Monday, May 27, 2019 - 3:25pm
Josh Norris was the 19th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, and will play with the Ottawa Senators next year.

Josh Norris last played an organized hockey game in Canada more than five months ago. The next time the sophomore forward picks up a stick, it’ll also be up north — Norris signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators, according to the team’s official website.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:06pm
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MINNEAPOLIS —  It was over before it even started. Rem Pitlick made sure of it.

With a goal to his name already and up 3-0 with three minutes left in the second period, Minnesota's star center gathered a pass from Tyler Sheehy in the right circle and without hesitation knifed the puck into the top of Michigan’s net, ending whatever small pulse the Wolverines’ season clung to.

“They came out to play and we didn’t,” said junior forward Jake Slaker. “It showed on the scoreboard.”

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 12:08am
Freshman goaltender Strauss Mann helped stop five power plays before giving up a goal on the sixth.

MINNEAPOLIS — Strauss Mann already killed five Minnesota power plays heading into overtime, but a sixth one reminded the Michigan hockey team that his magic in the net was exactly that — impressive, but in the end, not sustainable.

Though Mann and the Wolverines fought through those penalty kills, a multitude of Minnesota odd-man rushes and a third period that saw them outshot 14-5, the freshman goaltender carried the defense on his back — until Brannon McManus broke it in overtime when a dime from Rem Pitlick found its way to the top of the crease and through Mann’s five-hole.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 8:08pm
Freshman forward Jimmy Lambert recorded a goal and an assist at Wisconsin last weekend.

Lambert’s own two-game sample might not be enough to point the needle definitively, but a plethora of productive freshmen suggests his success could carry over into the Big Ten Tournament.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:19pm
Nick Boka and Joseph Cecconi followed independent yet complex paths to their Senior Nights this past weekend.

Nick Boka and Joseph Cecconi found themselves at crossroads to start their junior years.

After dishing out 10 assists and finishing plus-17 as a freshman defenseman, Boka saw his production fall off a cliff the next year, scoring two total points. Beyond that, his confidence was shot. Those around him acknowledged his pedigree but Boka still knew himself that something wasn’t right.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 11:43pm
Michigan had trouble capitalizing on its power plays after its first goal in Saturday's game with Ohio State.

Playing smart — as Michigan coach Mel Pearson noted Saturday night and after Tuesday’s penalty-ridden loss to Notre Dame — is something, even this late in the year that the Wolverines need to do more consistently. In Friday's win, Michigan committed just four penalties and killed every single one — allowing a total of five shots in that span.

And just one second after its own power play ended, up 3-2 on Ohio State, freshman defenseman Jack Summers took advantage with a game-sealing slapshot.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:04pm
The Michigan hockey team's odds for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament are slim.

As the Michigan hockey team inches closer to postseason play, one thing is abundantly clear — the only way that it makes the NCAA Tournament is with an automatic bid.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:05pm
Senior defenseman Joseph Cecconi committed a costly interference penalty against Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Mel Pearson sat at the back of Yost Ice Arena after an October win again St. Lawrence, content with the Michigan hockey team's victory.

But beyond that, he still had a goal in mind.

“We want to be the least (penalized) team in the country,” Pearson said. “ ... If we can do that, we continue to keep it three or under power plays a game, we’re going to be in good shape.”

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:02pm
The Wolverines beat the Michigan State Spartans with a final score of 5-3.

But unlike the last three matchups against the Spartans, the sophomore’s easy flick past Spartans goaltender Drew DeRidder — his third of the season against Michigan State — all but assured that the third time would, in fact, be the charm for the Michigan hockey team in a 5-3 win.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:19pm
Senior defenseman Nick Boka originally committed to Michigan State before committing to Michigan.

From the time he could pick up a stick, Nick Boka wanted to be a Wolverine. And both of his grandparents were fervent Michigan hockey fans. Many years back at a Michigan game, Boka was playing mini-sticks in the halls behind the bleachers at Yost Ice Arena.