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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Michigan Scrimmage: Wittenberg

The Michigan Wolverines defeated D-III Wittenberg 13-9 in a scrimmage last week, and since it's been so long, I won't break down the game in any detail. No official boxscore means no tempo-free stats, either.

Stephen Levitt with the lefty dodge

Here are some snippets of what the official site had to say:

Yealy netted a hat trick and was 100 percent shooting-wise, scoring the three goals on three shots.

As opposed to the last couple years, when Yealy played exclusively on the crease and was a finisher, all three of his goals (the first three Michigan tallies of the game) came from dodges on the left wing.

The Wolverines won less than 50 percent of faceoffs in the first half but rallied to win the faceoff category in the second half. Senior Brian Greiner (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South / RPI) finished 4 for 12 on the night, while junior Edward Ernst (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) was 4 of 9. Sophomore Harrison Silver(South Salem, N.Y./John Jay) won 5 of 8.

As I've mentioned in the past, faceoffs are going to be a serious question mark for Michigan this year. Since they've been an important factor in Michigan's continued success over the past three seasons, that could be a problem. In my unofficial stats, I had Ernst winning 5 of 9, not 4, and regardless of what goes into the official scorebook, I thought he was the most impressive.

Senior goaltenders Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) and Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Hotchkiss (Ct.)) split time in net. Stone saved 4 of 11 in the first half while Fowler stopped 6 of 14 in the second.

Stone seems like a much better traditional goalie, whereas Fowler is more willing to come out of the net a little bit, either in the clearing game or to force action occasionally on D (specifically when the opponent is on the break).

This was the first time I'd seen St. John's transfer Ryan Dutton O'Hara play, and I thought he was decent, with a good lefty shot. From what I saw though, he was almost all left (hey, sounds like me playing basketball!).

Michigan went to the bench really early in this game, mixing up personnel in the second quarter and going with mostly backups in the second half. In the official site recap, John Paul mentioned getting a few guys in early on attack, and I was more impressed by Jeff Chu than Ryan Snyder of the guys he mentioned.

The defense was much better than the 9 goals allowed seems, both because of the liberal subbing and because Harry Freid still hasn't played due to injury. The two-time 1st-Team All-American is expected to get into the lineup tonight. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it to tonight's scrimmage, so don't expect a full recap here.


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