Michigan Hockey: Minnesota at Michigan -- Game 1 Notes

GBMWolverine Hockey Tidbits2Posted at 12:00pm — 3/14/2014

Michigan Hockey: Minnesota at Michigan — Game 1 Notes

Friday, March 14 • 6:30 p.m. ET
Yost Ice Arena • Ann Arbor, Mich.
TV: ESPN News (John Buccigross, PxP; Sean Ritchlin, Color)
Radio: IMG Sports Network (Al Randall, PxP; Bill Trainor, Color)

No. 13 Michigan (17-11-4, 9-7-2-1 Big Ten) will host No. 1 Minnesota (24-4-6, 13-2-3 Big Ten) this weekend at Yost Ice Arena, as the Gophers return to Michigan for the first time since Nov. 27, 2009 (6-0, U-M), which is also the last time Michigan defeated the Gophers. Michigan owns a 64-47-7 record all-time at home against Minnesota, but the two teams have met just six times at Yost Ice Arena in the last 15 years. Minnesota is Michigan’s second oldest rival, with the first meeting taking place on Jan. 23, 1923 (L, 2-0) at Minnesota.

Yost Ice Arena 3Both Michigan and Minnesota were members of the WCHA from 1951-1981, before Michigan left for the CCHA before the start of the 1981-82 season. During that time period, Michigan and Minnesota met in the 1953 NCAA Championship Game, with Michigan earning a 7-3 win over the Gophers for their third straight national title and fourth overall. Michigan and Minnesota have met three times in the Frozen Four (1953, 2002, 2003).

Michigan head coach Red Berenson played his first collegiate game at Minnesota on Feb. 5, 1960 (L, 6-3).

The Wolverines will play the No. 1 team in the USCHO.com poll for the first time since April 7, 2011, when Michigan beat No. 1 North Dakota to advance to the national championship game. The Wolverines have seven wins against teams ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll.

Michigan hockey fansThe last time Michigan defeated the No. 1-ranked team in the USCHO.com poll at Yost Ice Arena was on Mar. 28, 1998, when the Wolverines beat No. 1 North Dakota, 4-3, in the NCAA West Regional to advance to the Frozen Four en route to the 1998 national championship.

Michigan’s forward line of LW Phil DiGiuseppe, C Boo Nieves, and RW Luke Moffatt has been excellent over the past few weeks. On Saturday night at Michigan State, both Di Giuseppe (G, 2A) and Nieves (G, 2A) matched career highs with three points and Moffatt recorded a goal and an assist, all in the first period.

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