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Relishing success of streak

Hockey season turned around with four-game winning streak

Just two weeks ago, IU was 4-5-0 overall, 0-2 in conference play, and looking up at an 8-point deficit in the Great Midwest Hockey League. Coming off a pair of conference losses, the Hoosiers could have easily let the season start to slide.\nIU responded with a four-game win streak, including a pair of conference victories over Ferris State and Michigan, and two Southeast region victories over Liberty University.\nAfter a pair of home wins over the University of Dayton, the Hoosiers averaged just over 2.5 goals in seven games. They gave up 27 goals while scoring 15 and were killing 68 percent of their powerplays.\nIn the last four games, the Hoosiers have been a different team. IU has scored 24 goals, for an average of six per game. IU has given up just eight over that span and killed 85 percent of its penalties. Despite the recent success, coach Rich Holdeman said he won't jump to conclusions too soon.\n"I don't want to say, 'we've arrived' but we certainly are headed in the right direction." Holdeman said.\nIU now has four points in the GMHL and trail Michigan by five points. The Wolverines (10-4-1, 4-2-1) have played three more conference games than IU (8-5-0, 2-2-0). The Hoosiers will have to wait until January 31 to make those games up.\nIU has scheduled one home game against Bowling Green State University (12-4-0) Dec. 13 to replace a vacancy left when IPFW's hockey program folded earlier this season.\nThe Hoosiers will face off against Miami (OH) twice this weekend, playing a game in Oxford, OH Friday night and one Saturday at Frank Southern Arena.

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