8A - Friday, October 3, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
Blue gets a look at its its future
in exhibition opener tomorrow
Team will host open joining the Wolverines. "We've got
to be ready for their best game, I
skate after Sunday's know I defiantly gave ita little bit
more when I came to play."
game to welcome The trip to Yost will certainly
be an exciting event for all three
new season Michigan recruits on the USNTDP,
along with the
By CHRIS MESZAROS
Daily Sports Writer
Thisweekend, Michigan hockey
fans are in for a treat.
Not only will Wolverines line
up along the home bench, but they
will also sit along the away bench
Michigan welcomes the United
States National Team Develop-
ment Program Under-18 Team to
Yost Ice Arena tomorrow night for
an exhibition game to open up its
2008-2009 campaign. It will be
fans' first chance to see this year's
squad. They will also see a preview
of Michigan's future with future
Michigan players Chris Brown,
A.J. Treais and Kevin Lynch skat-
ing for USNDTP.
"(As a new player), you defi-
nitely try to impress the coaches
and players who you will be play-
ing with the following year," said
sophomore forward Matt Rust,
who played for the USNDTP before
rest of the team
which is based USNDTP at
in Ann Arbor. Michigan
has begun its Matchup:
season with a 4-3 Michigan -
With the blood When: Tomor-
pumping and row 8:35 P.M.
with the crowd Where: Yost
and coaches Ice Arena
watching, each TV/Radio:
of these play- Comcast 900
ers want to be at
"I knew how excited I was last
year when I played against (Mich-
igan)" freshman Robbie Czarnik,
who played for the USNTDP last
year, said. "It's going to be a totally
different game (then last year)
because we're supposed to win,
and they're supposed to give it
their all, but not win."
Several current players are
alumni of the development team,
and each mentioned how impor-
tant it had been to play well against
the Wolverines. The development
team travels around the country to
play exhibition games against col-
"It was a fun experience,"
Czarnik said. "I made a lot of good
friends there, and the program
was great in developing me as a
player. I can't wait to play them
But for the Wolverines, the game
can sometimes be overlooked. In
past years, the team has struggled
when playing against the develop-
Two years ago, then-sopho-
more Jack Johnson tied the game
up with 36 seconds remaining in
regulation, and Michigan won the
game in overtime, 3-2. With the
regular season slated to start next
weekend against St. Lawrence,
Michigan coach Red Berenson
doesn't want his team to overlook
"Our players aren't as excited to
play in this game." Berenson said.
"They want to play, they can't wait
to play, but they're not going into
this game thinkingthat 'I've got to
have my best game'"
This team has to get off to a
good start in Division I and these
games will help us, but there are
still going to be parts of the game
where we're still on our heels."
In addition to playing the
USNTDP on Saturday, the Wol-
verines host Waterloo on Sunday.
After the game, fans will be able to
skate with the team and get auto-
Michigan opens up the sea-
son with high expectations after
reaching the Frozen Four last
year. The Wolverines are ranked
No. 2 in the preseason USA Today
poll and were voted by the media
to finish first in the CCHA.
Junior assistant captain Chris
Summers said he thinks the team
looks better prepared in practice
than it has in recent weeks. Michi-
gan's coaches are now allowed to
participate in practices instead of
permitting only captains' practic-
es in previous weeks. That positive
energy could evaporate with a dis-
appointing opening weekend.
"I feel very confident of our
team," Summers said. "Especially
in the last week, with the coaches
out in practice, it has really tight-
ened things together. We've got
a whole new team with only the
loss of four guys, and we're trying
to get some chemistry going and
hopefully we can start that Satur-
Sophomore Matt Rust was a member of the US National Development Team before
joining the Wolverines. Michigan will open their season againstthe development
team on Saturdee.
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