It was the middle of October, three games into the 2013 season when Zach Nagelvoort made his Wolverine debut, coming off the bench to stop all 15 shots faced in New Hampshire. Nagelvoort came to Michigan late in the recruiting period to replace Jared Rutledge and wasn’t expected to do much more than backup Steve Racine but there he was, the surprise starter and a damn good one.
His freshman season was so good. A .929 save percentage, a 2.20 goals against. It was the kind of season that gave the coaches hope that they had fallen into a four year starter in net. He would show flashes of greatness over the next three seasons that reminded you of freshman Nagelvoort but nothing ever came close to that season for the ages in 2013.
Tonight was senior night at Yost and the final game in the building for Nagelvoort, Evan Allen, Nolan De Jong, Kevin Lohan and Max Shuart.
It was a typical game for the Wolverines. They were outshot more than 2-1 again and got very lucky to have two Penn State goals waived off but Penn State had no answer for Zach Nagelvoort playing one of the best games of his career. Michigan scored a few times too; Winborg added two goals, Calderone and Boka had one but the story has to be about the goaltending.
The Nittany Lions bombed Nagelvoort with rubber non-stop tonight from all over the ice and it didn’t matter. He was that good and you just got that feeling midway through the second period that nothing was getting by him. It’s been a tough few years but a 46 save shutout on senior night is one of the most memorable senior nights I can remember and a hell of a way to end a career