6A -- Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Michigan Daily -- michigandaily.com
Familiar friend for Berenson in Wildcats' Umile
By JASON RUBINSTEIN friendship. In fact, Berenson
Daily Sports Writer thinks one of the main reasons
for the two schools continuing
In the 1998 Frozen Four semi- to face off with each other
final game, former Michigan year after year is a factor of his
goalie Marty Turco put on a relationship with Umile.
show, blanking a talented New But just because the two
Hampshire team, 4-0, in the coaches are good friends doesn't
same year Michigan won its mean Berenson is understating
last national the importance of this game.
championship. New Despite two victories in their
Standing exhibition games last week, the
behind the HampShire Wolverines will enter Friday
Wolverines' at Michigan without a regular-season win
bench was after losing 4-3 to then-No.9
Michigan Matchup: N ew Ferris State.
coach Red 0-1l Michigan "We left it in our rear-view
Berenson, o-i mirror," said junior forward
finishing his When: Friday Andrew Copp of the Ferris
14th season at and Saturday State game. "You want to win
the helm of the at 7 P.M. that first game, especially in an
Wolverines. environment like that on the
Standing Ice Arena road against a really good team."
behind New Sophomore netminder Zach
Hampshire's TV/Radio: Nagelvoort echoed Copp's
was DickComcast 900 sentiment and added that the
Umile, in his NOTEBOOK loss has turned into a learning
eighth season experience for Michigan.
coaching the Wildcats. Now, the Wolverines remain
Seventeen seasons later, when focused on their series against
Michigan and New Hampshire New Hampshire this weekend,
face off this weekend, both while Berenson and Umile add
esteemed coaches remain atop another game to their storied
their respective programs. coaching careers.
And 17 years later, Berenson, NOSTALGIC
who didn't see much, if any, NAGELVOORT: For
difference between the two sophomore goaltender Zach
then, feels the playing
same way in against New
2014. "They young Hampshire
"They y ave will carry a
have young defensemen little extra
but so do we," but so do we... The
said. "They I see them very fondly
lost a lot of remembers
their defense, similar." making his
but so did Michigan
we. They got debut against
a couple of the Wildcats
really high- last season
end freshmen and we think after junior Steve Racine exited
we do too. So I see them very the game in the third period
similar." with a groin injury. Despite
Berenson stressed his respect standing between the pipes for
for Umile, citing their strong only one period, Nagelvoort
Sophomore goaltender Zach Nagelvoort has started Michigan's three contests this season and has fond memories of New Hampshire from his 2013 season,
recalls it being nothing short of
"It was crazy," Nagelvoort
said. "One minute, I'm sitting
there on the bench and actually
have gum in my mouth and then
the nextoecond I look over at
(assistant coach Billy Powers)
and see Steve down andI'm like
'I'm going in.'
"It's kind of a 'oh (crap)'
But the moment didn't
prove to be too large. Soon
after Nagelvoort entered, the
Wolverines took a penalty and
shots started pouring on him.
No pucks found twine, though.
one day later, Nagelvoort
helped the Wolverines to a 3-2,
overtime victory over New
"It's kind of my motivation Copp, who combined 60 points
for playing this year against last season on separate lines,
them," he said. Dancs, Copp and Compher
DANCS ON TOP LINE?: played together in the season-
Berenson has opener against
consistently Ferris State
lauded the play "W e left (th and while they
of his second l didn't make
line - senior s),bo in the rear- a splash or
Zach Hyman, ~ blow up the
freshman view m irror." stat sheet, the
Dylan m blame didn't
Larkin and fall on Dancs
sophomore "I think his
Alex Kile. But don't be quick game has to grow," Berenson
to forget the talent on the first said. "He's a big kid. He skates
line. hard. He works hard. He's
Although it's not set in stone, physical and he tries to play
freshman forward Dexter hard on both ends of the ice. He
Dancs has spent a majority of ended up being a good, scoring
practice time skating alongside winger last year and we'll see
sophomore JT Compher and where it ends up here.
"Sometimes a freshman will
come in and make an instant
impact like Dylan (Larkin) is
and some of them take a little
Of course, Berenson hopes
that Dance' time comes sooner
than later, and Copp wouldn't
be surprised if it comes soon.
"He likes to go to the net,
maybe a little too much and
needs to dial it back a bit," Copp
said. "He's a big body, protects
the puck well, moves the puck
well, skates well for how big he
is. He's a nice complement to JT
and I on the line."
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Young talent, leadership
highlight new season
By MINH DOAN "If we had to play tomorrow,
Daily Sports Writer I would say that they would
both be contributing right now."
After a surprising showing Barnes Arico said.
last season after losing a Dunston's 511" frame not
majority of its starters, the only matches up against men's
Michigan women's basketball basketball junior guard Spike
team is back on the court, just Albrecht's size, but her physical
not in action quite yet. presence has already been made
With their aware of, and the adjustment in
first practice NOTEBOOK thatregardhasbeeneasyforher.
11 days ago, However, Barnes Arico noted
the Wolverines return senior that Dunston still needs to get
forward Cyesha Goree, who used to playing top competition
was named to last season's consistently before she becomes
All-Big Ten Second Team, as a major contributor.
well as three other regular Flahertyistheexactopposite.
starters: senior guards Nicole While she possesses true-
Elmblad and Shannon Smith scoring ability with her ball
and sophomore guard Siera handling and shooting prowess,
Thompson. Flaherty currently lacks the
The core, headed by third- size and physicality to compete
year Michigan coach Kim with college basketball's best.
Barnes Arico, will be counted Nothing is set in stone,
on to lead the Wolverines back though, as there is still a month
to the NCAA Tournament after until the team tips off its season
missing out last season. on Nov. 14 against Detroit.
But behind the returning LEADERSHIP
starters, Michigan also welcomes INSTABILITY: There isn't
a five-member recruiting class much change at the top of the
rated No. 23 in the country, pecking order as Elmblad was
which is the highest ranking for named to the captaincy role for
a Wolverine recruiting class in the second straight year. Last
program history. season, Elmblad led the team
Expectations are high in Ann in average minutes played and
Arbor, but for Barnes Arico, started all 34 games on the
the biggest question will be if season.
the returning starters who had While Elmblad's on-court
success last year can sustain credentials are worthy enough
their accomplishments for of her to be named captain, she
another year, was also named to the Academic
YOUNG TALENT: The All-American Second Team and
transition between high school a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar,
and college is always a big showing that she can be a role
change for most freshmen, model off the court as well,
But two players, guards Jillian Barnes Arico noted that all
Dunston and Katelynn Flaherty, of the seniors, not just Elmblad,
have shown signs that they are have been helpful to the
ready to play right away. freshmen in their transition to
But underneath the stability
in the leadership role, Elmblad
is in the middle of a position
With center Val Driscoll lost
to graduation, there is a hole in
the starting lineup at the power
forward position. After playing
small forward for the past two
seasons, Elmblad will move
back to her original position at
power forward, where Barnes
Arico said she feels more
STRONGEST BIG TEN
EVER: Maryland and Rutgers
will join the Big Ten this year,
making the conference the
strongest it has ever been.
"With the addition of
Maryland and Rutgers, those
are two Hall of Fame programs,"
Barnes Arico said. "I don't think
the (change) affects any (sport)
as much as it does women's
The No. 11 Terrapins are
led by legendary coach Brenda
Frese and are coming off a trip
to the 2014 NCAA Final Four.
Maryland has made the NCAA
Tournament 10 of the 12 years
that Frese has been with the
Another legendary coach,
C. Vivian Stringer, leads the
Scarlet Knights. The squad is
coming off a National Invitation
Tournament championship and
returns all five of its starters.
The team is receiving votes in
the Associated Press poll.
Adding on to the fact that No.
13 Nebraska, No. 14 Penn State
and No. 20 Michigan State are
all ranked, this season could live
up to its hype as the strongest
the Big Ten has ever been.
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