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Posted on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 1:04 p.m.

Michigan hockey team opens GLI play against No. 3-ranked Boston College

By Staff

It’s been a struggle at times this season for the Michigan hockey team, so maybe a 19-day break between games will help.

The Wolverines (9-8-3) are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games, and they open Great Lakes Invitational play Thursday with a 7:35 p.m. game (Fox Sports Detroit) against No. 3-ranked Boston College. Michigan, ranked No. 20, has won three of the last four GLI tournaments.

Michigan State and Michigan Tech play in the opener of the two-day tournament at 4 p.m.

Michigan coach Red Berenson said the Wolverines were playing better in their last three games before the break, when they won at Alaska, beat Michigan State and then had a shootout loss to the Spartans.

“I liked our momentum at the time, but it its what it is,” Berenson told

Junior forward Chris Brown, who leads Michigan with 18 points, has two goals and two assists in the last two games. Senior forward and team captain Luke Glendening also felt Michigan was back on track before the break.

“Obviously it’s a little frustrating; we were playing well,” he told “But, you know, this is the start to a new season. So I think that’s good for us, too, and we can start it rolling and get it going for the second half.”

Boston College (12-6-0) is 5-5 in its last 10 games.