The Wolverine

February 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  michigan hockey Wolverines Feeling The Heat Over Disappointing Year Michigan's 22-year NCAA Tournament appearance streak is on the line, the Wolverines know it, and they can feel the pressure that comes with underperforming after falling to a season-worst six games under .500 (7‑13‑2) following back-to-back losses to Alaska Jan.  11‑12 (after splitting with Lake Superior State Jan. 18‑19, they were 8‑14‑2). "It's a depressing feeling around the room," sophomore forward Alex Guptill said. "It's hard when you're not winning games. That's when the older guys have to step up, like myself, Lee Moffie, Kevin Lynch, A.J. Treais — the guys that have been there before. "Everyone is kind of on us in the media. It's tough. You have to find a positive vibe somewhere, try to turn it around and start winning. But it's not easy when you're reading all these things saying guys are missing open nets. As if we're not trying. We have guys calling us out all the time, but we have pride when we put on the Michigan sweater, and for people to call us out is kind of disgusting." M i c h i g a n ' s c a p t a i n , Tre a i s wouldn't go that far in pointing the finger at fans and media outside the program, but he echoed Guptill's sentiments that this team is struggling to maintain a positive attitude. "Obviously, it's frustrating," he said. "It seems like we can't buy a With a record of 8-14-2 through Jan. 19, it appears likely head coach Red Berenson and the Wolverines will see their 22-year NCAA Tournament appearance streak come to an end. photo by lon horwedel win, and we could start blaming a few guys each game, but that won't make us better. Everyone understands it's the team as a whole and accepts responsibility, and isn't just looking at one or two guys." Michigan hasn't had a losing sea-

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