Michigan travels to Sault Ste. Marie this weekend to try snapping their three game losing streak against Lake Superior State. The Wolverines are optimistic about the weekend, while the Lakers were riding a six game unbeaten streaks until losing at Western Michigan last Saturday and looking to rebound.
The Wolverines currently sit in a three way tie for eighth place in the CCHA with Michigan State and Bowling Green with 16 points. The three teams are two points ahead of last place Northern Michigan. Lake Superior is in sixth place with 23 points, so a sweep by the Wolverines could put them back in the thick of things of the CCHA standings. No, they don’t have a shot at first place, but with Ferris State and Ohio State tied for fourth place with 25 points and LSSU at 23 points, Michigan can get back in to the middle of the pack and the top five teams get a first round bye in the playoffs. As I said last month, for as bad as Michigan’s season has been, they still got something to play for if they can figure out how to turn it around.
Unfortunately, the defense suffered another setback as Mac Bennett, who was hip checked in the knee late in the game against Bowling Green, will be out three to six weeks according to The Michigan Daily’s Matt Slovin.
While I normally make the trip over to the Soo for the hockey games, I will not be doing so this time around as today is my wife’s birthday and if I want to live to see tomorrow I will be staying at home and enjoying the evening with her.
RAPID FIRE: I’ve created a list of Michigan Hockey on Twitter. It includes current, past, and future players, coaches, and staff along with a few other folks like radio man Al Randall and announcer Scott Spooner. CCHA.com’s Celebrate the Legacy Team of the Week is the 1994 Michigan Wolverines. Former Wolverines Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik were selected to the AHL All-Star Classic. Kolarik talks about his selection here. Michigan fan Mike Nicholls will attend his 400th consecutive Michigan hockey game this weekend. I think he wins the CCHA Super Fan contest. Former Michigan goalie Marty Turco is joining the Dallas Stars’ broadcast team.