Friday, October 29, 2010

Michigan hockey v. Ferris State

LISTEN LIVE Saturday night at 7:35 as the Wolverines take on the Bulldogs of Ferris State University!

Michael Lewandowski, Jordan Rochelson, and Kevin Carpenter on the call!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hockey v. UNO Game 2

LISTEN LIVE as Michigan looks to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to the Mavericks from Nebraska at Omaha. Puck drops at 7:35 pm!

Andrew Goddeeris, Jack Warner, Adam Wilensky, and Matt Bernstein on the call.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Michigan hockey v. Nebraska-Omaha

LISTEN LIVE tonight at 7:35 pm as the #4 Michigan Wolverines take on the #10 University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.

Andrew Goddeeris, John Zaccardelli, and Kevin Carpenter on the call.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Michigan football v. #15 Iowa

LISTEN LIVE as the Michigan Wolverines look to take down the Hawkeyes and get bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons!

3:30 pm, Andrew Goddeeris, Andrew Seid, Steve Petras, Adam Brewster, and Jillian Rothman in the booth.

Friday, October 15, 2010

#15 Michigan volleyball v. #20 Northwestern

LISTEN LIVE as the Michigan volleyball team looks to stay atop the Big Ten standings against the Wildcats from Northwestern.

Live at 7 pm from Cliff Keen Arena.

Don't miss the long-awaited return of WCBN alum Andrew Seid, the long-time voice of Michigan volleyball!

Something to note this weekend: the Dom Pointer decision

In the heart of Michigan football season, it's unlikely that many people are thinking about basketball, so if you've taken a break from Wolverines basketball (after a season to forget) let me brighten your day with a nugget of information:

With any sort of luck, by next Tuesday, the University of Michigan mens basketball program may land their biggest recruit since Manny Harris: enter Dom "Ziggy" Pointer.

Pointer, a Roseville, MI native who has been going to high school in Winston, North Carolina, is ranked by as the #82 prospect in the country (regardless of position), and the #18 Small Forward. Pointer, a 6'5" slasher with good inside touch, will be in Ann Arbor this weekend for his last official visit, and, by all accounts, should make a decision within days of his visit.

While Ziggy has not been very vocal about which way he is leaning between Michigan, St. Johns, and West Virginia, Pointer's parents, who still reside in Michigan, have been open about wanting their son to go to school close to home.

I have an admitted bias as the author of this article, but based on Pointer's parents' quotes, I would put big money on Michigan for this kid.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Michigan hockey v. US NTDP U-18

Michigan takes on the NTDP U-18 team tonight live from Yost Ice Arena at 7:35 pm.

John Zaccardelli, Michael Lewandowski, and Jillian Rothman on the call.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hockey season is here!

The Michigan hockey team starts out the 2010-2011 fresh after a trip to the regional finals last year. Michigan for the first time in 13 years returns all their non-seniors. The forward trio of Carl Hagelin, Matt Rust, and Louie Caporusso look to defend their CCHA tournament championship and return to the Frozen Four for the first time since their freshman season. Michigan gains three defensive recruits this season which includes New Jersey Devils’ second-round pick Jon Merrill. They have depth at the position but the first couple weeks will tell if the talent can make up for the graduations of Chris Summer and Steve Kampfer. Senior walk-on Shawn Hunwick will start the season as the number one goaltender, however Bryan Hogan has a legitimate shot to regain it if Hunwick struggles.

This past weekend, Michigan played its first regular season game against Mercyhurst followed by an exhibition game with Western Ontario. Red Berenson was looking for his 700th career win but unfortunately he will have to wait another week at least. Michigan looked comfortable up 4-0 late in the second period and then proceeded to sit back and give up four unanswered goals. After a crazy five minutes of overtime, the Wolverines tied Mercyhurst 4-4. Captain Carl Hagelin was sent off for a fortuitous hit from behind early in the 2nd period before the Lakers comeback, but I believe if Hagelin plays the full sixty we would be talking about a win. Yes, it is a scare although it was only a tie and not a loss. Michigan played the next day against Western Ontario, winning 4-2.

Now for the player’s performances. Shawn Hunwick looked sharp in the first two periods, stopping several good chances by the Lakers. I wouldn’t fault Hunwick on the four goals in the third because they were either odd man situations or tick-tac-toe plays by Mercyhurst. The seniors on the team, Hagelin, Rust, Caporusso, and Langlais played well and to expectations although Langlais was at fault for not having his stick ready on one of the goals. Brandon Burlon definitely could have had better performance and Greg Pateryn played alright. It is important for these junior defensemen to give the Wolverines quality depth for a run at the NCAA tournament. Freshman Jon Merrill played a lot of minutes and looked very mature, picked up an assist, but had one “freshman” moment that contributed to one of Mercyhurst’s goals. Mac Bennett played on the 3rd pairing and displayed good stick skills and speed. He just needs to remember he can’t skate around opposing players like in juniors. Kevin Lynch and Chris Brown need to get more involved in the play but at the same time not create too many penalties against the team. Luke Moffatt played average for a freshman in his first collegiate game but did pick up a point against Western Ontario. I wasn’t impressed by the fourth line besides Scooter Vaughan scoring a goal and hitting a post in overtime. Michigan has the talent to put up 3 or 4 goals a game, but they need to stay focus for the whole game because momentum is killer for them. Coach Berenson is still switching up his lines with Hagelin and Rust playing together and the Caporusso, Wohlberg, and Glendening have good chemistry. Hopefully one player can be consistent with the first line, allow Caporusso to be on the second line, and have an effective checking with whoever is bounced out of the scoring lines. Even with the tie, Michigan has the talent to prove that their number 4 preseason ranking was correct.