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March 15, 2010

Kampfer leads a dominant defensive corps

With senior captain and defenseman Chris Summers an injury scratch over the weekend, Michigan needed someone to step up on the blue line. Enter senior Steve Kampfer. The fourth-year Wolverine might have had the best weekend of his career in leading U-M to a series sweep of Michigan State ...

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Player The Analysis Last Week

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Louie Caporusso,
F
Look who's suddenly within two markers of his second straight 20-goal season. The junior centerman contributed two goals and a helper in Friday's 5-1 win and picked up an assist in Saturday's 5-3 series-clinching victory. Overall, he had a team-high four points in the weekend sweep and now has seven goals and four assists in his last five games.
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David Wohlberg,
F
Wohlberg has also been at his best in U-M's past five games, recording at least one point in each, with four goals and three assists. The sophomore left winger was, perhaps, the best two-way forward over the weekend, contributing two goals and an assist while finishing with a plus/minus of +5. Wohlberg needs only four points to match last year's Rookie of the Year total (30).
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Steve Kampfer,
D
Already down its starting goalie, Michigan was dealt another blow when it learned senior captain and defenseman Chris Summers would miss the Michigan State series due to injury. But Kampfer, the other senior defender, stepped up big time, leading a blue line to its most dominant effort of the season in permitting just 37 shots on goal in two days. He also had a goal and was +2.
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Carl Hagelin,
F
Hagelin's first-period breakaway goal Friday jumpstarted the Wolverines' offensive. U-M scored twice more in the period to seize control of the game and the series. The junior forward added an assist Saturday and was +1 overall while playing superb on both ends of the rink, like he's done all year.
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Brandon Burlon,
D
Really, this spot could have gone to a number of other Michigan defensemen, including sophomore Greg Pateryn, junior Chad Langlais or rookie Lee Moffie. Burlon gets the nod because his talent shined defensively more than, perhaps, any time previously in his career. He also chipped in with an assist each night and was +4 overall.
NR

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Shawn Hunwick,
G
There might be a goal or two from Saturday Hunwick would like back, but every mistake is a learning experience for the backup netminder making just his fourth and fifth career starts. And when the Wolverines needed him, Hunwick was perfect in the third period of a 3-3 game Saturday. The junior finished with 33 saves on 37 shots (.892 save percentage), including 11 for 11 in the weekend's final 20 minutes.
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Ben Winnett,
F
It was very hard to pick this spot because a number of U-M skaters were deserving, but head coach Red Berenson put it best when he said Winnett played the best game of his career Saturday. The junior's second-period wrist shot tied the game at 3-3 and he was instrumental to a third-period penalty kill that staved off any hope of a Spartan comeback.
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