Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 5:48pm
Jimmy Lambert will make an unexpected return from injury on Friday against Michigan State.

So, 11 days after his season was declared over — and a week after Pearson said it was “tough” that Lambert would miss the rest of the year — Lambert is back on the ice and seemingly will play in this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series against Michigan State.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:38pm
Sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann has focused on fundamentals and keeping a routine.

After practice ended Monday at Yost Ice Arena, after most of the team and the coaching staff had retreated up the stairs to the locker room, Strauss Mann and Kris Mayotte — and a handful of forwards — were still on the ice.

The sophomore goaltender and his position coach had a conversation at the far end of the ice before moving to the net at the near end. While Mann got settled in the crease, Mayotte explained what he wanted from the forwards he’d chosen to help with the drill.

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 9:27pm
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Keaton Pehrson had his head down, fighting to gain control of the puck along the boards on the right side.

Notre Dame forward Alex Steeves slipped the puck from the freshman defenseman and fired a backhand pass across the slot to Michael Graham, who entered the offensive zone unmarked. Graham’s initial shot was saved by sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann, but as the puck went through Mann’s legs, forward Cam Morrison was there for the easy tap-in.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:08pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson took his team from 0-6-1 to start Big Ten play to 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.

On Nov. 16 after Michigan lost in East Lansing, the Wolverines were six games into Big Ten play and had only one point in the conference standings. Before Michigan got its first Big Ten win, it went 0-6-1 through its first seven conference games.
The picture for the Wolverines couldn’t be more different now. After starting out firmly in last place in the Big Ten, Michigan is now in third place and just three points behind Penn State and Minnesota, which are tied for the lead. If — emphasis on if — the Wolverines sweep Notre Dame and Minnesota to close the regular season, they’ll win the Big Ten regular season title.

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 9:19pm
Jake Slaker scored two goals in Friday's 5-1 win over Michigan State.

As the Wolverines push into the last few games of the regular season, contributions from seniors like Slaker have been key in getting Michigan back in the win column after a rough first half. Pearson has spent most of the year talking about how the Wolverines need their seniors to contribute, and Slaker’s success has clearly been crucial in Michigan’s recent run.

His two goals in Friday’s 5-1 win are just the most recent demonstration.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 9:11pm
Graduate transfer forward Jacob Hayhurst has four goals in eight games after one in 20 to start the year.

Since moving from center to wing, Michigan graduate transfer Jacob Hayhurst has turned it on in the second half of the season, finally scoring at the high rate that was expected when he joined the Wolverines.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 5:41pm
Freshman forward Eric Ciccolini had shoulder surgery Monday and will miss the remainder of the season.

Freshman forward Eric Ciccolini had shoulder surgery Monday and will miss the remainder of the season, Michigan coach Mel Pearson said Tuesday.

Pearson didn’t name the specific injury, but said Ciccolini came to Ann Arbor with it and has been playing through it all season. His shoulder has been subluxing — sliding in and out of socket, repeatedly dislocating — throughout the season, and it got to a point where continuing to play through it didn’t make sense.

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 8:32pm
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When Mel Pearson walked into the offices at Yost Ice Arena after Michigan’s 8-4 win over Wisconsin, he didn’t look like a coach whose team had just scored a season-high eight goals.

“Lucky tonight,” Pearson said. “That’s how I feel. I feel we didn’t have our best game. We had too many guys not prepared to play in the game tonight. I’ll take the blame for that. … That’s on me. I did a horseshit job of getting them ready to play tonight. But we’ll take the points. It’s huge that we get those three points, but we need to be better tomorrow.”

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:17pm
Assistant coach Kris Mayotte brought a new penalty kill system to Michigan this year from Providence.

A backdoor rebound on a five-on-three advantage and a perfectly placed shot at Penn State. A bounce off a Michigan defenseman’s stick in front of the net against Ohio State. A wide-open forward sniping over Mann’s shoulder from the slot against those same Buckeyes.

These are the only three power play goals the Wolverines have allowed to start the second half of the season. Michigan has killed off 18 other penalties, two of them five-minute majors, without allowing a goal.

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 5:28pm
Johnny Beecher has been suspended for one game.

Freshman forward Johnny Beecher has been suspended for Michigan’s game on Friday night against Wisconsin, per a release from the Big Ten.