Whereas before Eggleton didn’t feel comfortable being vulnerable about mental health, her time at Michigan has not only enabled her to grow intrinsically, but also shaped her into a vocal advocate for student-athlete mental health.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.