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.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:49pm

Standing just below the left circle, Michael Pastujov received a pass from Jacob Hayhurst behind the net. In an instant, without wasting time settling the puck for a shot, Pastujov snapped a wrist shot toward the mouth of the goal.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 8:57pm
Nick Blankenburg started standing over a second-floor railing at Yost because his grandfather sat below.

When the sophomore defenseman played his first game at Yost last October, he wasn’t sure where he was going to stand to stretch and visualize before the game. He gravitated toward the left side of the building, and he found the railing over there. And then he looked down and realized his grandfather — Richard Orkisz, better known as Pops — had the seats just below the railing, in the corner, on the glass.

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 6:09pm
The Michigan hockey team held onto a two-goal lead in Wisconsin on Sunday.

But the Michigan hockey team has largely struggled to fulfill what its assistant coach has been asking. In three of the Wolverines’ seven Big Ten games before Sunday’s game in Madison, Michigan held a two-goal lead in the second period — four times if you count both the 2-0 and 3-1 leads over Michigan State on Nov. 14.

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 9:19pm
Sophomore defenseman Nick Blankenburg has a new role on Michigan's power play.

Nick Blankenburg looked across the ice, surveying his options as he decided which play to make for Michigan’s top power-play unit.

The sophomore defenseman had senior forward Will Lockwood in the slot, senior forward Jake Slaker on the right half-wall, fifth-year forward Jacob Hayhurst on the left half-wall and freshman forward Johnny Beecher at the net front. He could pass to any one of those options or choose to shoot the puck himself — less of an attempt to score and more of an attempt to make the New Hampshire penalty killers respect him as an option to shoot.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 9:40pm

DURHAM, N.H. — Almost before anyone knew what was happening, Jake Gingell’s attempt at a pass out of Michigan’s defensive zone ended up on the tape of forward Angus Crookshank’s stick. The sophomore defenseman couldn’t do anything but watch as Crookshank steadied the puck and fired home a shot that cleanly beat senior goaltender Hayden Lavigne.

In the blink of an eye, New Hampshire tied the game at one goal apiece.

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:21pm
Freshman forward Johnny Beecher scored two goals in Michigan's 4-1 win over New Hampshire.

DURHAM, N.H. — For the first 12 minutes, it felt like the same game the Michigan hockey team has played just about every night on its seven-game winless skid.

New Hampshire (5-5-1) got off to a quick start, outshooting the Wolverines, 7-3 in the first five minutes. Senior defenseman Luke Martin went to the box for boarding less than four minutes into the game. The Wolverines (4-7-2) were chasing the game from the beginning, and they appeared to be heading down the road of a fourth-straight loss.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:47pm

The Whittemore Center holds an Olympic ice sheet, which is 15 feet wider than the standard NHL-sized sheet at most rinks, including Yost Ice Arena. While the space between the faceoff circles remains the same dimensions, there’s much more space on the other side of the dots going into the corners.