Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 8:59pm

But with 12 seconds left in three-on-three double overtime, sophomore forward Garrett Van Wyhe found the puck on his stick with no one in front of him.

His wrister flipped up over Autio’s shoulder, and while the rest of the building went silent, there was an explosion on Michigan’s bench. The goal exorcised the demons of close but not quite, of being right there and just missing.

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 11:18pm
Johnny Beecher scored Michigan's third goal in a win over Penn State on Friday.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Waiting all alone in the slot, Johnny Beecher tapped the blade of his stick against the ice to get Will Lockwood’s attention.

The senior forward turned around to see the freshman with plenty of open room, and Lockwood sent a pass from the bottom of the right circle up to Beecher. Beecher readied himself for the one-timer, and then he unleashed it. The puck didn’t fly into the air to beat goaltender Peyton Jones — and it didn’t have to.

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 8:17pm
Sophomore defenseman Nick Blankenburg scored the game-tying goal against Notre Dame on Saturday.

Mel Pearson has spent the last couple of weeks emphasizing Michigan’s need to get more offensive output from its defensemen. In Saturday night’s win over then-No. 14 Notre Dame, Pearson saw what he’d been pushing come to fruition.

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 8:26pm

Eleven weeks ago, that kind of fluky goal to start a game was the Wolverines’ undoing on the road at Western Michigan. But Saturday night, Michigan (9-11-2, 4-7-1-0) came back to complete just its second sweep of the season, beating the Fighting Irish, 3-1.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 5:38pm

For the second half of the season, Michigan coach Mel Pearson’s main focus for his team is increased attention to detail. So far, that’s entailed getting bodies in front of the net to take the goaltender’s eyes away and readying for rebound chances.

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 1:03pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson is getting a boost with the addition of defenseman Jay Keranen.

Jay Keranen has been a Michigan fan since Day 1.

Now, the defenseman and native of Brighton, Mich., is joining the Wolverines’ hockey team for the second half of the year.

Keranen spent the last two seasons playing for the Prince George Spruce Kings in the BCHL, with whom he won the Fred Page Cup in 2019. In 58 games in the 2018-19 season, Keranen tallied one goal and 11 assists for a total of 12 points.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 6:35pm

DETROIT — There’s a saying written at the bottom of the stairs leading from the Michigan locker room to the ice at Yost Ice Arena.

Each day, when the Wolverines take the ice for practice or a game, they take in the message.

Every play matters.

It’s a somewhat simplified, cliché version of what it takes to win a hockey game, but at the core, it sums things up pretty well. Any one play in a game can be the one that changes the game for one team or the other.

Monday, December 30, 2019 - 6:43pm

DETROIT — Jake Slaker didn’t hesitate.

The senior forward received a pass across the crease from freshman forward Eric Ciccolini and, in an instant, Slaker buried the puck behind Ferris State goaltender Austin Shaw to give the Michigan hockey team the lead, 1-0, in the first period.

It was a lead the Wolverines (7-10-2) wouldn’t relinquish as they tacked on three more to win, 4-1 over the Bulldogs (6-10-2) on Monday and advance to the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 9:31pm

Kurt Golder looks for only one thing when his No. 3 Michigan men’s gymnastics team has intrasquad meets: consistency.

In Saturday’s meet, he found that consistency on some events, like pommel horse, but on others, like floor exercise, the Wolverines vacillated between clean, hit routines and routines that had multiple falls or errors.

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 6:50pm
The Michigan hockey team has suffered from an anemic offense thus far.

One game past the halfway point of this season, it’s no secret that the Michigan hockey team’s year hasn’t gone to plan. At 6-10-2 overall and 2-7-1 in the Big Ten, the Wolverines are nowhere close to what they expected of themselves entering the season.