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FACE OFF 2014
s c h e d u l e 2 0 14 - 2 0 1 5

Friday, October17, 2014

FACEOFF 2014m

Two's company in Michigan's crease

Oct 17-18
Oct 24
Oct 25
Oct 31
Nov. 1
Nov. 14-15
Nov 21-22
Nov 28-29
Dec. 5
Dec. 13
Dec 28-29

vs. New Hampshire
at UMass-Lowell
at Boston University
at Michigan Tech
at Michigan Tech
vs. American
International
vs. Penn State
vs. Rensselaer
vs. Ohio State
at Boston College
Great Lakes Invitational
at Joe Louis Arena

Jan 9-10
Jan 16
Jan 23-24
Jan 30
Feb 7
Feb 13-14
Feb 20
Feb 22
Feb 27-28
Mar 6-7
Mar 13-14
Mar 19-21
Mar 27-28
Apr 9-11

vs. Minnesota
at Ohio State
at Wisconsin
vs. Michigan State
vs. Michigan State at
Soldier Field
at Minnesota
at Ohio State
vs. Ohio State
vs. Wisconsin
at Penn State
vs. Michigan State
Big Ten Tournament
NCAA Regionals
NCAA Frozen Four

t's 4 p.m
JArbor.]I
outside,
but
Yost Ice
Arena
echoes
with
skates
carving
ice and
the
shriek
of Red
Berenson's v
like fall agai
You can h
Nagelvoort,
bounces off1
bleachers an
solemn aura
afternoon at
The soph
goaltender s
of shots ona
drill and let
know about
bulky stick,
slaps the pu
unsuccessfu
proceeds tol
about winni
against his t
In practic
competes ag
another.
At the oth
ice, Steve Ra
a shot from t
and corralst
rebound op1
shrugs off tI
saying, "nic
forwards att
crease.
Nagelvoo
have shared
for almost o
it's time to s
who the star
will be for t
campaign. T
and that's pt
because eac]
brings some
the Michiga
This y
petit
Oct.]
Racine suffe
injury early'
period at Ne

n. in Ann
It's raining

Functioning as the backup,
Nagelvoort was on the
bench for the first 40 min-
utes, chewing gum, process-
ing the raucous scene at the
Whittemore Center.
And when Racine went
down, Nagelvoort pounced
at the opportunity to make
his debut inaMichigan
sweater.

JEREMY "I justglanced down
SUMMITT the bench to see how
Nagelvoort was handling
this," said Michigan coach
whistle. It feels Red Berenson, "and he
n. already had his mask on and
ear Zach was out on the ice getting
too. His voice ready to go to the net. So
the metal I knew he was ready. He
ed fills the couldn't wait."
.of a weekday Then, Nagelvoort dazzled
Yost. between the pipes. He
omore stymied a New Hampshire
tops a pair power play and made a
five-on-five fantastic save on a penalty
s the forwards shot to lead the Wolverines
it. With his to a 3-2, overtime victory.
Nagelvoort "He played like he
ck toward the couldn't wait," Berenson
i attackers and said. "He looked solid,
hoot and holler he looked comfortable,
ng a battle relaxed."
eammates. Nagelvoort's surprising
:e, everyone performance as an
ainst one unknown goaltender
whipped a wrench in
her end of the Berenson's plans. The
cine stops veteran coach was forced
the point to implement a system
the ensuing that allowed both of his
portunity. He netminders generous
he success, chunks of ice time.
e shot" to the Last season, Racine
:acking his played 13 games compared
to Nagelvoort's 24.
rt and Racine Racine posted a .912 save
playing time percentage, allowing an
ne year, and average of 2.91 goals per
top wondering game. Nagelvoort's numbers
rting goaltender were slightly better - a .929
he 2014-15 save percentage and a 2.20
'here isn't one, goals against average.
erfectly fine There were moments
h netminder of greatness for both
thing useful to goaltenders, but perhaps
n crease. none brighter than
Nagelvoort's school-record,
* * * . 63-save performance
against Penn State. That
ear-long com- performance in a double-
ion began on overtime loss in last year's
18, 2013 when Big Ten Tournament might
red a groin have earned Nagelvoort
in the third the edge heading into this
w Hampshire. season.

Junior goaltender Steve Racine battled for a starting spot between the pipes last season and he will continue to do so this season.
Although Nagelvoort got Choosing a goaltender room. In practice, Nagel- make a two-goaltender ....
hot down the stretch last shouldn't beso simple, voort might not seem calm, system functional in Ann
year, Racine did the same either. cool and collected, but get- Arbor. Personalities and
during his freshman season "If you look in the NHL ting under his teammates' goaltending styles rarely
in the midst of a more now, most teams have two skin fosters more competi- arise by circumstance, but
tumultuous goaltending good goalies anyways," tion. Nagelvoort and Racine's
situation. Racine battled Racine said. "Some guys, "(Nagelvoort) is the combined starting role
Adam Janecyk and Jared you know, play well at one to have a little more surfaced solely by chance
Rutledge for the starting different times and it's attitude," said junior and a little luck.
role before taking the reigns good not to just rely on one captain Andrew Copp. When Michigan missed
late in the 2012-13 season. guy." "Steve doesn't do it as the NCAA Tournament for
Yet, Berenson won't Nagelvoort and Racine much." the first time in 22 years
sway on his decision to both give Michigan the Racine, the soft-spoken in 2012, Michigan didn't
hold both netminders as best chance to succeed, not netminder, admits he's realize Racine's potential
equals. This platoon system one or the other. They both the oddball of the group. until it was too late. No
is hardly by design, rather share talent, experience In superstitions and one would have seen
a product of two emerging and a knack for winning quirky behavior, Racine Nagelvoort play if Racine
talents in Nagelvoort and games, but that's where the outmatches Nagelvoort by a hadn't been injured.
Racine. There's no denying similarities end. Having long shot. Now, Michigan
that having one starting a dynamic duo with "I go for like a 30-minute needs the help of both
goaltender simplifies things. distinctive traits helps add walk right before games, I Nagelvoort and Racine
"That would make it depth to the team. get dressed the same way to return to the national
easier on the coaches," "Nagelvoort's more every time," Racine said. "I stage. Early in their
Berenson said, "so we're not calm in net, where Steve wear the same suit, wear careers, Berenson pegged
guessing which one should is kind of more explosive," the same tie, warm up the both to be nothing more
play." said Michigan goaltending same way, eat the same than backups during their
But the positives of a two- coach Josh Blackburn. way." time at Michigan.
goaltender system outweigh "Zach plays more of a calm Nagelvoort has no Both have exceeded
an easy decision for the style, while Steve can play superstitions. But every expectations, and it's
coaching staff. Competition a little bit more erratic." gameday, Racine walks time both are anointed as
fosters itself through this into Noodles and Company starters.
arrangement, and there isn't * * * and orders one bowl of
a coach that will say too Whole Grain Tuscan Will Michigan win Friday?
much depth is a bad thing. hey call Nagelvoort Linguine and another Check MichiganDaLom
Any coach's cliche is 'The Professor' in bowl of Penne Rosa. t e e
that nothing comes easy. Michigan's locker These differences

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