BY JAMES V. DOWD
Brad Phillips played a game for the ages. Having traveled three miles across Ann Arbor with the United States National Team Development Program to face the No. 6 Michigan hockey team in an exhibition game, the 17-year-old Farmington Hills native stood on his head, made 36 saves, and was just seconds away from leaving Yost Ice Arena with a 2-2 tie last night - no small feat against the bigger, faster and older Wolverines.
BY JAMES V. DOWD
It has become a Michigan tradition of sorts - initiating highly touted freshman classes into the world of college hockey against neighbors from the north.
For the ninth straight year, the Wolverines open their exhibition season against a Canadian opponent. They will face off against the Waterloo (Ontario) Warriors at Yost Ice Arena tonight.
It will be Michigan's first opportunity to observe its five freshmen, a group that won't have to make as big of a splash as the 11-member group last season.
BY NATE SANDALS
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson has been away from the NHL since 1984. But on Nov. 6, the league will honor him when it presents the hockey legend with the Lester Patrick Award for his outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
Berenson, a former Michigan hockey player, said he was pleased to represent collegiate hockey in a primarily professional fraternity.
"I think it's a tribute to college hockey to recognize someone from college hockey," Berenson said. "I would guess that a lot of people included in that group were in the pro game. Right now, I'm in the amateur game."
BY AMBER COLVIN
He was supposed to wear red and white someday. But thanks to his dedication to the Maize and Blue, sophomore Jack Johnson now has purple and black in his future.
The Carolina Hurricanes, who drafted Johnson with the third overall pick in the 2005 NHL entry draft, traded their top defensive prospect to the Los Angeles Kings Friday.
BY AMBER COLVIN
Three hundred sixty four days a year, they are teammates.
But on Saturday, they were opponents in the annual Blue/White intrasquad game at Yost Ice Arena.
And while Wolverines clashed against Wolverines, the biggest excitement of Saturday's exhibition bout was a bond between two players.
Junior Chad Kolarik and sophomore Andrew Cogliano teamed up for three goals in the White team's 6-3 victory over the Blue team, with two goals and two assists for Cogliano and one goal and two assists for Kolarik.
BY IAN ROBINSON
DETROIT - Apparently, the CCHA looks different from the bench than from the press box.
For the first time in recent memory, the CCHA coaches and media picked different teams as preseason favorites. Michigan received the media's nod, and Michigan State got the coaches' in the polls unveiled yesterday at CCHA Media Day at Joe Louis Arena.
The Wolverines beat out the Spartans by one point in the media poll (845-844), despite receiving 12 fewer first-place votes. In the coaches' poll, the Spartans led by a much wider margin (117-108).
BY MARK GIANNOTTO
As the saying goes, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
And that's exactly what the Carolina Hurricanes did with their contract proposal to 2005 first-round draft choice, Michigan sophomore Jack Johnson.
But Johnson has again rejected a contract proposal from Carolina, opting instead to play out his sophomore season with Michigan, The Michigan Daily has confirmed.