The Wolverine

November 2011

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���It���s been good to start strong, but this is a long season and we can���t jump to conclusions after one month,��� junior defenseman Lee Moffie said. In the coming weeks, the challenges grow. U-M faces three consecutive conference foes to begin November and five more CCHA rivals before taking a holiday break preceding the Great Lakes Invitational Dec.��29-30. ���We���re seeing some bright signs in our offense, but we���ve still got a ways to go,��� Berenson said, offering the final take. ���Individually, Lindsay has definitely taken a step, and good for him. But we still have players like [junior] Kevin Lynch that has to get back up there with his production, and so on. I can go through the team. ���On the other hand, I think our freshmen have shown they can definitely contribute. Our power play has to get better, and that���s a part of your offense. Even if we have eight goals in a weekend, or nine, it doesn���t mean we���re there. But I���ve seen a lot of good things. ���I���m confident our team can hold its own. Are we going to have a 20goal scorer or two or three? That���s a long way down the trail, but right now we���re competing.��� ��� Through Oct. 31, Hunwick sported a 6-0-1 record, a .949 save percentage and a 1.38 goals-against average. Photo by Lon Horwedel Shawn Hunwick Won���t Apologize For Feisty Play Fifth-year senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick has made the cover of The Michigan Daily numerous times in his career, but his appearance Oct. 24 wasn���t worthy of a frame. Hunwick would have preferred if the front page, showing him throwing his fist at a Northern Michigan skater, would have been tossed in the recycle bin. Hunwick was ejected midway through the Wolverines��� 5-3 loss to the Wildcats Oct.�� 21, penalized for contact to the head and a game misconduct after he didn���t take kindly to NMU forward Andrew Cherniwchan running into him in the Michigan goal crease. At the time of Hunwick���s ejection, the score was knotted at 0-0. In the final 30 minutes, the Maize and Blue would surrender five goals. ���It���s a game of emotion and he got tripped up pretty good and then the player came back at him and instigated the issue, but Shawn can���t retaliate,��� head coach Red Berenson said. ���He knows that now. You learn by making mistakes. He made a mistake and he���ll learn from it.��� Hunwick has been involved in altercations around his crease before, taking two penalties against Michigan State in a regular-season game during his junior year and another penalty in the 2011 national championship game against Minnesota-Duluth. His infraction at MSU cost the Wolverines, with the Spartans scoring on the ensuing power play in an eventual 4-3 win. Hunwick���s penalty against the Bulldogs didn���t result in a power-play marker, but his call this season did. The Wolverines back their feisty goaltender, though they vow to do the fighting for him. ���He���s very edgy, and that���s what makes him so good,��� junior defender Lee Moffie said. ���If he didn���t have that him in I don���t know if he���d be as good. But he knows he can���t get kicked out of a game. He knows he has to leave it to us to protect him from now on.��� Hunwick is sorry he crossed the line, promising it won���t happen again, but he will not apologize for the way in which he competes. ���I play with emotion; it���s how I���ve played since I was 8 years old,��� he said. ���I remember growing up playing against Little Caesars and they were our archrival and going at it with guys like Tim Miller, getting into fights, talking trash. It���s just a part of my game. ���I have to be able to control my emotions better than I did, but at the same time I���m not going to try to play without emotion or any differently.��� With Hunwick out, sophomore Adam Janecyk stepped in. The backup had a few good moments and recorded 10 saves, but he doesn���t provide Michigan the same confidence Hunwick does. ���I thought he came in and looked like he was ready,��� Berenson said. ���You never know when you���re going to play. He���s never been put in a game because of Hunwick being ejected or being injured. The only time he���s been put in is when we���ve had a big lead and he���s played half a period. So he really hasn���t been thrust into a situation. ���Here he was thrust into a situation he didn���t expect, and the other team is on the power play, and we���re on the road, and it���s a 0���0 game. He made two or three good stops, and then he gave up a bad goal. All good goalies give up bad goals, but that was a costly goal.��� ��� Michael Spath November 2011��� ������ the wolverine��� 101

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