Saturday, March 29, 2008

Frozen Four Bound! Michigan 2, Clarkson 0

More later, going out to celebrate, but the Wolverines advance despite not playing a great game and taking an absolutely ton of penalties (a couple of them were even deserved!).

Aaron Palushaj got the Wolverines started on the ole fake shot, wrap-around that seems to work an absurdly high percentage of the time. Kevin Porter put Michigan up by a pair very early in the third period on a beautiful feed from Pacioretty after Kolarik stole the puck.

The star tonight was between the pipes. Billy Sauer played an absolutely fantastic game. I would've said flawless, but that's kind of redundant with the 2-0 final. When they started reffing the score in the last two minutes, Sauer made no less than 7 point blank saves during a 6 on 3 (he got a little help from the bar and Chad Kolarik as well), including 3 blockbusters.

Five goals and an assist on the weekend for Porter, six assists for Kolarik. One goal allowed by Sauer and an outstanding weekend by Mitera. Big time players....

Michigan will face the winner of the Michigan State/Notre Dame game that is just about to face-off. The CCHA is now 5-0 on the tournament, about to be 6-1, with two teams guaranteed into the Frozen Four, and one guaranteed to make the NCAA Championship game. For the record, the WCHA is 2-4, will be 3-5 after tomorrow, and can put a maximum of one team into the Frozen Four. But they weren't overrated this year or anything....

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