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Wolverines get first look at
touted 2010 recruiting class

For college
footballfans, OT
reigns supreme

Daily Sports Writer
It wasn't the way Jack Camp-
bell wanted to make his Yost Ice
Arena debut.
Thirteen seconds into Satur-
day's game, the highly touted
goaltending recruit watched the
Michigan hockey team's first shot,
a wrister from sophomore defen-
seman Brandon Burlon, go past
him and into the back of the net.
The Michigan commit and
starting goalie for the U.S. Nation-
al Team Development Program
Under-18 team was let his nerves
and the crowd get the best of him.
"My nerves never usually nega-
tively affect me," Campbell said.
"But I got a little nervous. I really
wanted to show everyone what
they're getting next year."
Despite Campbell's rough start
to the game, NTDP coach Kurt
Kleinendorst said his young net-
minder did exactly that.
"Michigan fans are in for a
treat, because they're getting an

awful good goaltender," Kleinen-
dorst said. "Jack is going to come
in here for four years, and at some
point he's going to fit in, no matter
Campbell may have allowed
four goals in the NTDP's 4-2 loss
to the Wolverines, but his presence
in the net was definitely felt, grab-
bing 35 saves in the losing effort.
And instead of providing the
normal treatment for an oppos-
ing goalie, the Michigan student
section was well aware that the
17-year-old goaltender will soon be
donning the maize and blue.
Midway through the third peri-
od of Saturday's game as Campbell
took his mask off, the student sec-
tion cheered "handsome goalie,"
which they usually shout at the
Michigan goaltender.
Then, as Campbell made his
way to the opposing bench, the
students behind him turned their
attention again to the Port Huron
This time, they cheered, "stay
in school," a plea to Campbell in

hopes that he will forgo the NHL
until he spends a full four years at
Michigan. In recent years, highly
ranked recruits like Aaron Palush-
aj, Max Pacioretty and Jack John-
son left with two or more seasons
of remaining eligibility.
For Campbell, the attention
from the student section only
solidified his plans to become a
Wolverine next season.
"I was honored," Campbell said.
"They want me here and I want to
be here, so it should be a great fit.
But they haven't seen the best of
me yet, and hopefully I'll be able to
show them that soon."
Aside from Campbell, the Wol-
verines got their first look at three
other commitments from the high-
ly anticipated class of 2010.
After Michigan coach Red
Berenson said last week that he
wanted to give his defensemen
more opportunities on offense,
defensive recruit Jon Merrill
showed off his skills with the
puck, scoring one of the NTDP's
two goals on the night. He has two

goals in four games for the NTDP.
Just like Campbell, Merrillgrew
up watching Michigan hockey,
hoping that one day he could play
at Yost Ice Arena. But even Mer-
rill acknowledges how deep the
Michigan defense is this year and
presumably will be next year.
"There's a lot of big players out
there," Merrill said. "Wherever
they need me next year, whatever I
can do to win games, I'll do."
Merrill and Campbell were the
two highest-rated Michigan com-
mitments to visit Yost Ice Arena,
but Berenson and the Wolverines
also got a look at forward Luke
Moffatt and defenseman Kevin
Clare, who combined for three
shots on the night.
Michigan's coaches and players
couldn't comment on the play of
Michigan's recruits since Camp-
bell, Merrill, Clare and Moffatt
have yet to sign with the Wolver-
ines. But Michigan fans got their
first look at what is slated to be
one of the best recruiting classes
in recent history.

'm sure there are very few
Michigan fans out there who
are happy with the end result
of Saturday's
Let's be
honest. Tate
Forcier finally
looked human
in the waning
minutes of a
game, and the
Wolverines lost ANDY
the first over- REID
time game in

overtimes, 1,100 yards of offense,
134 points and enough emotion-
al peaks and valleys to give the
healthiest person 17 heart attacks.
The Razorbacks eked out a win
in one of the craziest games ever
Obviously, that's more of an
exception than the rule, but I
remember watchingthat game bit-
ing my nails with my butt on the
edge of the seat.
Look at all of Michigan's over-
time games over the years, includ-
ing five nail-biting victories.
Obviously, everyone remembers

In matchup marred by penalties, Michigan
notches first conference victory in shutout

program his- how crazy the Braylon Bowl of
tory, so there's really not too much 2004 was, when Braylon Edwards
to get excited about. single-handedly beat the Spar-
So I understand your frustra- tans, a performance that has come
tion. to define the six-game streak the
But, if I can get you to remove Wolverines enjoyed over the Spar-
those maize-and-blue-colored tans from 2002 to 2007. Or when
glasses just for a second (honestly, Alabama miffed an extra-point in
I'll give them right back), you'll its overtime to lose against Michi-
have plenty of reasons to remem- gan.
ber this game for a while. I mean, c'mon - what more
That's because could you ask for
college footballhas from a game? The
the best overtime college football
system in sports, In college, overtime rules
hands down. enhance the inten-
Sure, there are settling for a sity of the game
tons of things to - exactly 'what
complain about field goal in OT overtime should
the state of D-I do.
college football. isn't acceptable. Take for exam-
Some of you may ple, the NFL. It's
not like the bowl epitomizes Amer-

Daily Sports Writer
It didn't matter that the Michi-
gan men's soccer team didn't wear
its maize uniforms, because by the
end of yesterday's game against
Wisconsin, there had been more
than enough yellow on the field.
In the Wolverines' 3-0 victory
over the Badgers, thereferees called
32 fouls and gave out 10 yellow
cards, with five going to Michigan
- the most this season.
"The word to our guys was that
we were playingthe team in red, not
the guys in blue," Michigan coach
Steve Burns said of the referees.
"Just think of them as bad weather
- you just can't do anything about
it, so just adjust to the bad weather
and play."
The Wolverines acclimated
themselves right out of the gates,
taking an early one-goal lead at the
U-M Soccer Complex.
Less than eight minutes into the
game, senior Mauro Fuzetti played
a ball to junior Jeff Quijano on the
far right side of the field. Quijano
lofted the ball towards the back
side of the goal where Fuzetti was
making a run. The forward broke
through two defenders and sent
a low header to the left side of the
goal, for his team-leading 10th goal
of the season.
Nearly 70 minutes and 10 yellow
cards later, junior Justin Meram
scored the Wolverines' second goal,
a quick header, two passes off of a
corner kick. That was after the Bad-
gers were forced to play down a man
following Badger midfielder Austin
Spohn's second yellow card of the
game, which resulted in his expul-
sion from the contest.
"At 1-0, the game hung in the bal-
ance way too long," Burns said. "I

system and lack
of a playoffs, and others of you
might take issue with market-
ing and selling merchandise
for a team of players that legal-
ly can't reap those benefits.
But there's no question that they
got this right.
College overtime just plays
out so dramatically - and justly.
Each team gets equal oppor-
tunity to tighten the chinstrap
and win the game. No questions
asked, none of this "We'll take
the wind" bullcrap. Just more
football until one team comes out
I feel like it's exactly what over-
time should be. Exciting, tense,
nerve-racking and not too far off
the actual style of a real game.
I mean, go back to Nov. 1, 2003
in Lexington, Ky. - Arkansas
vs. Kentucky. Five hours, seven

ican sport right
now - every other sports entity
wants to emulate it and its far-
reaching popularity, but the NFL's 4
overtime is boring.
Well, not boring. Anticlimactic
is probably a better word. It's not
exactly exhilarating to wait and
see which team can manage to get
into field-goal range first.
And unlike hockey, a game can't
be decided solely on an individual's
performance, like when a game is
forced into a shootout.
So, yeah, you may have had a
tough time getting over the game
on Saturday. And you might have
had to ignore a few text messag-
es from friends in East Lansing.
But at least you got to see a good
- Reid can be reached at

Senior Mauro Fuzetti scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season-in Sunday's 3-0 shutout victory over Wisconsin.


thought we had a couple chances to
put daggers in on them and really
close the game out, but they con-
tinued to fight and battle. Really,
the difference was they had to play
down a man."
The Wolverines didn't wait much
longer after the second goal to pile
on their third goal of the day, as
freshman Hamoody Saad notched
his fourth goal of the season.
Saad has gained attention this
season as a legitimate offensive
threat for the Wolverines. And his
presence on the field, along with
Fuzetti's and Meram's, has turned
heads. The offensive triad boasts

18 of the Wolverines' 26 goals this
Their ability to work as a unit
on the field has given Michigan
more offensive options this season
because the three can keep posses-
sion in attacking situations.
"You could put the three of those
guys in a phone booth with three
defenders, and they could playtheir
way out ofthatphone booth," Burns
Meanwhile, on the back half of
the field, redshirt sophomore Chris
Blais notched his fourth shutout of
the season with two saves, includ-
ing one diving recovery that would

have tied the game at 1-1.
With the victory, the Wolver-
ines are now 5-0 on their home
field. Michigan welcomes No. 9
Indiana to Ann Arbor next week-
end with redemption on thp line.
Last season, the Hoosiers ended
Michigan's season in the Sweet 16
round of the NCAA Tournament.
"We just need to play tough and
have the confidence that we can
beat any Big Ten team," Fuzetti
said. "We have Indiana next,
they're known as the strongest
team in the Big Ten, so this is a
great win to build momentum on
going into that game."


S U .D O

From page 1B
now. But we have to see who's
ready to do the job right now."
One ready to play right now is
junior forward Carl Hagelin. He
had four goals on the weekend,
including three-of-four of his
team's power play markers.
"I can't tell you he has shown
that type of fit (in the power play)
up until now," Berenson said.
"I think Carl felt that he played
very well last year, but he wasn't

capitalizing on his chances. Now
you can see the puck's going in for
Hagelin's most impressive play
came near the end of the second
period. After receiving a cross-
ice pass, he used his speed to gain
a step on the Windsor defense.
With a hard cut toward the goal,
he sent a backhand into the lower
left corner of the net. The goal
broke a 2-2 tie and helped the
sparse student section breathe a
collective sigh of relief.
Unlike Hagelin, freshman A.J.
Treais isn't having any trouble
scoring early in his career. He put

up a goal and an assist in both of
this weekend's games.
An U.S. NTDP alum, Treais
scored the first goal of his career
against his former team. He said
it was fun to play against them,
but was also nervous about trying
to prove himself to the Michigan
Berenson didn't see those
nerves as he compared him to
former Wolverine and current
Colorado Avalanche forward T.J.
Hensick after the game.
Despite the praise, Treais had a
tough time fitting in on the power
play this weekend. He saw the ice

more than any other freshman
forward on the Wolverine power
play, but was on the ice for just
one of the power play goals.
"It's not something that comes
together right away," Burlon said.
"When we start to develop a com-
fort level with each other, and
(start) knowing what the other
person is goingto do, we'll be bet-
The Wolverines open the regu-
lar season in Alaska next week-
end, and whether they score in
13 seconds or not, the sting of last
year may have finally started to

'M' Note: Men's golf

The No. 15 Michigan men's
golf team can comfortably sleep
tonight, as it remains strong
in second place at the Windon
Memorial Classic.
Fifteen of the nation's best
teams have gathered to face off
at the event. Tournament rules
take the lowest four scores of
each team's five players.
The Wolverines currently sit
at 16 above par, behind No. 13
Illinois who is at 13 above par.
The team is made up of
junior Lion Kim, sophomores
Matt Thompson and Alex Fran-
kel and freshmen Rahul Bakshi
and Jack Schultz.
The Wolverine corps bested
the competition in round one,
posting a score of 293. Round
two was cut early to accommo-

date for darkness and will con-
tinue today.
The squad is currently able
to boast 16 birdies thru the cur-
rent round, and 22 bogeys. The
team will have to fight back
and make up for the three loss
strokes they suffer against Illi-
"The conditions were tough
and it's a really difficult course.
Our guys really gotoff to a great
start," Michigan Coach Andy
Sapp said. "If we can get a few
birdies, we can battle our way
closer to Illinois."
The Wolverines will continue
their quest for victory today at
8 a.m. CST. Check tomorrow's
Michigan Daily for full cover-
age of the event.

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