Michigan Hockey Review (1/30/15)

Michigan assistant hockey coach Billy Powers joined Sam Webb on Sports talk 1050 WTKA today to review of the Wolverines'sweep of Wisconsin last weekend and preview of the upcoming match-up with Michigan State.


 

Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com

The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team (15-7-0, 7-1-0 Big Ten) heads to Detroit on Friday night (Jan. 30) to take on Michigan State (9-11-2, 3-3-2-0 Big Ten) in the annual 'Duel In The D' contest. The Wolverines have the nation's longest active winning streak at seven games, a streak that began on Dec. 28 at Joe Louis Arena with a 2-1 GLI semifinal win over Michigan Tech. The Spartans have won two in a row after a series sweep against Ohio State at home last weekend. Michigan has played Michigan State a total of 52 times at Joe Louis Arena, with a 29-18-5 record in those contests, including the last meeting between the two teams, a 2-1 U-M win the 2014 GLI Championship Game on Dec. 29.

• Dating back to Feb. 15, 1991, Michigan has played Michigan State at least once in a conference game at Joe Louis Arena every year, with the Wolverines holding a 14-9-4 record in the 'Duel in the D' game, including a 6-1-3 record in the last 10 contests dating back to 2005.

• Andrew Copp and Zach Hyman each scored, and goaltender Steve Racinemade 31 saves, including 10 in the third period, to help Michigan earn a 2-1 win over Michigan State on Dec. 29 in the 50th Great Lakes Invitational championship game at Joe Louis Arena. Michigan won its record 16th GLI title and the program's first since 2011, helping coach Red Berenson earn his 798th win behind the bench. Racine was named tournament MVP for his efforts, making a combined 71 with two goals against in two games. Copp, Hyman, Racine and Michael Downing were named to the GLI all-tournament team.

• Zach Hyman has a seven-game goal-scoring streak (nine goals overall in that span), and a seven game point-scoring streak (9G, 9A). Hyman's goal streak is the longest by a Michigan student-athlete since Brendan Morrison had an eight-game goal-scoring streak during the 1995-96 season. He is third in the nation and leads Michigan and the Big Ten with 35 points (16G, 19A) in 22 games this season. Hyman's current scoring pace (1.59 points/game) is greater than Kevin Porter's (1.47 points/game) during his Hobey Baker Award winning campaign in 2007-08. Michigan is 12-0-0 when Hyman scores a goal this season.

• After a four-point weekend in Wisconsin (G, 3A), Dylan Larkin leads all Big Ten freshmen with 29 points (9G, 20A) on the season. Larkin is in the midst of a seven-game point streak (7G, 10A). He is No. 2 in the nation in freshman scoring and No. 4 with an average of 1.45 points/game. Larkin's points/game average is No. 2 all-time among Michigan freshmen, behind only Bruno Baseotto (2.0 points/game in 1979-80).


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