It has been a rapid-fire couple of days for Michigan fans. And for the first time in a while, it was all good news.
The Men’s hockey team advanced to the Frozen Four by dominating Colorado College 2-1 last night. I know 2-1 sounds like a close game, but this one wasn’t. CC scored a late goal on a long scramble, but other than that weren’t competitive. The Wolverines outshot CC 43-21. They will play the winner of Denver/North Dakota on Thursday, April 7th in St. Paul, MN.
Despite having their season ended by Duke last Sunday, the team has added two new players since Friday. 2011 PF Max Bielfeldt committed on Friday, joining Carlton Brundidge and Trey Burke to give Michigan a great incoming class. Then the 2012 class got a boost when SG Nick Stauskas gave his pledge to Coach Beilein. On top of his talents, Stauskas attends St. Mark’s Prep, a very good basketball school in Boston.
Just when people were getting worried about the lack of commitments for the 2012 class, Coach Hoke secured 2 players this weekend. One is a big OL, and the other is a big OL. Gone are the days of getting a bunch of 5’9’’ WRs. OT Ben Braden is from state powerhouse Rockford. I will point you to scouting report type things here and here. The next commitment came yesterday, and was somewhat of a surprise since he was on a visit to WVU. OG Caleb Stacey is from Cincinnati, and is big. More info at TTB and MGoBlog. You will notice I use those two sites quite often. I just know they are competent at scouting these guys, and follow recruiting much closer than I.
Not too shabby for late March. There are glowing reports coming from recruits visiting for Michigan’s first Junior Day. So commitments can happen at any time. Guys to keep an eye on are former Spartan RB Javon Ringer’s cousin, Kaleb Ringer and Detroit Catholic Central DL Matt Godin.
That’s about it for now, I will do my best to post these updates more regularly. Go Blue.