Wolverines Split with Miami

Because I spent my Saturday night in Lincoln, Nebraska following the football team, I wasn’t around for the second game of the series against Miami.  You can read about my trip to Nebraska here.  I was around for game one of the series, and saw the Wolverines power their way to a 4-2 victory.  The game really wasn’t as close as the score if you consider that both Miami goals were scored without Racine in the net.  I’m not sure what was going on behind the net, but tally one turnover to Racine and one to Treais and that accounted for both goals that the Wolverines gave up.  With those exceptions, the defense played pretty well, and Racine made some incredible stops to keep the game in check. 

It would appear that Racine is the frontrunner for the regular starting goalie position given that Rutledge was the loser on Saturday night.  He still needs to spend time working on rebound control and also directing the puck to the corner on his stops where he isn’t looking to control the rebound. 

There is no doubt that in the early part of the season that AJ Treais has put this team on his back and is willing them to win.  He had 2 goals in the Friday night game that kept Michigan in the game until Guptill could put the game away.  These two guys have been particularly potent early this season.

The new defensive pairs have seemed solid still, but I’m concerned about the beating our defensemen seem to be taking.  We really need them healthy as we head into the heart of the CCHA season. 

Honestly, if you had told me that we would earn a split going into the weekend, I probably would have been happy, but after watching the dominating win on Friday, I was unhappy that we managed to lose on Saturday, and on parents night no less.  I’m looking forward to seeing how we do up at Northern over the weekend.

 

One of several new displays in Yost, this one in the Southeast Corner of the Rink features Michigan’s head coaches.

 

Guptill and Moffie work the boards in the defensive zone.

AJ working the blue line on the power play.

One of many scrums around the net on Friday night.

Preparing for a defensive zone faceoff after a line change.

Lynch takes the puck out over the blue line.

Racine has an intense look on his face.

Treais, Moffatt and Chiasson celebrate as they leave the ice with a win on Friday night.

The referee signals a goal for Miami on Saturday night. Photo Courtesy of: Aaron Knight