553 2 3. North Dakota 14-4-4 509 3 4. Colorado College 13-4-1 460 6 5. Western Michigan 14-3-2 437 7 6. New Hampshire 13-4-3 394 5 7. St. Cloud 13-4-1 352 8 8. MICHIGAN 13-5-3 323 4 9. Minnesota 12-5-2 306 9 10. Providence 9-5-3 206 10 11. Wisconsin 13-9-0 159 13 12. Rensselaer 9-4-1 124 11 13. Vermont 9-4-0 108 15 14. Denver 11-7-2 83 NR 15. Maine 9-6-4 76 NR
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