A lack of focus. No energy. Not being mentally prepared.
These were the factors that contributed to the Michigan hockey team’s upset loss Friday night against Ohio State. Fortunately for the Wolverines, they were able to bounce back the next day with a 6-0 throttling of the Buckeyes.
Through 20 minutes of sluggish, uninspired hockey, Michigan looked like anything but a team that could score six goals in a game. The Wolverines had mustered just five shots on goal and looked completely out of sorts, offensively.
Following a three week layoff, there were concerns that the Michigan hockey team’s offense would be slow to get going. After a dominant win on Saturday, though, the Wolverines had appeared to put concerns of rust aside.
Two months ago, the Michigan hockey team never led in their first series against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish scored first and were able to sit back, establish a neutral zone trap and frustrate the Wolverines’ usually potent offense.