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January 2013

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  michigan hockey Junior Adam Janecyk  Steps Up For Michigan every game, and we thought it was time to give someone else a chance." Janecyk was quick to heap the credit on his teammates. "It was more of a team shutout than anything, and I think we should take a lot of pride in that," Janecyk said. "They know I haven't been in there and haven't been playing as much as the other guys. They want to do well for me and I want to do well for them." Whether the Wolverines rallied around Janecyk like they did with Hunwick three years ago or played better after being humiliated in a 4‑1 loss to WMU a night earlier, the shutout performance was one of their best games this year. "I thought our team played with a lot more will and conviction," Berenson said. "I thought our team came out to play harder, and they knew they were embarrassed last night. "We were stronger on our sticks, stronger on the puck, stronger on our feet. We weren't getting knocked down, we weren't getting bounced around. Michigan Signs Seven Recruits For 2013-14 Janecyk had appeared in only six career contests, with one start, prior to notching a shutout in lifting Michigan to a 2-0 win over Western Michigan Dec. 15. T he parallels are striking, though probably premature. In 2010, with the Maize and Blue on the brink of season flameout, redshirt sophomore Shawn Hunwick took over in net for injured starter Bryan Hogan. The walk-on would lead U-M to an improbable CCHA Tournament victory, a spot in the NCAA Tournament and a trip to the Midwest regional final. In 2011, he backstopped the Wolverines into the national championship game (they would lose in overtime) and a year ago, he captained them to a 22nd NCAA appearance. This season, with Michigan scuffling, going just 5-9-2 in its first 16 games, the coaches turned to another backup walk-on, this time junior 62  the wolverine    January 2013 photo courtesy michigan athletic media relations Adam Janecyk, who had appeared in only six career contests, with one start, prior to his promotion Dec. 15. The Ada, Mich., native turned aside all 25 Western Michigan shots, notching a shutout in lifting Michigan to a 2-0 win. "Our team needs a boost, but I didn't know what we would get from Janecyk because he has not been any better in practice then the two freshman goalies," head coach Red Berenson said. "He showed up tonight, our team gave him a good game and he kept the puck out. "Is it another Hunwick story? We'll have to wait and see, but tonight was a good effort. Janecyk has been the unknown. We have two freshmen that have been given the chance to play The Michigan hockey team announced its recruiting class Nov. 27, signing seven players that make up a cohort better than any class since Carl Hagelin and his 11 classmates arrived for the 2008 season. "I have no problem telling you that this group gets me excited," associate head coach Billy Powers said. "When you walk into the rink to see these guys with their junior teams, they don't disappoint you. "We're adding a scoring touch, some grit, some size on the blue line — a couple guys that are 6‑1 and above but have skill. It's a wellrounded group from top to bottom." Michigan will graduate five seniors, including four forwards, but it's quite possible this is the last season for junior defenseman Jon Merrill, while freshman defender Jacob Trouba could be a one-and-done player, and the Wolverines are always at risk of another early departure or two in the offseason. Needing to add offensive skill, plus solid all-around players, to the blue line, Michigan added Michael Downing and Nolan De Jong. Playing for the Dubuque Flying

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