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3 WHO'S THE ONE?
Two columnists' takes on which
goalie should start in 2010
4 THOSE WHO STAY....
Why Louie Caporusso, Carl
Hagelin and Matt Rust decided to
stay for their senior years
Michigan takes on the USNTDP
tonight at Yost Ice Arena
8 CCHA CONTENDERS
Michigan's biggest competition in
defending the Mason Cup
Carl Ha gelfin
Lee Moff ie
ha Jan 14
te Feb 11-12
vs Michigan State
vs Michigan Tech
at Michigan State
vs Michigan State
vs Ferris State
at Ferris State
vs Michigan State
at Miami (Ohio)
vs Ohio State
vs Western Michigan
at Northern Michigan
ARIEL BOND/Daiy ARIEL BOND/Daily
Senior forward Matt Rust was a member of the U.S. National Development Program Under-18 team. Sophomore forward Chris Brown played against the Wolverines in the same exhibition two years ago.
Merri, nine other icers playing
aainst former team in exhibition
Oct 2 vs Mercyhurst
Oct 3 vs Western Ontari
Oct 8-9 at Bowling Green
Oct 16 at New Hampshire
Oct 22-23 vs Nebraska- Omal
Oct 29 at Ferris State
Oct 30 vs Ferris State
Nov 5-6 at Alaska
Nov 12-13 vs Notre Dame
Nov 19-20 vs Lake Superior Sta
Nov 26 at Wisconsin
Nov 28 at Minnesota
Dec 3-4 at Ohio State
By STEPHEN J. NESBITT
Daily Sports Writer
Just one year ago, Jon Merrill was
celebrating with his teammates after
slipping a puck past Michigan's then-
junior goaltender Bryan Hogan to the
waning seconds of the first period at
Yost Ice Arena.
But when this year's No. 3 Michi-
gan hockey team
faces off in an exhi- USNTDPat
bition match against
the U.S. National MiChigan
Team Development Matchup:
Program Under-18 USNTDP;
team tonight, Mer- Michigan 2-0-1
rill will try to block When:
shots for Hogan, not Wednesday
score on him. 7 P.M.
Merrill, now a Where: Yost
freshman defense- Ice Arena
man for the Wol-
verines, is one of 10
current Wolverines who are alumni of
the U.S. Hockey program now getting
a chance to play on the other side of When the two teams faced off in goaltender Jack Campbell. game comes after the start of CCHA
the matchup. 2004, the Wolverines battled to a 6-5 The first four players found their play, Berenson still considers the
"It's a little bit different of a feeling win, and future Wolverine star defen- way to Ann Arbor for their freshman matchup as something of a tune-up
this time," Merrill said after practice seman Jack Johnson recorded a goal seasons, but Campbell, the 11th pick in for the Michigan team, as it will head
on Monday. "Last year we had a lot of and an assist for the USNTDP. last June's NHL entry draft, chose to to New Hampshire this weekend to
nervous energy going out then. But "The year Jack Johnson was play- play in the OHL. face the eighth-ranked Wildcats.
this year we're trying to learn from ing with them they nearly did beat But none of the members of this "This is a good time for this game,"
the game and have good habits." us," Berenson said. "Jack said after year's USA U-18 team have commit- Berenson said. "We only play one
The Wolverines have played some that he wasn't sure he did want tobeat ted to Michigan, so Berenson is using game this weekend, so it's a good fit,
interesting exhibition competition Michigan - he wanted to play well, this game to focus on the younger and hopefully it helps us a bit to get
since the program's first season in but he wasn't sure he wanted to win." players already on his team. Wolver- ready for New Hampshire."
1922, including matchups against the And two years later, it was John- ine defender Kevin Clare and forward INJURY NOTE: After suffering a
Detroit Red Wings, the U.S. and Cana- son - then a Michigan player - who Jacob Fallon - both freshmen who lower body injury in a 4-2 win against
dian Olympic teams, and groups from forced overtime with a last-minute played on the developmental team last Bowling Green last Saturday, senior
Poland, Russia, Japan, Czechoslova- goal. Teammate T.J. Hensick got the season - will get their first ice time forward Matt Rust won't play tonight.
kia and Western Germany. game-winner with 0.4 seconds left in tonight. According to Berenson, X-ray tests
But the longest-standing matchup the extra frame. "We're going to try to get every- were negative, and contrary to the
is against the Ann Arbor-based devel- Perhaps the most intriguing part body into the loop," Berenson said. coaches' initial worries, Rust may be
opmental team - an exhibition foe of the exhibition game is that it gives "They've got to get up to game speed, able to start skating again later this
that the Wolverines have faced 10 players and coaches a better opportu- game shape and game timing. week.
times in program history. nity to view potential incoming fresh- "They look good in practice, but you "We're thinking after a couple days
Many of the games have been sur- men. get in a game and it's a whole different we'll see how he is," Berenson said.
prisingly tight, and though Michigan Entering last year's game, Michi- animal. I'm hoping they're good - I'm "We might be able to get him back
has a perfect record in the series, sev- gan had received verbal commitments hoping they have great games - that's sooner than we thought. We thought
eral of the games have come down to from the USNTDP's Merrill, Kevin why we brought them here." it was going to be a lot more serious
the wire. Clare, Jacob Fallon, Luke Moffatt and Although this year's exhibition than it is."
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