"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Big time game tonight. One of two teams in this horrid non-conference slate that will positively impact our RPI if we can beat them (the other one being BU).
Michigan travels to Schenectady, NY to take on #18 Union.
Union already has one impressive win this season, as they beat BU 5-3 in their season opener.
Racine starting in net tonight.
Puck drop: 7:30pm
TV: UATV ($7.99 fee) LINK
"Legendary Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson will be the guest on Thursday's "Slap Schotts College Hockey Segment" during Rodger Wyland's "Big Board Sportstalk" at 11:05 a.m. on FOX Sports 980 (WOFX-AM).
With the Wolverines visiting Union and RPI this weekend, we'll talk to Berenson about his career in hockey and the outlook of his team this season.
You can post questions on Twitter @slapschotts, my "Slap Schotts" college hockey segment page on Facebook (please like the page by clicking here, as well as The Daily Gazette On Ice Facebook page here.
Source: Daily Gazette, 10/21/2015, Ken Schott
Turning to brighter things.... great in depth story on Larkin in todays News.
Larkin is the first teenager in the Wings’ lineup since Jiri Hudler in the 2003-04 season.
Playing mostly on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader, his speed and skill are apparent. Larkin has been among the Wings’ better players in each game during their 3-2 start.
Then, at the University of Michigan, it was a season with Red Berenson. “The level of hockey here in Michigan is probably at its best, right now, with all of the Triple-A teams and all the players who are not in college and in pros,” Larkin said. “When I think of all the different options you can take, there’s so many options.
In the manner of all college coaches, before Larkin skated in maize and blue, Berenson watched Larkin for some years, beginning in mites. “When I first saw him, I liked the way he skated and I liked the way he competed,” Berenson said. “He worked really hard on the ice, for a skilled player. “And then, after that, we just saw bits and pieces of him, because he had a number of injuries that kept him from having a complete year. So, it really wasn’t until he got here that we fully appreciated the kind of player he could be.
“By then, he’d been drafted by Detroit (15th overall in 2014) — a lot of people were surprised that he was drafted that high,” Berenson said. “So, when he came here, he came in with the added expectation that he’d been a first-round pick. “And he lived up to it, right from day one. He brought it every day. He had a good work ethic in practice.”
The desire to be good was obvious, Berenson said. And so was another key ingredient. “The good thing is, he’s coachable as well. He’s not just a good player who’s not going to get any better.“I mean, he’s just going to get better, as he gets older and more experienced.”
Much of what Berenson saw, Larkin’s previous coaches experienced. They all talk about fine talent, married to hard work born of intense desire.
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Well, college hockey in the B1G kicked off for real this weekend. Much like last year, it looks like the B1G is going to struggle with national prominence. First the results:
Saturday, October 10, 2015
- Michigan State 4 @ Lake Superior 1
- Northern Michigan 3 @ Wisconsin 3 OT
- Ohio State 0 @ Bowling Green 2
- Penn State 6 @ Canisius 1
- Vermont 3 @ Minnesota 0
Friday, October 16, 2015
- Mercyhurst 4 @ Michigan 6
- Michigan State 2 @ Denver 4
- Miami 3 @ Ohio State 2
- Notre Dame 7 @ Penn State 4
- Minnesota-Duluth 3 @ Minnesota 1
- Wisconsin 0 @ Boston College 6
Saturday, October 17, 2015
- Michigan State 0 @ Denver 3
- Notre Dame 3 @ Penn State 5
- Ohio State 1 @ Miami 3
- Minnesota 0 @ Minnesota-Duluth 3
- Wisconsin 1 @ Boston University 4
Sunday, October 18, 2015
- Mercyhurst 2 @ Michigan 3
- Two weeks into the season, only Michigan and Penn St have shown signs of life. Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio St are all winless, with all three looking like they're going to have issues this year-- Minnesota with replacing goaltending and upper class talent; Wisconsin with avoiding a death spiral of ineffective recruiting & player development, coupled with a HC on the hot seat; Ohio St being Ohio St hockey. Michigan St only has a win against Lake St with two uncompetitive losses to Denver. Hildebrand's looking vulnerable in addition to the usual MSU lack of offensive firepower. All the bad results from Minn, Wiscy, and OSU being OOC losses to NCHC teams will kill us down the road in strength of schedule calculations.
- That being said, Penn St looks good in context. A split with ND is a respectable showing, and considering their trajectory, this could be a leap year for the Nittany Lions. They have scoring (their PP looks legit), but their goaltending may be a liability. I need to watch them more in person.
- Michigan will probably not have a problem scoring goals (again), but uncertain goaltending and a loose defense will be issues (again). I've seen 2 of the 3 games Michigan has played this year so far in person, and here's to hoping Nagelvoort takes the job and runs with it, because Racine did not look good. I will say that encouraging signs are Nieves seems ready to make a big leap, and the passing against Mercyhurst was much improved over what I'd seen in the past two years.
Early season bottom line
- If you asked me to call it now, I'd say this is going to be a 2 team race for the conference title between us and Penn St, and if we get competent goaltending, Michigan could run away with it.
- I'd be suprised if B1G gets two teams in the NCAA tourney, with the exception of Michigan winning the conference by a large margin, and then a Cinderella team wins the conference tourney. If it's a close 2 team race between Michigan and Penn St for the conference, unless both teams only have losses to each other in conference, it's probably a one bid league.
- In a "damn it" realization, I think it's safe to say the NCHC got the better of the CCHA dissolution, probably even long term. Every single one of their teams except for Western Michigan and St Cloud St have established themselves as national level programs now. Maybe NoDak takes a step back if the coaching loss really was that big, but they're still prominent enough they can absorb a couple down years and regain status fairly fast.
- Hate to say this, but the next two weeks are probably make-or-break for Michigan's at-large dreams. Sweep #11 Union, RPI, and Robert Morris from now through Halloween, Michigan can probably split the BU and still be OK. Lose two of the next four, we may need a Boston sweep to keep at-large dreams alive. Such is life when you're in such a sucky conference.
#11 Michigan (1-0-0) takes on Mercyhurst (3-2-0) in the second game of the Fri/Sun series.
Michigan frustratingly was in a 4-4 game with Mercyhurst in the 3rd period on Friday.
Hopefully a much better defensive and goaltending performance.
Puck drop: 5:05pm
I'm a little terrified of this non-conference schedule that's full of AHA and ECAC teams.
One loss in the non-conf and that's an anchor on the RPI which will make it an uphill battle the rest of the season considering there's one other good team in the B1G and I doubt Michigan clean sweeps everyone in the B1G.
Puck drop: 7:35pm
TV: BTN+ ($)
Here we goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo