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01-29-2013, 01:02 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: San Diego
DVR'd the Michigan/Western Michigan game from Saturday and watched it last night (albeit only was paying attention to Merrill). Mac Bennett is hurt, so Michigan's poor defensive depth was exposed again. They ended up using 4 forwards on the PP, with Trouba manning the point on the 1st unit and Merrill on the 2nd.
Merrill was on the ice for WM's first goal. He got outmuscled for the puck a couple of times, but contained his man to the outside. The goal was a weak wrist shot from the point which got deflected on its way in. Michigan's goalie badly overplayed the initial shot and whiffed on the redirection. Very weak goal, but I didn't like seeing Merrill losing puck battles to a much smaller opponent.
Merrill was also on the ice for a PP against, but he saved a goal as the goalie was again way out of position. The WM had a gaping net to shoot at, but Merrill blocked the shot. WM would score about 10 seconds later in the sequence as the goalie still hadn't recovered.
Merrill looked confident handling the puck on the PP, but there just isn't any chemistry with the Michigan PP this year.
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