Michigan Hockey Review (1/9/15)

Michigan assistant hockey coach Brian Wiseman joined Sam Webb on Sports talk 1050 WTKA today to review the Wolverines' performance in the GLI and preview of the upcoming match-up with Minnesota.

Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com


The University of Michigan ice hockey team (10-7-0, 2-1-0-0 Big Ten) meets No. 9 Minnesota (10-5-1, 1-0-1-0 Big Ten) at Yost Ice Arena in a battle between the No. 1 (Minnesota) and No. 2 (Michigan) winningest programs in college hockey. Minnesota is Michigan's second-oldest rival, with the first meeting taking place on Jan. 23, 1923 (L, 2-0), at Minnesota. The Gophers have the most wins against Michigan than any other team in college hockey, with a 131-118-15 record against the Wolverines, but Michigan owns a 65-48-7 record at home against the Gophers.

• The Wolverines are coming off their 16th Great Lakes Invitational title and their first since 2011 with 2-1 wins over Michigan Tech and Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 28-29.

• Zach Hyman recorded game-winning goals in both of Michigan's GLI victories. He leads the team with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) this season and is tied with Minnesota's Kyle Rau for most points among Big Ten scorers. He has a new career high for points in a season. Hyman also leads the team with six multiple-point games and three game-winning goals this season.

• Steve Racine made a combined 71 saves with just two goals against for a .973 Save% in the Great Lakes Invitational to earn the John A. MacInnes Trophy as GLI MVP. He earned wins in his first two starts since Nov. 1. Racine, Hyman, Andrew Copp (G, A) and Michael Downing (2A) were named to the GLI all-tournament team.


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