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Posted on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 5:39 a.m.

Red Berenson tabs Adam Janecyk as starter for Tuesday game against Bowling Green

By Pete Cunningham

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Adam Janecyk, above, will get his fourth straight start in net for the Michigan hockey team on Tuesday.

Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com

Adam Janecyk began the season as the third string goalie for the Michigan hockey team. Now it appears he may be creeping toward being the Wolverines' No. 1 option.

During a conference call with the Big Ten Network on Monday, Michigan head coach Red Berenson said Janecyk will be the starter when Michigan takes on Bowling Green (5-10-5, 2-7-1-3 CCHA) on Tuesday at Yost Ice Arena (7:35 p.m., BTN).

It will be the fourth straight start for the Janecyk, which will be quadruple the amount the junior had for his career coming into the season, and just the second time the Wolverines (7-10-2, 4-7-2-2 CCHA) have had the same goalie for four straight games all season.

Though Janecyk was impressive in his first start of the year on Dec. 15, making 25 saves in a 2-0 shutout win over Western Michigan, the honeymoon appeared to be over after Michigan lost 4-0 to Michigan Tech with Janecyk in net in the opening game of the Great Lakes Invitational.

But Janecyk earned the win the following night in the third place game against Michigan State, and freshman Jared Rutledge didn't look sharp in Michigan's 5-3 exhibition loss to the United States National Team development Program's Under-18 squad last Friday.

Rutledge and fellow freshman Steve Racine started five and 11 games, respectively, through the team's first 16 games, but have been inconsistent. Michigan's 2-1 record with Janecyk in net is its best three game stretch since October.

Michigan can expect a boost with Jacob Trouba returning to action on Tuesday. The standout freshman missed the GLI while helping Team USA bring home gold from the World Junior Championships over Christmas break.

Pete Cunningham covers sports for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at petercunningham@annarbor.com. Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.

Comments

MRunner73

Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 4:08 p.m.

Keep trying to make the pieces fit the puzzle. I hope things work out but it appears that Michigan hockey will finish under .500 this season.

Blue Marker

Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 12:25 p.m.

Congrats to Jacob Trouba and the rest of the USA National Team on gold! To win the gold and have Canada not even metal made me snicker. I have a question for hard core Michigan hockey fans. Was the goalie (John Gibson) for the US team the goalie who had originally commited to play college hockey at Michigan?

Blue Marker

Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 12:50 p.m.

Thank you, I thought so.

umichjim

Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 12:40 p.m.

Yes, the same Gibson,

PWJT8D

Tue, Jan 8, 2013 : 11:46 a.m.

I agree with the start for Janecyk. I believe he should start the remainder of the season. Rutledge and Racine just aren't showing what it takes to compete at this level. I know everyone will say but they are just freshman. However I have seen plenty of freshman goaltenders that have been outstanding from their first game.