CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 15: Members of the Michigan Wolverines react after a first period goal agains the Ohio State Buckeys during the Frozen Diamond Faceoff at Progressive Field on January 15, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Frozen Diamond Faceoff: Michigan Beats Ohio State 4-1 For Series Sweep

Michigan won the Frozen Diamond Faceoff by a score of 4-1, giving the Wolverines a series sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Frozen Diamond Faceoff Final Score: Michigan Sweeps Ohio State With 4-1 Victory

Most headlines from Sunday's hockey game between Michigan and Ohio State will focus on the fact that the game was played outdoors at the Cleveland Indians' Progressive Field. Beyond the spectacle of it being an outdoor hockey game, however, is the important fact that Michigan beat Ohio State 4-1 for a weekend series sweep of the Buckeyes. The Wolverines won 4-0 in Columbus on Friday, and now with a win on Sunday, they picked up two wins over the No. 2 team in the country.

Sunday's victory outdoors came thanks to a quick start and a strong second period. Michigan got the scoring started with goals from Chris Brown and Alex Guptill in the first period, taking a quick 2-0 lead in similar fashion to Friday's game.

Unlike on Friday, Ohio State did manage to put one shot past Shawn Hunwick. The Buckeyes' lone goal of the weekend came 50 seconds into the second period and cut Michigan's lead in half. Ohio State looked as though it was going to make a game of the Frozen Diamond Faceoff, but Michigan answered midway through the second with two goals in 28 seconds. Derek DeBlois scored the first on a redirect from David Wohlberg, and Wohlberg got the second by going hard to the net.

Neither team managed to score in the third period, meaning Michigan won 4-1. The Wolverines have now won two outdoor games, as this win improved their record outdoors to 2-1-1 all time. (The other win was last season in The Big Chill at the Big House against Michigan State; the loss was at the Camp Randall Classic to Wisconsin in 2010; the tie was against Michigan State in the Cold War back in 2001.)

A month ago, Michigan entered its series against Michigan State having just snapped a seven-game winless streak. The Wolverines went on to beat the Spartans in one game and tie them in the other. They did the same thing last week against Lake Superior State, which came after a pair of wins in the Great Lakes Invitational. Now with a pair of wins in Ohio against the Buckeyes, Michigan has gone nine games without a loss. The Wolverines have completely changed the outlook of their season in the last month, and now they sit in third place in the CCHA, only five points back of first-place Ohio State.


Frozen Diamond Faceoff Score Update: Michigan Takes 4-1 Lead Into 3rd Period

The first part of the second period of the Frozen Diamond Faceoff was all Ohio State. The Buckeyes scored just 50 seconds into the period, and they were carrying the play. Then, halfway through the second, Michigan flipped the momentum and took back control of the outdoor game with two quick goals, making it 4-1 after 40 minutes of play.

Ohio State's first goal of the weekend against Michigan came on a nice feed from Max McCormick. Chris Crane put the puck past Shawn Hunwick for the first goal ever scored on him in an outdoor game. (Hunwick shut out Michigan State 5-0 in The Big Chill at the Big House last season.)

Michigan responded in a big way midway through the period. Near the halfway mark, Derek DeBlois redirected a pass from David Wohlberg into the net. The goal came after a turnover by Ohio State and once again made this a two-goal game. Then, only 28 seconds later, Wohlberg scored a goal of his own by taking the puck hard to the net. Cal Heeter simply misplayed the shot, and the puck went past him.

Ohio State decided to replace Heeter after the two quick goals. Brady Hjelle is now in net for the Buckeyes, and although he hasn't allowed a goal yet despite some close calls, Michigan has a commanding 4-1 lead with only 20 minutes to play.


Frozen Diamond Faceoff Score Update: Michigan Leads Ohio State 2-0 After 1 Period

In the first period of the Frozen Diamond Faceoff at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Michigan picked up where it left off on Friday night against Ohio State. The Wolverines downed the Buckeyes 4-0 in Columbus on Friday, and already Michigan has a two-goal lead on Ohio State in Sunday's outdoor game.

Michigan opened the scoring at Progressive Field 7:31 into the game. Chris Brown scored on Ohio State's Cal Heeter, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Kevin Clare and Alex Guptill.

Guptill went from assisting on a goal to scoring one later in the first period. 13:33 into the opening frame, he sniped a shot past Heeter on a pass from Brown, the scorer of the first goal. Mac Bennett also had an assist on the goal, which made it 2-0 Michigan.

Shawn Hunwick, who had a career-high 46 saves in Friday's game against Ohio State, has 11 saves so far in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff. His save percentage is still perfect, as Ohio State has yet to score on him this weekend.

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