fair point that
The puck drops on the 2015-16 Michigan Hockey season tomorrow, Red Berenson's final. This is the final year on the contract that Red himself said was going to be his final contract.
So a tournament bid at the very least would be nice.
Michigan killed overmatched Toronto in exhibtion two weeks ago, 8-1. All 3 goalies played for Michigan, but the talk during the game on commentary was that Racine had a bad summer and Nagelvoort did better.
So.....it looks like he'll be in net tomorrow based on that and that only.
#11 Michigan opens the season against Mercyhurst, from the Atlantic Hockey Association (the first of....sigh.....3 AHA opponents on the schedule) in a Friday/Sunday series.
Mercyhurst enters the series with a 3-1-0 record. Mercyhurst split their season opening series with Colgate, losing the opener 5-2 but winning the second game 9-7(!!). They swept conference foe Bentley
Historical Library the following weekend.
Key players to watch out for on Mercyhurst are leading scorer Taylor Best (4-1-5) and Elliott Kane (2-2-4, +5)
Their goalie, Brandon Wildung, has allowed 11 goals, stopped 103 shots for a 3.00 GAA. His save percentage is uh, not good.
It is crucial that Michigan sweeps this series. They cannot afford a loss to any of these tomato cans that make up virtually the entire non-conference slate. I know that's a lot to ask for since hockey can be a weird game and Michigan's track record hasn't been great in these games against AHA teams, but the B1G being so bad allows very little margin for error.
Plus, Michigan has a tough pair of games next weekend on the road. One of them is at Union who just upset then-#3 Boston University (another team Michigan faces on the road this year), 5-3. Cannot head into those games with a frustrating loss to a team you should easily roll.
As for the history between these two teams, Michigan leads the all-time series 2-0-1. Their last meeting was the 2010-11 season opener, in a game where Michigan blew a large lead allowing three 3rd period goals for Mercyhurst to leave with a tie.
Larkin 1G, 1A, 1 hit, 1/1 on faceoffs, 13+ minutes, Wings win 4-0
Copp 3 hits, 3/4 on faceoffs, 7+ minutes, Jets win 3-1
So, great opening game for Larkin, solid one for Copp
CORRECTION (thanks to BrownJuggernaut and kurpit): not Copp's debut; he played Thursday night and one game last season
Just got into town for homecoming. Ate a $17 sandwich at Zingerman's after waiting in line for an hour. Got a brownie to go. Now I'm watching "The Big Chill" in my hotel room. It certainly is an Ann Arbor kind of night. Go Blue!
Well, there it is.
The athletic department has officially recognized the student section at Yost Ice Arena as the Children of Yost, similarly to the Maize Rage being an official thing.
They're getting adidas t-shirts and the official Michigan Hockey account tweeted it
If he and Larkin both stay up most of the year, that's pretty persuasive proof that their choices were wise. I hope they do; good for them making the show on opening night.
EDIT: The Jets beat the Bruins handily, and Copp had a nice assist on their fifth goal. Nice start.
EDIT again: saw on Twitter from Jeffrey Weinstein that Copp's first point was at the end of last season, which I had forgotten or never knew. I edited the thread title to fix, and my apologies to COY if I am the source of their tweet that Weinstein corrected.