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October 26, 2012

Michigan begins critical stretch of CCHA games

The Michigan hockey team begins CCHA play tonight when it hosts Miami (Ohio) for a pair of games at Yost Ice Arena. They are the first of nine conference contests the next five weeks and while the race for the league title won't heat up for months, U-M's performance in October and November is crucial.

Over the past 23 seasons, Michigan has won 11 CCHA regular-season titles and never had a losing record during the first two months of play in those campaigns. In fact, U-M has boasted better than a .700 winning percentage in nine of those 11 crown-wearing seasons, going 5-3-1 (.611) in 2002 and 5-3-0 (.625) in 2004 as the two exceptions.

Only twice in the last 23 years has Michigan finished the first two months with a losing record in conference play, in 2010 when it would finish seventh in the CCHA, and in 2012, when it rebounded to place second.

"You want to win your games in October just as much as you want to win in February," sophomore forward Alex Guptill said. "Every win matters and so we know we need to get off to a good start."

Tonight's game can be seen on Comcast Channel 900 beginning at 7:30.

Year
Finish
Oct./Nov. CCHA Record
Winning Pct.
2012
2nd
3-5-2
.400
2011
Champs
8-3-1
.708
2010
7th
3-5-0
.375
2009
2nd
5-5-0
.500
2008
Champs
8-0-0
1.000
2007
2nd
7-2-0
.778
2006
3rd
5-1-1
.786
2005
Champs
7-1-0
.875
2004
Champs
5-3-0
.625
2003
2nd
6-1-1
.813
2002
Champs
5-3-1
.611
2001
2nd
6-3-0
.667
2000
Champs
7-3-0
.700
1999
2nd
7-2-1
.750
1998
2nd
6-2-1
.722
1997
Champs
6-1-1
.813
1996
Champs
7-1-0
.875
1995
Champs
6-2-0
.750
1994
Champs
7-0-1
.938
1993
2nd
5-2-2
.667
1992
Champs
6-1-2
.778
1991
2nd
9-3-2
.714
1990
4th
8-5-1 .607



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