Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
A couple more Wolverine hockey alumni will be heading to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and both had a hand in tonight's Montreal win over Ottawa. The Canadiens won the series four games to two behind outstanding Carey Price goaltending, but tonight Pateryn assisted on Brendan Gallagher's first-period goal, the game-winner, and Pacioretty sealed the deal with an empty-netter from deep in his own end with 0.03 to go.
Wolverines whose teams remain in the playoffs as of this post include:
-Andrew Cogliano (Ducks)
-Luke Glendening (Red Wings)
-Carl Hagelin (Rangers)
-Matt Hunwick (Rangers)
LET'S GO RED WINGS, plus the Habs and Rangers otherwise, and to a lesser extent, the Ducks.
Game starts at 7:30 on Fox Sports Detroit.
Michigan leads the all-time series, 152–128–19
Michigan leads the 'Rivalry at the Joe' series, 14–9–4
For the second straight day Dylan Larkin was named the player of the game for Team USA. Had an assist on the opening goal by Sonny Milano then added a goal of his own to make the game 2-0.
USA went on to win 3-0 and remain in 2nd place (8 pts) behind Canada (9pts). USA will play Canada in what should be a preview of the finals in Montreal on Dec. 31st at 4:00pm.
Congrats to Dylan on what is quickly becoming a very impressive WJC for him.
NCAA.com is hosting a voting bracket for the all time Frozen Four Champion.
Today, the 1956 M team is facing the 1985 RPI team, which is a bad match up IMO. I voted with my head (the RPI '85 team), but can't blame you for voting with your hearts (MICHIGAN).
LINK: 1985 RPI vs 1956 M
Right now, M is down 73-27%.
AFAIK, all voting is via twitter:
Per Michael Spath on twitter, Michigan forward Phil DiGiuseppe has signed with the Carolina Hurricanes which voids his last year of eligibility with the team.
And so begins another summer of Michigan Hockey and seeing who will still be here once the new season begins. Losing him is not crippling, but also not ideal. Hopefully everyone else stays because the depth still eligible and the incoming recruiting class has the ability to make some noise next year.
EDIT: per Mark Edwards on twitter, Alex Guptill has also signed an entry level deal with the Dallas Stars
Is anyone here planning on traveling to the Twin Cities for the tournament? I'll unfortunately be out of town when UM comes here to play the Gophers but will be back in time for the tournament.
Would love to know which section to look for tickets in.