Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:04pm
Mel Pearson and the Michigan hockey team failed to make the NCAA Tournament this season.

The Michigan hockey team’s season hasn’t ended before Mar. 10 in at least 19 years. Records on MGoBlue.com begin with the 2000-01 season and since then, the earliest the Wolverines have hung up their skates for the year was Mar. 16, 2017.
The Daily looks back at Michigan’s season by breaking down the performance of each unit and offering superlatives before looking ahead to next year.

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 6:32pm
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It seemed inevitable all season long, and now it’s official.

Only one day after Michigan’s season ended in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Thank you to the coaching staff, medical staff, trainers and the best fans in college hockey, Hughes said in a statement. Most importantly, thank you to my teammates who made this the best two years of my life. Proud to be (a part) of the Michigan family! Go Blue!

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 9:46pm
Mel Pearson's second season as Michigan hockey coach ended with a loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.

MINNEAPOLIS — Seven minutes into practice on Thursday afternoon, Michigan coach Mel Pearson gathered his team at center ice.

The Wolverines, a day away from the first game of a best-of-three Big Ten Tournament series at Minnesota, lacked the focus and attention to detail Pearson wanted to see. After a quick reminder, the effort level improved, and Michigan carried momentum into Friday night’s game.

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 9:48pm
Senior forward Brendan Warren may play his last Michigan game Saturday night after the Wolverines lost on Friday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Michigan knew that stopping Minnesota’s power play would be key to winning the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series.

Friday night, the Wolverines (13-15-7 overall, 9-11-5-2 Big Ten) managed to stop the Golden Gophers (17-15-4, 12-10-3-0), the first five times they had the man advantage. But on the sixth, Minnesota’s dangerous power play wouldn’t be denied again.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:28pm
Sophomore forward Dakota Raabe has been part of a steadily improving Michigan penalty kill.

Slowing down Minnesota’s power play will be key for the Wolverines this weekend, and their penalty kill has been steadily improving in recent weeks.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 11:57am
Junior forward Nick Pastujov knows that Michigan needs to play with desperation this weekend.

But even as he was discussing the emotional difficulty of back-to-back overtime losses, Pearson knew that his players didn’t have much time to feel sorry for themselves.

“But when we have home ice on the line and we lose that the way we did this weekend, it’s — we gotta get over it, though,” Pearson said. “We’ve gotta move forward and go on the road and find a way to win games at Minnesota.”

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 4:07pm
Junior goaltender Hayden Lavigne let in five goals on Saturday as Michigan lost at Wisconsin.

MADISON — In 148 days, October to March, the Michigan hockey team has played 34 games. In those 34 games, its two goaltenders — junior Hayden Lavigne and freshman Strauss Mann — started 19 and 15 games, respectively.

The Wolverines spent the regular season waiting for one of the two netminders to assert himself as the go-to starter. Neither one did.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 11:33pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson's team lost home-ice advantage in the Big Ten Tournament with two straight overtime losses at Wisconsin.

But in Saturday night’s game against Wisconsin (13-16-5 overall, 9-10-5-2 Big Ten), the Wolverines fell short of that goal and lost in overtime — for the second-straight night — 4-3. Now, instead of playing at home next weekend in the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan (13-14-7, 9-10-5-2) will head to Minnesota.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” said Michigan coach Mel Pearson. “I feel bad for the team. I feel bad for our fans and everyone that supports us, not to get home ice and to lose in overtime. Last night was tough, and this one is equally as tough.”

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:54pm
Freshman forward Nolan Moyle has scored five goals in his last four games.

The myriad of drills coach Mel Pearson puts the Wolverines through every day in practice largely focus on getting to the top of the crease. With four of his seven goals on the season coming from that area, Moyle is clearly figuring out that the system works.

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 8:55pm
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Nolan Moyle hesitated before taking his seat in the press conference. Sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes had taken the seat on the far left, and it was clear that Moyle preferred to sit on the right rather than in the middle.

But his linemate, freshman forward Garrett Van Wyhe, quickly pushed him to take the middle seat, front and center.

“Go sit in the middle, superstar,” Van Wyhe said.