Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:06pm
Senior defenseman Griffin Luce hopes to limit Penn State's chances this weekend.

The Nittany Lions are an imposing group. They returned their top five scorers from last season and have scored 4.6 goals a game, which ranks second in the nation. Last year’s team had similar offensive success but was tarnished by one of the nation’s worst defenses. A lot has changed since then, though. Penn State is ranked 19th in goals against, allowing 2.4 a night — a substantial difference from 3.56 last season. And with that improvement, Michigan is slated for a challenging weekend. Fortunately for the Wolverines, their defensive unit has been one of the lone bright spots throughout this season. They’ll need to build off that to make the most out of the series.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 9:16pm
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The Michigan hockey team fell to New Hampshire in overtime following a goal off a turnover on Saturday.

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:41pm
Senior forward Will Lockwood said Friday that Michigan's expectations remain high.

DURHAM, N.H. — After a successful penalty kill midway through the second period, junior forward Jack Becker stepped out of the penalty box and collected a pass near the blue line. With poise, he made his way to the left circle and fired a wrister into the corner of the net to give the Michigan hockey team a 3-1 lead against New Hampshire.

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:53pm
In his first on ice appearance since October's exhibition, senior goaltender Hayden Lavigne impressed with 11 saves and no goals allowed during his time in net.

The puck was deflected by the goaltender before forward Patrick Khodorenko took possession on the left side. He skated to the corner and stayed behind the goal line while attacking the post. At the last second, he dished a pass through the tip of the crease to Rosburg on the other side, who took a shot at the gaping hole on the right half of the net. A goal looked inevitable, but the goaltender extended his glove and made the save. That display of staunch goaltending was nothing new. It has been Michigan’s staple for most of the season and has given the Wolverines a chance to win in most games. Only this time, it was senior Hayden Lavigne who held out the hand and not sophomore Strauss Mann.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 9:10pm
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With just over a minute left in the opening period, the Michigan hockey team (3-6-2 overall, 0-4-1-0 Big Ten) positioned itself in the offensive zone looking to generate a chance before the first intermission ended quietly against Michigan State (4-5-0, 2-1-0-0). Sophomore forward Jimmy Lambert found the puck near the left boards and turned to make a pass back to freshman defenseman Cam York, but the pass sailed wide and past the blue line thus wasting the possession.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 9:04pm
Even Michigan State coach Danton Cole mentioned Michigan’s struggles can be attributed to "puck luck."

The underlying trend is that despite the lack of scoring, the offense has made strides since the loss against Western Michigan. All the while, defense and goaltending have remained steady. If the offense continues to make strides and the defense remains stingy, then it’s logical that better bounces could help this team unleash its potential.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:16pm
Sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann was the backbone of Michigan's defense against Minnesota.

If any of those bounces went another way, the game could have had a different tone. Thus there is weight behind the saying. But this raises the question, what kept the game close to begin with? And the answer to that is, undoubtedly, the defensive effort.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 8:58pm
Senior forward Jake Slaker sat out Michigan's three recent road losses with an undisclosed injury.

There was a heightened sense of urgency at Yost Ice Arena late Tuesday afternoon. Throughout practice, voices were louder, whistles more purposeful, huddles more frequent, and then, to top it off, the Michigan hockey team closed out with intense goal-line-to-goal-line conditioning.

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:17pm
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COLUMBUS — Early in the final frame, freshman forward Johnny Beecher crashed into the opposing goaltender while hunting for a rebound. 

Though Beecher got called for a penalty, it seemed harmless, as the Michigan hockey team (3-3-1) held a one-goal lead. But the Buckeyes evened the score shortly after, when forward Quinn Preston positioned himself in the crease and redirected a pass past the goal line. The goal was reviewed for goalie interference, but it counted and started to change the game.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:11pm
The Michigan hockey team lacked mental preparation in the second game against Western Michigan last weekend.

After losing the first road game of the season against then-No. 18 Western Michigan, the Michigan hockey team was quiet on the ride back from Kalamazoo on Saturday night.

“When do you let it go?” said Michigan coach Mel Pearson.  “When you get over it? When do you just say ‘OK, you know what, we can’t bring it back, we’re over and done with it?'”