Indiana 4, U.S. U18 Team 3 – 1/13/12
U.S. U18 Team 5, Des Moines 0 – 1/14/12
Big weekend for Michigan commit Jacob Trouba.  He had a hand in all three goals in Friday’s loss with a goal and two assists.  The following night Trouba scored two power play goals and added a helper.

Also a great weekend for goalie commit Jared Rutledge.  He played the final 25:18 of Friday’s loss to Indiana after starter Collin Olson got pulled after giving up four goals and he stopped all nine shots faced. Rutledge got the start against Des Moines the following night and made 24 saves for the shut out.

U.S. U17 Team 2, Youngstown 1 – 1/13/12
U.S. U17 Team 6, Youngstown 4 – 1/14/12
The NTDP U17 Team traveled to Youngstown for a pair of games and came away with a sweep.  Michigan’s trio of recruits had solid weekends.

Tyler Motte scored the USA’s first goal in Friday’s 2-1 win, which was assisted by fellow commit J.T. Compher.

In Saturday’s game Evan Allen recorded a pair of assists, while Compher added an empty net goal to seal a 6-4 victory.

Compher now leads the U.S. NTDP U17 Team in scoring with 33 points in 30 games.  He has 14 goals and a team high 19 assists.  Motte is second in scoring with 28 points in 28 games. He’s second on the team with 17 goals. Allen is up to seventh on the team in scoring with nine goals and eight assists in 29 games.

Omaha 8, Sioux Falls 5 – 1/13/12
Dubuque 4, Sioux Falls 1 – 1/14/12
Michigan commit Justin Selman had a big night in Friday’s 8-5 loss to Omaha.  The future Wolverine had two goals and two assists, a +1 rating, and seven shots on goal for Sioux Falls.  The following night against Dubuque, Selman had no points, a -1 rating, and two shots on goal.

Selman now has 5-13-18 in 30 games this season.  He leads Sioux Falls in assists and points.  Last year he had 8-14-22 in 52 games with Des Moines, so he’s on pace to surpass his points total.  I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating—Sioux Falls has the lowest scoring offense in the USHL with just 66 goals in 30 games (average 2.2 per game), so keep that in mind when reading about Selman’s point total.

Michigan commit Michael Downing played in Saturday’s game for Dubuque and had no points, a +2 rating, and two shots on goal.

Green Bay 5, Chicago 3 – 1/13/12
Green Bay 6, Muskegon 4 – 1/14/12
Michigan commit Alex Kile had an assist, +1 rating, and two shots on goal against Chicago.  The following night he had two goals, the primary assist on the game-winning goal, a +1 rating, and four shots on goal.

Kile boosted his season totals to 9-10-19 in 31 games.  He also has a +12 rating and only 14 penalty minutes. Kile is tied for second in points among 1994-born forwards on Green Bay’s squad and was recently ranked 82nd among North American skaters for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by NHL Central Scouting.

Georgetown 6, Buffalo 2 – 1/10/12
Michigan goalie commit Steven Racine stopped 25 shots to help Georgetown to a 6-2 win.

Racine is now 7-0-0 in seven games this season and sports a 1.69 goals against average and .944 save percentage.

Pickering 4, Toronto 1 – 1/13/12
Mississauga 4, Toronto 3 (OT) – 1/14/12
No points for U-M commit Bryson Cianfrone in either game.  Cianfrone has 4-8-12 in 19 games this season.

Wellington 7, St. Michael’s 3 – 1/13/12
Vaughan 6, St. Michael’s 5 (OT) – 1/15/12
Michigan commit Daniel Milne had an assist and took a penalty that helped lead to a Wellington goal on Friday night.  He had a goal and assist in Sunday’s overtime loss.

Milne has 13 goals and 28 assists in 32 games this season.  He’s tied for fourth in scoring on St. Mike’s and 43rd in the league.  He is the highest scoring 1994-born player on St. Mike’s by far (the next closest has 26 points in 43 games) and is the second highest scoring ’94 in the OJHL.  The one player ahead of him, Jonah Renouf, has 43 points in 39 games. Milne has two fewer points in seven games less, so Michigan is getting one of the top players of his age group in the league.

Paul Bowker of MaxPreps has a great story on Michigan commit J.T. Compher and the emotional struggle his family was in just before he left for the U.S. NTDP in Ann Arbor as his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  I definitely recommend reading this one.  The good news is his father’s latest exam showed him to be cancer free.

The last part of the article talks about Compher’s time with the NTDP.  Head coach Don Granato says of the Under-17 Team’s leading scorer:

“He has an exceptionally high level of drive of competitiveness that separates him from an awful lot of his peers,” Granato said. “Having been in the business and the game for a long time, even at the next level, you don’t have guys with drive like that. It’s rare.”

Really looking forward to that 2013 class arriving in Ann Arbor!

The Windsor Star talked to Windsor Spitfire (OHL) draft picks Will Butcher and Evan Allen during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.  Allen is verbally committed to Michigan.  Naturally the topic of having to choose the college vs. major junior route came up, to which Allen said:

“I was really excited when I saw (the tournament) was in Windsor and then found out that games were (at the WFCU Centre) and that it might be a future place for me,” Allen said.

“It’s awesome and the atmosphere’s great.”

“If I decided to play anywhere in the OHL, it would be Windsor,” Allen said. “It’s still up there.”

I wouldn’t read too much in to it right now.  Allen’s still got another year with the U.S. National Team Development Program and still goes to games at Yost when their schedule allows it, and his coach with Honeybaked last year said Evan made it clear that Michigan is where he wanted to play.

The USHL named Michigan commit Jacob Trouba the CCM Defensive Player of the Week after his six point weekend.

Trouba was recently ranked the 9th best North American prospect by NHL Central Scouting, and the International Scouting Service and McKeen’s Hockey just released their January rankings and both have him ranked #4.