Preview: 2012 Frozen Apple (Michigan VS. Cornell)

The Trentonian will be covering Saturday night’s Frozen Apple matchup at Madison Square Garden between Cornell and Michigan.  While it’s still an exciting matchup, it looked a lot better on paper at the beginning of the season, considering each team has taken somewhat of a nosedive in the rankings since the start of the year.

Cornell, who was fourth in the country when they fell to Princeton at Baker Rink, now finds itself 13th.  And the Wolverines are lucky to be ranked at all, sitting 19th in the latest USCHO poll despite a 4-6-1 mark, which puts them as the only team under .500 in the Top 20.

Between the two teams, there will be 19 players who’ve been drafted by NHL teams on the rosters.

CORNELL (8)

D: Nick D’Agostino (’08, R7, PIT), Braden Birch (’08, R6, CHI), Reece Willcox (’12, R5, PHI), Joakim Ryan (’12, R7, SJ)
F: Brian Ferlin (’11, R4, BOS), Joel Lowry (’11, R5, LA), John McCarron (’12, R6, EDM), Kirill Gotovets (’09, R7, TB)

MICHIGAN (11)

D: Brennan Serville (’11, R3, WPG), Jacob Trouba (’12, R1, WPG), Lee Moffie (’10, R7, SJ), Jon Merrill (’10, R2, NJ), Mac Bennett (’09, R3, MON)
F: Phil Di Giuseppe (’12, R2, CAR), Luke Moffatt (’10, R7, COL), Zach Hyman (’10, R5, FLA), Boo Nieves (’12, R2, NYR), Kevin Lynch (’09, R2, CBJ), Alex Guptill (’10, R3, DAL)

Trouba was selected ninth overall by the Jets in the most recent draft, and is considered to be the biggest prospect of those listed here…Merrill has yet to play this season due to a cracked vertebrae and that’s unlikely to change tomorrow…Although none of the goalies on either roster have been drafted, Andy Iles could be a coveted free agent if he chooses to leave after his junior season (a la Keith Kinkaid at Union) or finishes out his eligibility next year.  He’s posted a 2.09 GAA and .923 save percentage for the Big Red this year and has played every second for them between the pipes…Rumson, NJ’s Ryan leads Cornell with six points…The Big Red have 15 different players with at least one point and have utilized a more balanced attack than Michigan, who is led in scoring by forward A.J. Treais, who has a 9-5-14 line in 12 games.  Between Treais, Guptill and Bennett, the Wolverines have been a little more top-heavy in scoring, as each has already tallied double-digits in points.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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One Response to “Preview: 2012 Frozen Apple (Michigan VS. Cornell)”

  1. BOB T Says:

    McCarron is a raw talent, he’s big and he can skate…I really like Gotovets, above average skater, sees the ice well, I think with the right coaching he could be an NHLer…he’s been yo-yoed back and forth between defenseman and forward his freshman and soph. yrs. at Cornell……Iles very, very steaky…..will be a good game….enjoy

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