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Posted on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 12:54 a.m.

Michigan beats Western Michigan 4-3 in opening game of CCHA quarterfinals

By Pete Cunningham

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Western Michigan's Mike Leone and Ben Warda (27) close in on Michigan's Phil Di Giuseppe in the third period of the game on Friday night at Lawson Arena. Michigan won the game 4-3.

Matt Gade | MLive.com

One down, one to go.

The Michigan hockey team will need to win the CCHA Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament this year. It took another step closer on Friday with a 4-3 win over Western Michigan. The Wolverines need one more win in the three game series. The teams resume the series on Saturday (7:05 p.m.) and if necessary will play again on Sunday (7:05 p.m.).

The score was tied 3-3 in the third period when freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba fired in a slap shot to put Michigan (16-18-3) ahead for good with 10 minutes, 45 seconds left in the game.

"I think we've seen Frank (Slubowski) better,” Western Michigan coach Andy Murray said of his sophomore goaltender. “I think he is an honest player and would say the exact same thing."

Comments

garrisondyer

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 7:51 p.m.

I listen to the audio feed on MGoBlue.com. Al and Bill call the games really well. Listening to the WMU fans doing our exact same cheers and chants makes me sick, though. Go Blue!!!

local

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 11:45 a.m.

Big, gutsy win last night. I don't think Michigan played to the same level they did last weekend and still found a way to win. Another gut check time tonight, Go Blue!!

Blue Marker

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 2:48 p.m.

Better competition this weekend. I hope they win tonight and end this thing. Oh how I wish it was on TV tonight.