Michigan: CCHA CHAMPIONS!

The No. 17-ranked Michigan hockey team claimed the 2010 CCHA Tournament Championship with a 2-1 win over No. 12 Northern Michigan on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Louie Caporusso scored both U-M goals and Shawn Hunwick made 17 saves.

DETROIT - The No. 17-ranked Michigan hockey team completed an improbable run to an unprecedented 20th straight appearance in the NCAA hockey tournament with a 2-1 win over No. 12 Northern Michigan on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Louie Caporusso netted both Michigan goals, each coming on the power play, and newly appointed starting goalie Shawn Hunwick made 17 saves to preserve the tournament championship for Michigan, the seventh seed in the 2010 Tournament.

After neither team scored in the games opening frame, Northern Michigan looked poised to take the lead early in the second while skating with a 5-minute power play. A pair of Wildcat penalties negated much of the advantage, though, and Michigan returned to full strength with the score knotted 0-0.

Near the end of the period the Wolverines snapped the scoreless tie when Caporusso fired home his first power-play goal of the game, a screen shot that beat Stewart high, with just 20 seconds left in the second period. Caporusso hoped over the board and into the play in place of Matt Rust who's stick had snapped just seconds earlier.

At the 8:53 mark of the final period Caporusso tallied again to give Michigan a 2-0 lead. Again on the power play, Caporusso fired home a slap-pass from defenseman Steve Kampfer to score the eventual game-winning goal.

The Wildcats cut the Michigan lead in half just less then two minutes later. Andrew Cherniwchan fired a puck over Shawn Hunwick's glove and into the net after a careless turnover in the Michigan defensive zone caught Michigan out of position.

Northern Michigan generated pressure of the games final minutes, but Shawn Hunwick stood tall and a late NMU penalty sealed the deal for Michigan.

Shawn Hunwick, in his seventh career start, claimed CCHA Tournament MVP honors, with Louie Caporusso, Carl Hagelin and Steve Kampfer joining him on the All-Tournament team. The win stretches the Wolverines record NCAA Tournament streak to 20 years, a streak that would have ended with a Michigan loss.

ESPN2 will air the NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament selection show on Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m.

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