The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 9A
More goalies than nets as Hogan returns to ice
By NATE SANDALS
Daily Sports Editor
For the first time in more than
a month, the Michigan hockey
goalies had to make the exciting,
albeit harrowing, skate down the
ice during practice.
The Wolverine netminders
restarted their regular practice
rotation when freshman goalie
Bryan Hogan returned to practice
Monday. With three goalies and
just two goals, the backstops have
to alternate around the ice.
After one goalie faces shots for
a few minutes, he swaps out and
skates to the other end of the ice
to replace the third goalie on the
other end. It's a three-man cycle
that runs the entire practice.
Maneuvering around for-
wards and defensemen rushing
full speed through drills in the
opposite direction doesn't look
like much fun to any observer, but
junior goalie Billy Sauer doesn't
think it's that bad.
"Sometimes I get in the way,"
Sauer said. "It's not too danger-
ous, but sometimes I mess up the
Sauer and Michigan's other
goalie, freshman ShawnHunwick,
can thank Hogan for the return of
the cycle and the skate that goes
along with it.
The Highland native had been
out since late September with
mononucleosis. While he's not
even close to being at game speed,
Hogan is still taking things slow-
"It's going to take some time for
me to get back timing and things
like that," Hogan said. "I don't
know how long. We'll just see
how things go in the next couple
Hogan skated for the first time
last Friday and again in the after-
noon warmup before Saturday's
win over Boston University, but
his first full practice came Mon-
His absence from the rink has
been obvious to anyone following
the No. 3 Michigan hockey team,
but his leave had a larger impact
on his roommate, defenseman
"He's been going home a lot,"
Vaughan said. "It's your first year
of college and you're supposed to
have a roommate. I've kind of been
missing out on a little bit of that
experience. He just started stay-
ing at the room (Tuesday night).
It's great to have him back."
Because of his illness, Hogan
also missed the team picture two
See HOGAN, Page 10A
Junior goalie Billy Sauer welcomed freshman Bryan Hogan, who missed five weeks dueto illness, back to practice this week.
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