Michigan back in top 10 of both hockey polls; Hunwick and Guptill win CCHA weekly honors
A nine-game unbeaten streak, which includes a weekend sweep of CCHA-leading Ohio State, has the Michigan hockey team back among the top 10 teams in the nation.
Ohio State (14-6-3) dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 in both polls after a 4-0, home-ice loss to the Wolverines on Friday night and a 4-1 loss at the Frozen Diamond Faceoff at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Sunday.
Michigan was the No. 1 team in the USCHO.com poll early in the season and was No. 3 in both polls in late October. The Wolverines went 1-6-1 in November, however, to drop out of the rankings.
A 1-0 overtime win at Alaska on Dec. 3 started the Wolverines’ current 7-0-2 stretch.
After Michigan’s weekend sweep of his team, Ohio State coach Mark Osiecki called the Wolverines “a top five team in the country.”
“Coach (Red) Berenson does a terrific job and they have some outstanding players,” he said. “They are one of the top teams in the nation."
Next up for Michigan are Friday and Saturday games at N. 6/No. 7 Notre Dame. The Irish lost two games to Western Michigan over the weekend, the first time it’s been swept in CCHA play since the 2009-10 season.
Minnesota-Duluth, which beat Michigan in last year’s NCAA championship game, is the unanimous No. 1 team in both polls.
Hunwick, Guptill earn CCHA awards
For the third straight week, two Michigan players earned CCHA Players of the Week honors.
Fifth-year senior Shawn Hunwick was named the Goaltender of the Week after stopping 77 of the 78 shots he faced in wins over Ohio State. The Friday shutout was his third of the season and eighth of his career.
Freshman forward Alex Guptill earned the league’s Offensive Player of the Week after recording a goal and an assist in each win. Guptill leads Michigan with 12 goals and is tied for second with 24 points.