Echoing off the hallowed walls of Yost Ice Arena are the swishing sounds of gliding ice skates and the loud snaps of stick blades receiving the puck.
On the ice is a “who’s who” of the CCHA’s best talent.
As the team works on its three-on-two’s and two-on-one’s, players fly from one end of the rink to the other with style and grace. The puck travels left to right, right to left in a dizzying path toward the net until a shot is finally taken. The distinct “pop” of the puck deflecting off a blocker is heard.
Another goal attempt denied.
So goes the life of a Michigan goalie and for the first time in three years there is a major question mark between the pipes. But Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson isn’t a bit worried.
“On paper, I’m comfortable with (the situation),” Berenson said. “I think Billy Sauer is the one unknown because he’s coming in as an untested freshman. On the other hand, we’ve got Noah Ruden who is an experienced senior. So I think the combination is good and I think our goalkeepers are fine.”
The summer departure of three-year starting goalie Al Montoya may have been a surprise to the general public and Michigan fans alike, but his fellow teammates were expecting the move