March 18, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team earned the program's 22nd straight berth into the NCAA Tournament on Sunday (March 18) and will head to Green Bay, Wis., as the No. 1 seed to face No. 4 seed Cornell in the opening round on Friday (March 23) at 8 p.m. CDT at the Resch Center. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and webcast on ESPN3.com.
The regional also features No. 2 seed Ferris State and No. 3 seed Denver, who will play one another at 4:30 p.m. CDT Friday. The winners of the first-round games will meet on Saturday (March 24) at 8 p.m. CDT on ESPNU for a chance to go the Frozen Four, which is set for April 5 and April 7 in Tampa, Fla.
Michigan is appearing in an NCAA-record 35th national tournament, posting a 50-27 mark in 77 all-time games. The Wolverines' 50 tournament wins tie a national record with Minnesota. Head Coach Red Berenson will coach his 22nd team in tournament play, the second most of any coach in college hockey history.
U-M has faced the Big Red on one other occasion in NCAA Tournament play, winning a best-of-three regional series at Yost Ice Arena, two games to one, during the 1990-91 campaign. This will mark the 18th trip to the NCAA Tournament in Cornell's history, and its first bid since 2010. Michigan and Cornell have met six times overall, with Michigan holding a 3-2-1 edge in the all-time series. They last met on Jan. 7, 1997 -- a 3-3 tie.
The Michigan Athletics Ticket Office will have Midwest Regional tickets on sale for hockey season-ticket holders only beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday (March 19) until 9 a.m. Tuesday (March 20). All-session tickets are $68. Hockey public season-ticket holders may order up to two tickets and hockey student season-ticket holders may order one ticket. Purchases can be made in person at the U-M ticket office or by phone by calling (734) 764-0247 or toll-free (866) 296-MTIX (6849). Tickets will only be available for pick up at the Resch Center.
General public looking to purchase tickets are directed to visit NCAA Regional Tickets (Green Bay) for more information.
Michigan's regional semifinal matchup vs. Cornell can be seen live on ESPNU and online at ESPN3.com at 8 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 23. The other regional semifinal game between Ferris State and Denver can be viewed live on ESPN3.com at 4:30 p.m. CDT or on tape delay at 11:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The winners of each semifinal will meet in the regional final on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. CDT in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson
On the overall brackets ... "We've been through this a lot and there weren't any surprises this year. It seems like a lot of years we get thrown a twist or a surprise, but I think it pretty much went down as expected."
On Michigan playing in Green Bay ... "We thought that we'd be in one of the western regionals; either in Minnesota or in Green Bay and to us it didn't matter. You can't pick your opponents this time of year and you can't pick your location. I've always said that the regionals should afford your fans a chance to go to the game and Green Bay is probably the closest we can get."
On Cornell ... "We'll do our homework and we'll be prepared for the game. We're obligated to send them our last game and vice versa. So they'll see what we looked like against Western (Michigan) and we'll see what they looked like in their last game against Colgate. Nevertheless, we have to focus on our team; we'll be ready for them. (Cornell Head Coach) Mike Schafer has done a good job for a long time over there. He's had good teams and the style of play that they play has been consistent year after year."
U-M Fifth-Year Senior Goaltender Shawn Hunwick
On how quickly the focus shifts from last night's loss to the tournament ... "I was over it last night. Not that we didn't take that loss seriously, but this next week could be our last week of hockey at Michigan, so you don't really want to worry about anything that doesn't really matter in the future."
On how his mindset is different from previous NCAA Tournaments ... "Two years ago, I was scared. Last year, I was nervous. This year, I'm a probably little bit nervous and excited. We have experience in our class and our older guys. We've been to the national championship game and have had some crushing defeats in overtime. I know a lot of guys want to avenge those losses."
On how important it is to the seniors to make a strong run in the tournament ... "It's huge. It's what our legacy will depend on. I think if we're able to get back to Frozen Four that people will be able to speak highly about our class. You want to be the last team standing. It's going to be a crucial run for us."
U-M Senior Forward Luke Glendening
On going into his final NCAA Tournament ... "Just knowing that it's my last shot and my last experience with this team; I don't really know how to put it into words, but it's an interesting feeling, and it's kind of a sad feeling. But it also makes me want to take this as far as it can go and play as long as I can with these guys."
On the mindset heading into single-elimination play ... "You just have to lay it all out there. You have to put all your eggs in one basket and just go out there and play for Friday night. You can't hold anything back for Saturday."
U-M Junior Forward Chris Brown
On the matchup with Cornell ... "I don't really know much about them yet. The coaches will do a good job of getting us tape and getting us familiar with them before we head out there. But it's going to be a fun experience and I know they're a good team because everyone in the tournament is a good team."
On preparing for a team you haven't played this season ... "You can look at it both ways. It's an advantage because they don't know as much about you, but at the same time it can be the exact opposite and you don't know what they have coming. But that's why we have a great coaching staff who will get us prepared."
On coming into the tournament as a No. 2 overall seed ... "We're confident with our team. I think we have enough talent, enough depth and obviously the goaltending to get us there. We know what it takes and we know it's going to be really tough, but we're focused on Cornell and we'll take it one game at a time."
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423