Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:00pm
Michigan's nine-person senior class has seven members who played all four years in Ann Arbor.

The phase where a loss at any moment could place an abrupt end to the Michigan hockey team’s season. And when that moment finally comes, it will mark the end of a chapter for the Wolverines’ seniors, a turning point in each of their lives.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 7:38pm

That goal put the Michigan hockey team (18-14-4 overall, 12-10-3-2 Big Ten) up by two and fueled the Wolverines to a 3-0 win over Michigan State (15-19-2, 11-12-2), Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena. And with the victory, a Michigan team once left for dead advanced to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 10:23pm
Sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann recorded his fifth shutout of the season on Friday.

Friday was the fifth meeting between the two this season. Lethemon certainly had the upper hand in the opening series in mid November, while his team walked away with the sweep. He tallied a 95.9 percent save rate that weekend while Mann blocked just 83.3 percent of his shots. Mann even got pulled for senior goaltender Hayden Lavigne in the latter game, after giving up three goals on 12 shots in the first two periods.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 4:18pm

It started with two friends having a conversation.

A young Jake Slaker and his father, Dirk, were in Toronto for a summer hockey tournament. Jake’s passion for the sport was surging and Dirk wanted to nourish it — he just needed the right advice from someone who’d been there, done it before. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8:08pm
Senior forward Will Lockwood and the Michigan hockey team face a similar scenario as the last two seasons heading into the last weekend of Big Ten regular season play.

Thursday afternoon, the Michigan hockey team departed for Minneapolis to embark on a challenging yet crucial weekend series.

The Wolverines are searching for critical conference points to help them surge up the standings and potentially get home ice for the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 6:29pm

Michigan tried to fight back by pulling Mann in the final minutes, but the efforts fell short. The Fighting Irish notched an empty-net goal, and thus the Wolverines fell, 3-0. The loss marked the second in a row and a change in momentum after what has been a surging second half performance.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:27pm
Sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann has excelled in Michigan's hot stretch.

And behind the Wolverines’ fortune was Strauss Mann.
Despite Michigan’s 4-1 win, the sophomore goaltender’s stellar performance was critical. He faced 32 shots and saved all but one. There were moments Monday where it seemed he could stop just about anything.

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 8:24pm

Despite being swept in their mid-November series, Michigan men’s hockey comfortably handled Michigan State this Friday, beating the team 5-1.

Senior forward Jake Slaker netted two goals for the Wolverines, continuing their winning streak in which Michigan has won 22 of their last 27 conference points.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 7:47pm
Senior forward Nick Pastujov won key faceoffs in Michigan's sweep of Wisconsin this weekend.

The past two weekends — more than any others — exemplified the importance of winning faceoffs for the Michigan hockey team. The Wolverines won a couple key faceoffs, at home against No. 13 Ohio State and Wisconsin, that helped fuel wins. With freshman forward Johnny Beecher out during last Friday’s game due to a one-game suspension, the lines were changed up a bit. For the first time, the combination of senior forward Jake Slaker, freshman forward Nick Granowicz and Lambert found its way onto the ice. While hosting Wisconsin, Michigan significantly limited its penalties. Heading into the weekend, the Wolverines were averaging 8.96 penalty minutes a night. That figure wasn’t too much of an issue due to the group’s skillful penalty kill unit.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:57pm

But then Hayhurst seamlessly brought the puck back in and across to finish the job. That goal widened the Michigan hockey team’s lead to three goals in an eventual 5-3 victory over Wisconsin (10-17-1 overall, 5-14-1-1 Big Ten). The victory helped the Wolverines (13-12-3 overall, 8-8-2-1 Big Ten) seal their second sweep of the new year.