There is one (1) game on tap for Thursday after a very fun Tuesday and Wednesday. It could be worse, we could have zero (0) games today!
Below is today’s Big Board. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage. Clicking on the Stream cell will take you to broadcast of that game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats of that game. To the Big Board!!
Michigan @ Mercer: The Michigan Wolverines look to bounce back after taking an L Sunday against Notre Dame. It was the first loss of the season, also ended the Big Ten’s undefeated mark of 24-0. The ACC is tied with the Big Ten with one win each in the “ACC-Big Ten Challenge,” which still means the ACC is the better conference because, well...
But let’s get to Michigan, who is indeed having a record start to their season thus far at 4-1. Sophomore Brent Noseworthy leads the team with 18 goals and 21 points, with senior Ian King leading the team with nine assists and is second with 18 points. Senior Mikie Schlosser and sophomore Rocco Sutherland have also reached the double-digit mark in points with 10. Probably the biggest storyline outside of the offense is redshirt sophomore goaltender Tommy Heidt. He has a 62% save percentage and is giving up 8.07 goals per game while averaging 12.40 saves per game. Watch out for the Wolverines in the third quarter. They record the most amount of goals (21), saves (19), overall shots (54), and shots on goal (36) than in any other quarter, although their third quarter against Notre Dame was pretty lame.
For the Mercer Bears, they’re coming off a 15-4 loss to UMBC in Baltimore on Saturday. They’re led by Binghamton transfer Jake Nelson, who leads the team with six goals and three assists for nine points. Kevin Yoggy, Shawn Carter, Lucas Wittenberg, and Matt Quinn are other contributors on offense with at least five points so far this year. On defense, Walker Ensor has a team-high five caused turnovers, while Patrick deHueck has four caused turnovers. Overall, the team is sixth in the nation averaging 10 caused turnovers per game. They caused 11 and 15 turnovers against Vermont and Detroit Mercy respectively in their first two games of the season, but only four against UMBC on Saturday. Sophomore FOGO Kiel Brennan leads the SoCon in face-off percentage and is 13th in the nation with a 61.5% face-off percentage. Michigan’s top FOGO, Mike McDonnell, has about a 60.3% face-off percentage, which is 14th nationally. In goal could be one of two young goaltenders. The first is true freshman Bradley Hodoval, who’s played in all three games this year with one start with a 52.1% save percentage, and has given up 11.14 goals per game. The other is redshirt freshman Brett Quartuccio, who’s started in all two games he’s played, but has a 40.9% save percentage and has given up 13.54 goals per game. It could mean a lot of goals for Michigan tonight, or the complete opposite if whichever goalie starts and the defense come out to play.
You can read the ‘Under the Arch’ story here.
He needs work.
Song of the Day
Notable musicians from Macon, Georgia include Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers, Young Jeezy, and Jason Aldean. Let’s give you some country music.
Game’s at seven. I’ll see you out there!