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March 8, 2010

Hunwick, Caporusso jockey for top weekend effort

Just two weeks ago, junior Shawn Hunwick was an afterthought. A goalie that had appeared, but not started, in just two career games. Now? Now he's a strength and a positive heading into this week's series at Michigan State ...

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Player The Analysis Last Week


Louie Caporusso,
Caporusso had just seven goals in Michigan's first 30 games and was a huge culprit in the Wolverines' sputtering offense. But he has nine markers in U-M's last nine games, including a three-goal outburst in Saturday's 6-0 win. Caporusso is on fire of late, with 10 points in his last five games.


Shawn Hunwick,
Count Red Berenson among the believers. The head coach still referred to Hunwick as a backup a week ago following two starts against Notre Dame, but now ... well, he might just start the junior over Bryan Hogan, if the latter returns from injury. Hunwick was superb in the weekend sweep of Lake Superior State, making 49 saves on 51 shots (.961 save percentage).


Carl Hagelin,
Hagelin ended a four-game goalless drought with a pair of markers Saturday and came within a post of equaling Caporusso with a hat trick. The two juniors, best friends, share the team lead in markers this season with 16. Hagelin was his usual self over the weekend, doing a little bit of everything in finishing with a plus/minus of +3.


David Wohlberg,
Berenson told the media Saturday night we are only now beginning to see the player Wohlberg is capable of being, with the sophomore finally at 100 percent. If that's the case, and he gives Michigan what he gave over the weekend -- a goal, two assists and a +5 rating -- the Wolverines might just extend their playoff run.


Steve Kampfer,
This might be a first: Kampfer was on the ice for all six goals Saturday night, picking up a + in each instance to finish the evening +6 overall. Amazingly, the senior defender did not record a single assist or goal all weekend but he still managed a +8 tally. And he deserved that too, playing solid defense with a brand of physical play.


Matt Rust,
Ho-hum, ho-hum. When can a player finish with two points, including the game-winning goal in Friday's 5-2 win, and a +3 plus/minus, and not get much recognition for it? When that player is Rust and everyone expects perfect play every shift he's on the ice. Rust now has career highs in goals (12), assists (22) and points (34).


A.J. Treais,
Treais has struggled to be consistently productive this season for the Wolverines, going stretches of nine, seven and nine games without a goal. The latter came to an abrupt end Friday when the rookie banged in his sixth tally of the season. Though his numbers still aren't great, Treais created a ton of chances and looks to have found his niche as the third-line center.

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