FERRIS STATE PREVIEW
Michigan has a home-and-home series with Ferris State this weekend. Friday night at Yost, Saturday in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs currently sit in third place in the CCHA with an 8-6-3-2 record (11-8-4 overall), good for 29 points, two behind the Wolverines but U-M has two games in hand. Friday’s game is on CBS College Sports. I will have Cover It Live chat up for the game. Saturday night is on Comcast Local in the Ann Arbor area.
The Bulldogs are not a high scoring team by any means. In fact, their leading scorer is senior defenseman Zach Redmond, who is tied for a team high six goals, has a team leading ten assists, and team high 16 points in 17 games. FSU has scored just 38 goals in 17 conference games, which is a 2.23 goals per game average. They have allowed 33 goals or 1.94 per game.
Senior goalie Pat Nagle will be the key for FSU. In CCHA action he sports an 8-6-3 record with 1.88 GAA and .926 save percentage. Overall he’s 11-6-4 with a 1.76 GAA and .930 save percentage. His 1.76 GAA is third best in the nation. Yeah, he’s pretty good.
So I would expect FSU to play a tough defensive game while looking to capitalize on what chances they get offensively.
Tim over at Yost Built has his 10 things to know about Ferris State preview up.
Michael Spath at The Wolverine spoke with Tristin Llewellyn this afternoon (at the bottom of the article). Llewellyn does not talk about what led to his dismissal from the team and does not know what his next move will be yet, but says he has some interest from the AHL and Switzerland. He also says that he only has 11 credits left and if he can’t make arrangements to finish his degree this semester (I’m assuming that’s if he plays pro hockey) then he plays on finishing up during spring and summer.
The rest of Spath’s article he talks with former Wolverine defenseman and Michigan hockey analyst Dave Huntzicker about the impact of the dismissals of Llewellyn and Jacob Fallon on the hockey team.
Michigan Daily hockey reporter Michael Florek has a lot more quotes from Red Berenson regarding Llewellyn from after practice today, which you can read on his Twitter account.
DOMI AT YOST
Red Berenson mentioned on his radio show Tuesday night that former NHL tough guy Tie Domi was at Yost Ice Arena for the Michigan State game this past weekend and it was the first time he’d ever been there. MHNet user alnike posted in my Red Berenson Show recap a link to a Bob MacKenzie article in October about Tie’s son Max, who is a highly skilled forward that is considered a top pick for the OHL draft. In the article Tie, who is a big supporter of the OHL, plays the old college trump card…
“The OHL is a great league and (OHL commissioner) David Branch has spoken to us and he’s a very convincing man,” Domi said, “but I worry if he plays in the OHL with that Domi name on the back of his sweater, is he going to have to fight his way through the league because of who I was and what I was? Because we don’t want that for him. That’s not him. He might be better off going to play college hockey.”
Later in the article he states that they are looking at five colleges—Boston College, Boston University, Michigan, Harvard, and Yale. And it sounds like one former Wolverine got in Tie’s ear…
“Max trained in the summer with (strength and conditioning coach) Matt Nichol and Matt trains Mike Cammalleri and Cammy told Max school is a great way to go so that’s where were at right now. It’s what I want for him, what his mom wants for him and what he wants too.”
So it’s probably likely that Tie’s appearance at Yost this past weekend was part of his college research. Not sure if his son was with him, but I would assume he was. How legit the interest is remains to be seen. We’ve heard of Canadian kids being interested in the college route a lot just to use as leverage for the OHL draft. And we’ve seen kids change their mind, too (most recently Lucas Lessio, who had been committed for a while before finally giving in to the OHL this past season) With Max Domi only being 15 years old, there’s a long ways to go, but he’s another son of a former NHLer to keep an eye on.