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Posted on Mon, Oct 3, 2011 : 10:41 p.m.

Michigan tops USA Hockey U-18 team in its final exhibition game

By Staff

The time is coming for many players on the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team to take their spot on major college rosters.

On Monday night, they got a live preview of what’s in store.

The Michigan hockey team beat Team USA, 3-1, at Yost Ice Arena in its final exhibition game of the 2011-12 season.

“(Team USA) is all 17-year-olds, they look like pros and they are all going to be top college players.,” Michigan coach Red Berenson said. “But, I think our team played stronger on the puck. We did not turn it over as much and when you do that you are having a better game."

Nicolas Kerdiles, who has made a verbal commitment to play at Wisconsin next season, put Team USA up 1-0 with a power play goal before Michigan responded with three unanswered goals.

Michigan’s Lindsay Sparks (first period), Lee Moffie (second period) and Phil Di Giuseppe (third period) spaced out the Wolverines’ scoring and goalkeeper Shawn Hunwick made 34 saves.

"That is a good team we played tonight too. They have a lot of good players on that team,” Michigan junior forward A.J. Treais said. “They gave us a pretty good game in the first, but we kind of wore them out in the second and third."

Berenson said the Wolverines “took a step forward” after their 3-2 exhibition loss to Ontario Institute of Technology on Saturday.

"I think we played simple. We were trying to do too much the other night,” Berenson said. “We were trying to beat guys one-on-one and causing turnovers. (Monday), we were making simple plays. That is what we have to do.”

The NTDP Under-18 team is part of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program based at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. The exhibition game at Michigan starts a stretch of games against Division I colleges that continue with a trip to Denver on Friday, Colorado College on Saturday and Vermont on Oct. 14.

Two members of the team -- defensemen Connor Carrick and Jacob Trouba -- made verbal commitments to play at Michigan. Trouba assisted on Kerdiles’ goal.

The Wolverines open their regular season against Niagara at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday at Yost Ice Arena.


Michigan senior forward Luke Glendening, center, takes the puck to the net Monday against the U.S. National Development Under-18 team. Michigan won, 3-1.

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