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2B - The Michigan Daily - Faceoff 2005 - Thursday, October 6, 2005

The Michigan Daily - Faceoff 24

Table of
3B Follow the Leader
With Jeff Tambellini's departure, Michi-
gan will turn to its junior forward to
embrace his new role as captain
4B New Kids on the
Block
A quick look at Michigan's 11-man
freshman class
6B Three's Company
For three years Michigan fans con-
centrated on one goalie. Now they
concentrate on three.
7B Captains
As Michigan's lone captain, Andrew
Ebbett will be counted on to provide
leadership to a young team.
8B A Dream Come True
Freshman sensation Jack Johnson's
dream of wearing Maize and Blue has
finally come to fruition.
y SOme Vo
Top 2t Y:l
I. Denver (17)
2. Minnsot a (13)
3, Boston ColIege (2)
4. Cornel
5. Ohto $tate (2)
6. Colorado College
7. North Dakota (1)
8. Michigan
9. New Hamp:shre
10. Wisconsin (1)
11. Main~e
12; Northern Mkchiga.
13. Boston University
14. Dartrnouth
15. Harvard
16. Mass-Lowell
17. Michigan State
18& Colgate
19. Vermont
1.9. Minnesota-Duluth
Others Receiving Votes:
BemidJp State, Nebraska-Omaha. Miami.
St.. Lawaence, AMabamauntsvile'
Massachusetts, Mercylhurst, Alaska-
Fairbanks, Minnesota State, Clarkson,
$1. Cloud State Rensselaer, rown. HkAY
Ccoss, Lake $iuperor, Quinnipiac, waye
State, Bowlng Gren Ferris Stt

Captain Ebbett is

re

STAFF PICKS
Preseason
selections
CCHA First Place
CCHA Second Place
CCHA Third Place
Mason Cup Winner
Mason Cup Second
CCHA Coach of the Year
Surprise CCHA team
CCHA MVP
GLI champion
Michigan MVP
Michigan leading scorer
Top Michigan freshman
NCAA Frozen Four
(Champion in bold)

H. Jose Bosch

James V. Dowd

Mark Giannotto

Dan Levy

Ohio State.
Northern Michigan
Michigan
Michigan
Northern Michigan
Red Berenson
Notre Dame
Rod Pelley, Ohio State
llchgan
Brandon Kaleniecki
T.J. Hensick
Billy Sauer
Denver
Minnesota
Ohio State
Cornell

Mehgan
Ohio State
Northern Michigan
Michigan
Ohio State
Berenson
Notre Dame
Pelley
Michigan
Jack Johnson
Hensick
Johnson
Boston College
Denver
Michigan
North.Dakota

Ohio State
Michigan State
Michigan
Ohio State
Tavis Macmillan, A-F
Alaska-Fairbanks
T.J. Hensick
Colorado College
Hensick
Hensick
Johnson
Minnesota
Denver
Colorado College
Michigan

Ohio State
Michigan
Northern Michigan
Michigan
Ohio State
Berenson
Notre Dame
Tom Fritsche, OSU
Micgan
Hensick
Hensick
Johnson
Minnesota
Denver
Boston College
Ohio State.

By Daniel Levy
Daily Sports Writer
Last summer, Michigan coach Red
Berenson named seniors-to-be Al Mon-
toya, Jeff Tambellini and Andrew Ebbett
the captains of the Michigan hockey team
for the 2005-06 season.
On July 27, as expected, Montoya
announced he was leaving the Wolver-
ines to sign with the New York Rangers.
The more shocking news came on Aug.
15, when Tambellini decided to forgo his
senior season to play for the Los Angeles
Kings.
"Montoya almost left the year before,
so I had a feeling there was a good chance
he was leaving," Ebbett said. "But (Tam-
bellini) was kind of a surprise."
The early departures have left the Ver-
non, British Columbia native as the Wol-
verines' lone remaining captain. Despite
the losses, Ebbett does not feel he is carry-
ing a larger burden on his shoulders.
"There's still the same amount of pres-
sure," Ebbett said. "I've just got to do my
job on the ice and everything else will
work out."

TOMMASO GOMEZ/Daily
Once a trkaptain, now Michigan's sole captain, senior center Andrew Ebbett is charged
with leading a squad that includes 11freshmen.

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2005-06 Schedule

I U 1~1

Date
10/7
10/8
10/14
10/16
10/22
10/28
10/29
11/4
11/5
11/11
11/12
11/25
11/26
12/2
12/3
12/9
12/10
12/29
12/30
1/6
1/7
1/13
1/17
1/20
1/21
1/27

Opponent
Quinnipiac*
Quinnipiac
Boston College
Merrimack
Michigan St..
Alaska-Fairbanks
Alaska-Fairbanks
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
N. Michigan
N. Michigan
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Miami (Ohio)
Miami (Ohio)
Neb.-Omaha
Neb.-Omaha
Colo. College
MSU or M. Tech
Alaska-Fairbanks
Alaska-Fairbanks
U.S. NTDP
Michigan St.
Bowl. Green
Bowl. Green
Michigan St.

Time
8:00
7:35
7:35
3:00
7:35
7:05
7:05
7:35
7:35
7:35
7:35
8:00
7:35
7:35
7:35
7:35
7:35
8:00
TBA
7:35
7:35
7:35
7:30
7:35
7:05
8:00

Date
1/28
1/31
2/3
2/4
2/7
2/10
2/11
2/17
2/18
2/24
2/25

Opponent
Michigan St.
W. Michigan
Ohio St.
Ohio St.
W. Michigan
Lake St.
Lake St.
Neb.-Omaha
Neb.-Omaha
Ferris St.
Ferris St.
*Home games in bold
Post-season

Time
7:35
7:35
7:35
8:00
7:35
7:35
7:35
7:05
7:05
7:05
7:35

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Leadership on the ice is only part of t]
job description for the captain. Setting
example in practice and the locker room
equally important. It is in this latter ar
that Ebbett's value as a captain may shi
the brightest, and he hopes his hard wo
rubs off onto his teammates.
"Oh yeah. Right off the bat that wou
be the first thing I want guys to take frt
me," Ebbett said. "Just coming to practi
every day, being prepared for the wee
ends and just that mental focus and
strong work ethic."
That strong work ethic was just one
the characteristics that led Berenson
choose him to captain this year's team.
"Ebbett is one of our most experieno
and prominent players," Berenson sa
"He works hard, and I can trust him
any situation on or off the ice. So he'll
a good captain."
With the great teams Michigan hock
has produced, Ebbett has had quality ca
tains to learn from in his first three ye
as a Wolverine. He came in as a freshm
to a team led by forward Jed Ortmey
a two-time captain. Sophomore seas
defenseman Andy Burnes wore the "
for the Wolverines. Last year, it was fo
ward Eric Nystrom. Along with being gi
ty players, those three were good teache
and Ebbett was there taking notes eve
step of the way. Though he may not h
been thinking about being a captain fr<
the beginning, he knew he was going
be one of the senior leaders of this te
before his time expired.
"I expected to be in my fourth y
here," Ebbett said. "But I don't know
I ever thought about being a captain
not."
Whether or not he thought about
that day has arrived and Ebbett is rea
to draw on lessons learned from previc
Michigan captains to guide this yea
team.
"Keeping a positive attitude in 1
locker room is important," Ebbett sa
"I learned a lot from guys like Ortmey
Burnes and Nystrom. College hockey
kind of a game of momentum, and
talked about that this week. We just w
to get off to a good start this weekend."
Perhaps one of Ebbett's best qu
ties that will serve him well as capt
emerged as a result of one of his wc
weeks as a Wolverine. In early Janu
of last season, Ebbett played an unch
acteristically poor series against West
Michigan, making costly mistakes a
looking to score instead of playing te
hockey. At the next Tuesday's practi
he was greeted with an unfriendly cc
- black. The blck jersey was placed
his locker, letting Ebbett know he wo
not be playing the following weekend.
I remember walking in and seei
that in my locker for the first tim
Ebbett said. "I immediately kne
wasn't playing."
While no one questioned Ebbe
effort, his head did not appear to be in
right place.
"I was still trying hard - maybe
hard - but it just wasn't going for ri
Ebbett said. "I was starting to worry m
about scoring goals than playing defe
and what was best for the team."
Angry and frustrated. Ebbett ente
practices that week determined to t
things around. After sitting out the we
end's series against Alaska-Fairbar
he returned to gane action the follow
,veek and tallied 11 poin's in the net

CCHA Tournament
3/3-3/5 CCHA 1st Rd.1

TBA

3/10
3/11
3/12
3/17
3/18
3/24
3/25
3/26
4/6
4/8

CCHA 2nd Rd.
CCHA 2nd Rd.
CCHA 2nd Rd.
CCHA Semi
CCHA Final

TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA

NCAA Tournament
Regionals TBA
Regionals TBA
Regionals TBA
Frozen Four TBA
Frozen Four TBA

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