Michigan Hockey Notebook

The Wolverines swept the No. 9 Miami RedHawks this past weekend at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Who's hot for the Wolverines and where do they now sit in the polls? What's coming up as the No. 6 Wolverines continue their run towards the top of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association?

Another Weekend, Another Two Wins
No. 6 Michigan continued its blazing hot start to the second half of the season with a dominating weekend sweep of No. 9 Miami University this past weekend at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Outscoring Miami 9-1 over the two game series, the Maize and Blue used a balanced attack that saw nine different goal scorers.

In the opening game on Saturday night the Wolverines raced out to a 4-0 lead after the first period. Chris Summers scored the Wolverines first goal just 28 seconds in, and at the 3:15 mark of the period fellow defenseman Brandon Burlon put in a goal of his own on the power play. Burlon took a shot from the slot, and, after the initial save by Miami goalie Cody Reichard, the puck bounced off a RedHawks blue liner into the Miami net. Senior Brandon Naurato made it 3-0 with a shot from the slot just 1:30 later. Carl Hagelin finished the first period scoring with a shorthanded marker inside the final 10 seconds of the period.

"I guess from our perspective, we obviously got off to a good start," said Michigan coach Red Berenson. "We got the puck a lot, we got the breaks and we got the bounces, but we were working hard."

Miami made it 4-1 after the second period with a power-play goal of their own. It was the only goal the RedHawks would score all weekend, however.

It finished at 5-1 with a late goal from U-M's Brian Lebler.

"This is a step in the right direction and that is all that it is," Michigan acting captain Chris Summers, who scored the weekend's first goal, said. "It is just a step for the weekend. We have to win tomorrow for it to be a complete weekend. Miami is going to be happy with a split, but we will not be happy with that. So, we have to come out ready at four o'clock tomorrow afternoon."

The Maize and Blue did just that. Sunday afternoon the Wolverines finished the weekend with a 4-0 win to complete the weekend sweep.

Walk on forward Luke Glendening scored the game-winning goal, his first career goal, on a shot from the slot off a behind the net feed from David Wohlberg. It came just 4:13 into the game.

Matt Rust scored his first goal in 15 games when he banged home his own rebound near the end of the second period. Aaron Palushaj drew a five-minute major after being checked from behind to set up the power-play goal.

Wohlberg, who's been on fire since joining the Wolverines top offensive line, made it 3-0 in the third with a laser of a wrist shot from at least 40 feet away. Wohlberg carried the puck into the Miami zone and then fired the puck off the bottom of the crossbar and into the Miami net.

Steve Kampfer finished the weekend scoring with a power-play goal in the final seconds of the contest. Kampfer pinched in and buried his own rebound.

"It was a good team effort this weekend and it starts with your defense and your penalty killing and your goalkeeping to keep the other team from getting a lot of momentum," Berenson said. "I thought that was a big factor in the weekend. And then to get goals from some unlikely sources like Luke [Glendening], who got his first career goal. From watching the game, you can see that he worked so hard that sooner or later he'd get a break. He deserves it."

Dominating Defense
Since dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 16 Wisconsin in Madison back on Nov. 29, the No. 6-ranked Wolverines have looked like a different hockey team. A 5-0-0 record against the rival Spartans and top 10 Miami University have Michigan poised for a late season run towards a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Why? It all starts on the defensive side of the ice.

Since the loss to Wisconsin, a game that saw Michigan's record drop to just 9-7-0, the Wolverines have rattled off six straight wins. Over that same stretch the U-M defense has allowed just six goals against.

Kampfer Making His Mark
The loss of defenseman Steve Kampfer was well documented early in the season. After an early season hockey game in Ann Arbor, the Jackson, Mich., native was allegedly assaulted by former football walk on Mike Milano.

A fractured neck kept the Anaheim draft pick off the ice for weeks. It wasn't until the 2008 Great Lakes Invitational in late December that Kampfer returned to game action. After missing 16 games, though, Kampfer hasn't slowed down one bit.

In his first game back against Michigan Tech, Kampfer, who finished +27 a year ago, finished a +1. He did the same against the Spartans in the tournament title game the following night, plus chipped in with an assist.

Against No. 9 Miami this past weekend Kampfer finished a +2 with a goal and an assist. His power-play goal late in Sunday afternoon's game sealed the 4-0 U-M win. He also assisted on Matt Rust's power-play goal in the second period.

Despite missing 16 games Kampfer currently sits at a +10 on the season, tied for fourth among U-M skaters. Chris Summers +13 currently leads the U-M team.

Hogan Getting Hot
Sophomore goalie Bryan Hogan has been good all season. Opening the season with seven wins in his first eight starts, the Highland, Mich., native made his case over the first half of the season to be the Wolverines everyday goaltender. Against the Spartans in early December Hogan finally got that chance. He hasn't disappointed.

With a 6-0-0 record and a goal against average of just 1.00 since Michigan State came to Ann Arbor, Hogan has improved his record to 13-1-0 on the season, tops in the NCAA, and his goals against average to 1.75, well below the Michigan record of 1.95 set last season by Billy Sauer.

Michigan in the Polls
With the weekend sweep of Miami the Wolverines made a significant move in each of the major polls. The Wolverines jumped to No. 6 in both polls, u p four spots in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll and up five spots in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. The Wolverines also climbed to No. 6 in the all important PairWise Rankings this week.

Up Next…
The No. 6-ranked Wolverines look to continue their climb to the top of the CCHA standings this weekend when they skate with Bowling Green State in a home-and-home series.

The Falcons come to Ann Arbor's Yost Ice Arena for a 7:35 p.m. tilt on Friday night. On Saturday the Wolverines return the trip with a one night appearance at BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. Saturday nights scheduled start time is 5:05 p.m.

The Wolverines are 9-5-0 in conference action, good for 18 points. Bowling Green State is struggling right now with just a 4-9-1 record, good for 9 conference points.

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