When Michigan's goalie Shawn Hunwick stands tall, it's more of a figurative statement. At "5-6-ish," as he concedes, the senior might be lucky to reach the top shelf of his locker stall without a lift. But nothing reached the top shelf of his net on Thursday night as Hunwick shut out North Dakota, the nation's top team, 2-0, in the Frozen Four semifinal game at the Xcel Energy Center.
In front of the Fighting Sioux-dominated, sell-out crowd, Hunwick turned aside-- often spectacularly -- 40 shots by a team that boasted the country's second-ranked offense (4.05 goals per game). North Dakota's leading scorer, Matt Frattin, led the nation with 36 goals. There was little question going into the game that the Sioux had the more talented, skilled team in the tournament. Michigan's longtime coach, Red Berenson, even conceded the point on the eve of the game: "We know they are a better team, but we are going to come and play hard."