Michigan Wolverines news: Frozen Four at stake for Michigan hockey, baseball rolls, more

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The Michigan Wolverines are one win away from the Frozen Four in hockey, plus the baseball team clinches a series win and more. 

Much like the NCAA basketball tournament, the NCAA hockey tournament is played at neutral sites and not on the campus of schools.

But in the case of the Michigan Wolverines, it will feel like a road game as second-seeded Penn State in the Allentown Regional will basically be playing a home game against Michigan hockey on Sunday as both teams aim for the Frozen Four.

Penn State routed Michigan Tech by a score of 8-0 to advance to the national quarterfinals, while the Michigan Wolverines trounced Colgate 11-1 — with seven goals in the second period.

Michigan hockey and Penn State met four times during the regular season. Penn State won the first game in State College before the Wolverines took the second in overtime.  The Wolverines also swept Penn State in their recent homestand against the Nittany Lions 7-3 and 5-4.

Penn State actually had the NCAA tournament record for margin of victory before Michigan hockey broke it with its blowout of Colgate.

The Michigan Wolverines are leading the nation in goals scored and also boast the nation’s best goal scorer in Adam Fantilli who has 28 on the season. Luke Hughes has also been spectacular and is coming off a five-point performance (two goals, three assists) on Friday.

The first puck will drop between Big Ten rivals at 6:30 PM EST on ESPNU. The winner heads to the Frozen Four and for Michigan hockey, it would be two years in a row.

Michigan Wolverines clinch series win in baseball

The season hasn’t started exactly as Michigan baseball hoped, but Big Ten play is off to a roaring start as U-M followed up a 13-4 win over Penn State Friday with a 12-4 victory on Saturday.

Chase Allen allowed nine hits in just over five innings of work for the Michigan Wolverines but allowed just two runs on his way to getting the win.

Joey Velazquez had another nice day at the plate as the Michigan football player doubled in two runs in the first as Michigan grabbed a 4-0 lead. Jonathan Kim also helped the cause later in the game with a three-run double in the sixth inning to make it 11-2 Wolverines.

Kim and Ted Burton were the only Michigan baseball players with multiple hits. Burton also drove in two runs in the win. Michigan baseball is 11-11 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. U-M will host Penn State again Sunday to close out the Big-Ten opening series (1 PM EST, BTN+).

Softball delayed again

In other Michigan Wolverines news, the softball team had its second straight game against Ohio State postponed due to weather.

The Wolverines will battle the Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon. There will be games played at 1 and 3:30 p.m., as well as another on Monday to complete the three-game series.

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