Scott Reedy and Josh Norris are reuniting for two days. In a Big Ten weekend series, the University of Michigan will be visiting the University of Minnesota and these two Sharks prospects will share the ice, but this time in different sweaters.
Reedy and Norris have more in common than just the team who drafted them in 2017. The now college freshmen were teammates on the US National Development Team, playing together in the USHL and on the US Under-18 team at the World Juniors Championship last year, where they won gold. Norris posted seven points in seven games, whereas Reedy put up two points of his own over the course of the tournament. Norris went on to reprise his role in World Juniors this year, with three assists for team USA.
The former teammates are now facing off for the third time in the NCAA this season. They had a two-game series in Ann Arbor back in November. Michigan took the first game in overtime, with Norris earning a secondary assist on the game-winning goal. The Maize and Blue pulled out a tie in their second meeting, despite playing from behind, in a game where Norris also earned an assist.
Just because they were teammates doesn’t necessarily mean they were friends — the second game between these teams saw nifty little matching penalties for the pair:
The Wolverines took the third game last night with a score of 5-3. This time, however, Norris was kept off the boxscore. Instead, we saw this beautiful power play number from Scott Reedy:
With only three seconds left in the power play, Reedy banged home a rebound for the Gophers’ first power play goal since December 2nd.
Norris has had a lot of expectations on his shoulders since joining the Wolverines. Their hockey program has seen a high turn-over rate of star players and the longevity of the program’s success has suffered. While Norris might not be lighting the scoreboard in the same way that other former Wolverines have (Norris currently has 10 points in 17 games, scoring at .59 points per game, compared to Zach Werenski, who scored at a .71 points per game rate in his first year at U of M or Dylan Larkin, who was a 1.34 points per game player), but the idea that he plans to stick around through the long haul may have an immeasurable effect.
Reedy, on the other hand, hasn’t had the pressure of expectations in the same way. He’s put up seven points in 21 games with Minnesota, but no one is asking him to be their star player. With fellow Minnesotan and Buffalo Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt putting up 17 points in 20 games, along with 11 points in seven games at the World Juniors this year, there’s plenty of room in the backseat for Reedy. But if that power play goal is any indication, there’s still plenty of room for him to grow, as well.
The series wraps up tonight in Minneapolis at 7 pm Central. It’s the last time these two players will see each other this season.
But I’m sure they’ll have plenty to catch up on at development camp.