Michigan Hockey 15-16, Game #37: Michigan 3, Notre Dame 2 (OT)

Michigan Hockey 15-16, Game #37: Michigan 3, Notre Dame 2 (OT)

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 25th, 2016 at 9:23 PM
FINALLY! [Patrick Barron]
We wondered what it would be like if M's scoring depth was tested.  Tonight, it happened.  The CCM line generated a few chances but nothing very scary...early on.  The best looks came from the 2nd line.  Boo, Selman, and Kile all had great looks at the net.  Selman converted his off of a nice faceoff play, but Cal Petersen was able to put the rest of M's good looks to bed.  Notre Dame all but eliminated the M's top line through two periods, forcing the rest of the Wolverines lines to produce the scoring and it just didn't happen.  A hat tip to the ND coaching staff.  No one has really been able to do that all year.  It got so bad that Michigan started slipping Connor onto different lines just to give him a chance to get a few looks.  The third period produced a few better looks, but still nothing...until Werenski stepped into the slot and tied the game with about half of the third period left.  Kyle Connor ALMOST won the game right before the end of regulation, but Petersen got enough of Connor's shot to slow it down on the goalline before freezing it.  However...you can keep the CCM line off the board for three periods but apparently not four.  Connor had multiple Grade A chances to start the OT period, then got the puck down to Compher, who found Motte wide open in the slot to finish off the Irish, 3-2.  After only a decent showing in the first couple periods, Michigan bombarded Petersen in the third and overtime.  Michigan's supporting cast did just enough to let the CCM line slam the door.
Michigan's defense was not stellar, tonight. Downing took a terrible gamble near the end of the first that set up Bjork on a 2v1.  He didn't need to pass and hit a corner on Racine, scoring ND's first tally.  Downing also had another couple of plays that reminded us of what he was for most of his career, instead of the last few months.  He wasn't alone, though.  There were enough defensive zone TOs and failed clears that allowed ND to sustain a lot of pressure.  The Irish also missed on a few wide open opportunities.  A goal is attributed to Werenski -who also had another few fantastic opportunities- so there is that.  Michigan did only give up two goals, but Racine can take most of the credit for that.  They will need to be consistently better as a unit, if they are going to shut down a powerful North Dakota attack, tomorrow night.
The biggest key coming into to the game tonight was ND taking penalties.  If you stay out of the box, Michigan's biggest weapon is gone.  That's exactly what they did tonight.  Michigan had zero power plays.  I think that's the first game this year that Michigan has not had a power play?  Its a big testament to Michigan getting three goals without their nuclear bomb.  Also, props to ND for staying out of the box.
Michigan had to kill two penalties and did so.  Notre Dame threatened a few times, but never scored.  Really not much else to say in this section.
NOPE! [Patrick Barron]
Steve Racine may have had his best game as a Wolverine tonight.  He flat out robbed ND multiple times throughout the game.  He matched Petersen save-for-save.  I can't really put either goal on Racine, tonight. He had no chance on the 2v1 on the first goal -it was also an excellent snipe by Bjork.  It was tough to tell, but I don't think he saw the 2nd goal.  A couple of ND skaters crossed in the left faceoff circle and the lead one dropped the puck off and the second immediately shot the puck high over Racine's blocker.  I thought from his reaction that he never saw the drop.  
I would give Racine the MVP, although Petersen played just as well.  Dealing with a leaky defense and and offense that couldn't get in gear until 3rd period, Steve Racine kept Michigan in the game long enough for the Wolverine legs to outlast the Irish legs.  It's about time the senior get his due.
I counted four.
The first I've covered a few times.  It was not good.  Michigan hadn't given up an OMR goal in a few weeks.  It was situations like that, that lead to Adam and I digging into and counting OMRs.
The next three came to very little (3v2, 2v1, 3v2).  Racine had to make a nice save on the fourth, but the second and third were rather harmless.  Michigan does need to stay disciplined, though.  A powerful North Dakota offense awaits and giving them numbers in transition could end even worse than tonight.

Five Wolverines at Team USA World Junior Championships Tryout Camp

Five Wolverines at Team USA World Junior Championships Tryout Camp

Submitted by chatster on December 18th, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Although this has nothing to do with Jim Harbaugh, there are FIVE Michigan players at the Team USA World Junior Championships tryout camp at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena this week – forwards JT Compher, Tyler Motte and Dylan Larkin and defensemen Michael Downing and Zach Werenski.

There will be a live stream of the exhibition game on Friday against Boston University. LINK

NHL Central Scouting Release By-League Rankings (Compher USHL #1)

NHL Central Scouting Release By-League Rankings (Compher USHL #1)

Submitted by lhglrkwg on November 21st, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Wellll since I'm a little desparate for good news on the hockey front and I don't feel like sleeping right now I thought I'd throw this together. NHL Central Scouting released their 2013 rankings for each of the 4 North American Junior A Leagues (USHL, the Q, the O, and the W)

No Michigan recuits showed up in the CHL rankings but here's our guys in the USHL. I used Chris Heisenberg's spreadsheet to figure out the commitments of the USHL guys (didn't bother with CHL). I was pretty surprised that USHL guys have so consistently committed to colleges. Nice to see that from a NCAA vs OHL fight! perspective

Michigan commits bolded


1 JT Compher LW USA U-18 Michigan
2 Ian McCoshen D Waterloo BC
3 Hudson Fasching RW USA U-18 Minnesota
4 Steven Santini D USA U-18 BC
5 Keaton Thompson D USA U-18 North Dakota
6 Michael Downing D Dubuque Michigan
7 Michael McCarron RW USA U-18 Western Michigan
8 Luke Johnson C Lincoln North Dakota
9 Gustav Olofsson D Green Bay Colorado College
10 Ross Olsson RW Lincoln Northeastern
11 Blake Heinrich D Sioux City Minnesota-Duluth
12 Tyler Motte C USA U-18 Michigan
13 Jake Guentzel C Sioux City Nebraska-Omaha
14 Sean Malone C USA U-18 Harvard
15 Trevor Moore LW Tri-City Denver
16 Brendan Harms RW Fargo Bemidji State
17 Connor Clifton D USA U-18 Quinnipiac
18 Taylor Cammarata C/LW Waterloo Minnesota
19 Evan Allen C USA U-18 Michigan
20 Will Butcher D USA U-18 Denver
21 Garrett Gamez RW Tri-City Denver
22 Thomas Ebbing LW Chicago Bowling Green
23 Zack Pittman D Lincoln  
24 Jacob Montgomery LW Sioux City Nebraska-Omaha
25 Frederik Tiffels LW Muskegon  
LV John Hayden C USA U-18 Yale
1 Eamon McAdam G Waterloo Penn State
2 Calvin Petersen G Waterloo Notre Dame
3 Sean Romeo G Youngstown  
4 Charlie Lindgren G Sioux Falls St Cloud
5 Hunter Miska G USA U-18  

Western College Hockey Blog (who sometimes frequents this blog) indicated that the top 6 USHL guys are considered possible 1st rounders which would put both Compher and Downing in that top round.

Edit: The link to the relase might be nice. LINK

Double Edit: Obviously there are no Michigan recruits in the CHL because they would be ineligible

CHP interview with Michael Downing ('13 M Hockey Commit)

CHP interview with Michael Downing ('13 M Hockey Commit)

Submitted by lhglrkwg on July 14th, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Some late night reading for everyone. College Hockey Perspective got an interview with Michael Downing who was recently listed as an "A" player for the next NHL draft meaning he has some 1st round potential (along with fellow commit JT Compher)


... I’ve been in love with the school since I was four. When you know, you know, and I just fell in love. Playing at Yost (Ice Arena) is just a dream come true because there are so many historic moments there. I honestly just can’t wait to be a Wolverine.


Michael Downing @ U17 Tourney

Michael Downing @ U17 Tourney

Submitted by ChasingRabbits on August 10th, 2011 at 1:21 PM

USA Captain Downing Shakes hands pregame
M Downing shaking hands pregame. Taller than all the refs... nice.


I had the pleasure of attending the U17 5 nations tournament last night in A2. Team USA's captain is the newest UM hockey commit Michael Downing. He is every bit as big as advertised, just needs to fill out a bit, which will not be an issue as he only recently turned 16.

In his own zone, he was physical showing a quick stick and a bit of a nastiness to his game. His break out was good, both passing and skating, will just need to improve on the quickness of his decisions in this area as he move up competition. His skating was very good and he used it to jump into the offensive rush on several occasions. He was part of the first PP unit and scored a PP goal as he crashed the net, grabbed a rebound, made a move and roofed it from in tight. Showed some real nice hands for a big kid and a Defense man at that. Did all that ANDshowed the composure to stay out of the box in a one sided game that was getting chippy late. 

In short, I was very impressed with the kids game and size. And the coaches must be impressed with some intangibles to have named him captain. To my untrained eye UM is getting (please no more defections) a very good one.

I was also impressed with a couple other kids. Big forward Michael Turner showed great hands, with decent skating - this look to be a little awkward maybe due to recent growth spurt? But when he fills out and gets his feet under him, he will be tough to stop.

Adam Erne was also very good. Always seemed to be around the net with a good control on the puck. Another kid with some size, seems to have grown into it a little quicker than Turner.

The Goaltender Demko was top notch. Big kid, stayed square to shooters, only let one in. Was very good at controlling the puck for the most part, smothering it when needed, kicking it way out or deflecting it up into the netting. i think he was 6-3.. little different look than UM has currently.

Lastly, my favorite kid to watch was Daniel Vanderwiel. A little shorter, but very well built and loved to use it. Several nice open ice hits, rubbed guys out along the boards. Was very physical all game long. The Czech players were looking out for him all game. Just has to do a better job of controlling the puck once he crushes the puck carrier and holding it along the boards, then you might have a little Tkachuk on your hands. 

Saw a ton of NCAA coaches there including Billy Powers. Hopefully he was making some inroads with a few of the other kids.