Sunday, February 08, 2009

Michigan 2, LSSU 1

With Brian on vacation, my full recap of the game can be read over at MGoBlog.

Quick hitters:
-Great game out of Hogan. He didn't get a lot of goal support (though Sauer would probably disagree) but he was a rock back in net. He made some huge stops on guys who got behind the defense.

-Inglis was really good for LSSU as well. There were several times that Michigan could have blown the game open, but he was up to the task after getting lit the night before.

-Much more even game. Shots were very close, both teams had a lot of scoring chances.

-The Hagelin, Rust, Palushaj line was excellent again. All three of them had a slew of scoring chances and Hagelin scored arugably the second-best goal of our season (unless someone goes Mike Legg, nothing is topping Palushaj's goal in the opener against St. Lawrence) with his lap around the offensive zone before firing a laser by Inglis.

-Winnett showed something this weekend. He wasn't the best player on the ice, but he showed more in the offensive end than he has in a long, long time. Drew some penalties, had a huge assist on Friday night, and had quite a few scoring chances.

-The power play needs work. 0 for 7 with seven shots on goal. They're #42 in the nation in PP %. That's the only area of the team that's not clicking right now.

-Michigan's up to third place in the CCHA, two behind Miami and six behind Notre Dame with six games to play (without Brian Aaron we're two back of each of them. Dammit.). We're in really good shape to at least get a bye in the CCHA Playoffs. Omaha had a rough weekend and even a split against them next weekend should be enough to best them in the standings. And we're a couple points up on Alaska with a pair of games in hand.

The updated Pairwise has Michigan tied for the #3 spot, and a #1 seed. Pretty impressive from where we stood just a couple of months ago. They've done a great job of getting off the bubble and not just solidifying themselves in the tournament, but making a run at a #1 seed.

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