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Posted on Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 1:08 a.m.

Michigan hockey team swept in weekend series by Alaska after 4-1 loss

By Courtney Sacco

The Michigan hockey team failed to garner a point in its weekend series with Alaska after a 4-1 loss at Yost Ice Arena. Freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba scored the Wolverines' lone goal in the second period.

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Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 2:51 p.m.

@mlivesaline 1. I don't care what you call me 2. I have kids in travel sports that take me away from most fri/sat games 3. I love stubhub because I don't have to "eat" the tickets 4. I'm more of a true M-Hockey fan than you'll ever hope to be 5. Why am I explaining myself to you 6. Good Day and Good Luck sir!

Anthony Andrews

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 7:57 p.m.

I can't help but wonder if this might be the end of an era for Coach Berenson. I'm not saying that it is, but I can't help but render the question. We have become accustomed to seeing Michigan teams grow and improve each season. As for this season, it is hard to imagine what has gone wrong. Is it chemistry, or is it a combination of factors? I can only hope that they salvage as much of the season as possible. Road series such as Lake State and Ohio State beckon. I hope that Coach Red and the boys are able to turn this ship around. Keep your heads up guys, we love and support you. GO BLUE!


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 6:58 p.m.

What has happened to this program? The fall off is shocking when you consider the facilities, talent recruited and track history of Red's system.

Rob MI

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:43 p.m.

Of noteworthy interest: The sweep by the Nanooks represents the first time they've ever swept a series against Michigan in either location and is also the first time the Nanooks have won back-to-back games in the series as well. Certainly a dubious ending to a series of competitions likely never to be played again unless the teams meet in the NCAA tournament.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 1:58 p.m.

As a season ticket holder for almost 15 years now, this is the worst team I've seen. Which surprises me, because this team is loaded with talent. I've sold most of my tickets via stubhub all year, but got to take in last nights game in person. What I saw was not Michigan Hockey. I saw coasting and a lack of enthusiasm by all of our skaters (except a couple). We were beaten to pucks, we had the play carried to us, not the other way around. Our fore checking and back checking were non-existent and all three of our netminders are suspect. I just couldn't believe how we were out skated, out hustled and out worked. That's not a typical Red Berenson team. Coach Berenson doesn't deserve all of the blame, but there is a little accountability here. He can't make the boys skate hard and care. I'm not giving up on them, but I think this season is pretty much done and the record of consecutive playoff appearances is about 99% over. There's one shining hope to make the playoffs... That's to win the CCHA Championship and get the automatic bid to the NCAAs. Lastly - I/we/everyone is spoiled by the success of this program. So I am not jumping off of the beloved wagon after one down year. I suspect something is killing the chemistry somewhere. Good Luck boys - I'll always support you! PLAY WITH HEART YOU BEAUTIES!


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 3:55 p.m.

I did not vote up or down on your comment. I like your analysis of last night's game. The problem comes from the top down. I also hope the hockey team can catch fire during the CCHA playoffs. It seems however that the team has thrown in the towel. If this team was so loaded with talent back in November, how is it they are failing? They were unable to gain a split on home ice against a sub .500 team. That is pretty aweful. Major changes are needed during the off season.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 3:36 p.m.

You've sold most of your tickets on stubhub, yet haven't jumped off the bandwagon. That's interesting because the fact that you're selling your tickets means you've jumped off the bandwagon. You sir, are not a true fan.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 1:56 p.m.

"The Michigan hockey team failed to garner a point in its weekend series with Alaska after a 4-1 loss at Yost Ice Arena. Freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba scored the Wolverines' lone goal in the second period." What? Why did I just have to read these sentences three times? Do I have to be a hockey expert to understand how in the heck these two sentences cohere? Is a goal different from a point? Please, write for the general reader. Assume a mere working knowledge of the subject.

Pete Cunningham

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 5:34 p.m.

This is meant to mean Michigan failed to gain a point in the CCHA standings.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2 p.m.

You get points for winning/tying games. Goals do not equal points. Michigan had 5 goals in the series, but didn't get a point in the standings. Thus, they took two losses and got 0 points. You can always wiki CCHA Hockey Rules or google. Not's responsibility to teach you the sport.