Ferris State 4 - Michigan 3
Opening the season on the road for the first time since a 2009 trip to Alaska, the young Wolverines learned a lot about themselves in sixty minutes against a tough, fired up Ferris State team.
The difference in the game was 3 minutes. The Wolverines started the game with two costly errors in the first minute, allowing a goal on a bad line change and a blueline turnover. Later on their first power play CJ Motte made a huge stop on his brother Tyler and the Bulldogs countered shorthanded to score what would be the game winning goal.
Down 3-0 the Wolverines would fight back to make this a game getting goals from Tyler Motte, Travis Lynch and Evan Allen before CJ Motte shut the door with Michigan's net empty. Outside of a few costly mistakes Michigan played a pretty good game, showing that this team should be in on the rise going forward.
- The three freshman had impressive debuts, even more so considering the atmosphere in their first collegiate game. Dexter Dancs wasn't afraid to throw his weight around near the crease against the smaller Bulldog defensemen and Zach Werenski and Dylan Larkin were active in all three zones. The presence of Larkin was especially noted as the Ferris State blueline played him conservative, giving plenty of space coming over the blueline. When it came down to the final shifts, the coaches were comfortable putting Larkin and Werenski on the ice.
- The blueline is still a work in progress. It wasn't realistic to think that they would have last years problems fixed by the first game, but some of the issues that plagued the team last season were still evident last night. With two exhibition games coming up, there's plenty of time to get it figured out.
- It would have been easy to pack it up after going down 3-0, but there was no quit in the team last night. It was a good sign to see the team fight back and almost tie the game in the final minute, as they settled in and didn't fall into familiar patterns, instead getting to hard areas of the ice and battling around the crease all night.
Next up Michigan welcomes NTDP U-18 to Yost Monday night, hoping to avoid their 3rd consecutive loss to the program while getting a firsthand chance to see 2015 commits Nick Boka and Brendan Warren.