No joke, this is EXACTLY the celebration Michigan did after the win. Hey MGoBlue… video. NOW.
Michigan claimed their 11th CCHA regular season title after blanking Northern Michigan, 5-0, and getting some help from Western Michigan, who defeated Notre Dame, 2-0.
On to the bullets…
- The game started slow and was rather dull the first 30 minutes. Then Michigan turned up the heat and let loose.
- Northern Michigan played the Swedish, Canadian, and U.S. national anthems before the game in honor of Senior Night, just like we did. Bad idea when someone named Carl Hagelin is on the opposing team.
- Hagelin put Michigan ahead 1-0 on a 1st period power play when his centering pass from along the red line went off Reid Ellingson and into the net.
- Late in the second period Lee Moffie sent a shot from the left point that was redirected by Scooter Vaughan in front. Ellingson made the initial save, but Luke Glendening popped in the rebound to make it 2-0 Wolverines. Apparently not too long before this NMU’s radio announce Dave Danis was going crazy with conspiracy theories on non-calls and even said, “What kind of hockey name is Scooter, anyway!?” Seriously, it’s so bad you have to take a pot shot at a kid’s nickname (and it’s not even a hockey nickname, it’s the name he’s gone by his whole life)? File that one under instant karma.
- Michigan went up 3-0 just 41 seconds into the 3rd period when Hagelin got the puck along the right boards near the far right hash mark and just saucered a wrist shot into the top corner of the net. Nothing special or fancy, just a pretty shot. Ellingson’s night was done.
- Matt Rust made it 4-0 at 4:07 of the 3rd period with a shorthanded breakaway goal that saw him go five hole on Jared Coreau.
- David Wohlberg capped it off with 23 seconds left with another breakaway goal beating Coreau glove side.
- Michigan had two waived off goals during the third period. First a slap shot from the right boards that went off Lindsay Sparks skate and in to the top corner of the net. I don’t know how Sparks intentionally did that, if that’s what the ref thought. He was stationed at the right hash mark and the slap shot came right at him. Maybe the shot was intentionally at him, but I don’t know if I’d agree he directed it intentionally. They reviewed it, but they only have the overhead camera and that didn’t show the play, so it was no goal.
- The second waived off goal came later in the period during a scramble in front. The ref seemed to indicate after review the puck was kicked in by A.J. Treais.
- Michigan’s defense was strong all night. Hunwick didn’t have nearly as many hard save tonight. U-M outshot NMU 33-16, including holding them to two second period shots. The second period has been Michigan’s weak period the past few games, so this was great to see.
- Senior goalie Bryan Hogan got to play the last five minutes of the game. He actually came in after one of the waived off goals that U-M thought was a goal. Hogan made a few saves and he did the splits real quick on a centering pass that went through the slot and got right back up. I guess that passes the groin test.
- Senior center Louie Caporusso did not play tonight. Apparently it was said on the radio he was going to get an MRI when they get back to Ann Arbor, but he expects to play in the playoffs no matter what.
- After last Saturday’s game Carl Hagelin said he talked with Western Michigan’s coach after the game and coach Blashill said they were going to win one against Notre Dame. Nice to see them come through! Thanks, Broncos!