Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 11:04pm
Junior Hayden Lavigne allowed four goals for Michigan in its disappointing loss to Notre Dame.

SOUTH BEND — On the penalty kill, a shot. On the power play, a shot. On even-strength, a shot.

No matter if it played with a man-advantage, man disadvantage or at even strength, the Michigan hockey team couldn’t prevent Notre Dame from getting a shot off. And four times, Hayden Lavigne couldn’t prevent those shots from becoming a goal.

The junior goaltender saw 23 shots at him in a 5-2 loss. He saved just 19 for a save percentage of .826.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 10:04pm
The team made crucial changes in order to get its first series sweep in the Big Ten.

After that series, Michigan has failed to sweep a series until last weekend against Michigan State, when the Wolverines completed their first Big Ten weekend series — exorcising demons built throughout a string of ties and losses. Their record for Saturday games up until that point? Two wins, six losses and two ties that ended in losses.

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 11:19pm
Brendan Warren visited New York City for the first time as a freshman.

Joseph Cecconi and Brendan Warren sat silently and thought for a moment.

Three years removed from their first trip to New York, the seniors could barely remember how the game in Madison Square Garden went during their first collegiate season.

“I don’t remember the game at all,” Cecconi said, laughing. “But if I had to take a snap at it, we were down a few goals and then we threw out the CCM line, and then we came back, so I’m going to go with that.”

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:30pm
Junior forward Jake Slaker notched three assists in Michigan's 4-3 loss at Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS — Mel Pearson preached discipline throughout the week. After Friday’s game against Minnesota, the Michigan coach preached it even more.

“We have to stay out the penalty box,” Pearson said after Friday’s 4-2 win over the Golden Gophers. “Most of our penalties were not saving goals. They were all down in the far end, in our offensive zone, so we have to clean that up.”

Despite the emphasis on clean play, the Michigan hockey team failed to execute, and it cost them in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 8:55pm
Freshman goaltender Strauss Mann made 19 saves in relief against Penn State.

After beating Penn State on Thursday, the Michigan hockey team went to New York City looking to build off momentum. It did the exact opposite, losing 5-2.

Here are the takeaways.

Strauss Mann is still a viable option

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 12:16am
Sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes turned the puck over twice that directly led to Penn State goals

NEW YORK CITY — Quinn Hughes went into the locker room and turned to the team. After a poor showing defensively, Hughes did what he had to do. He was accountable for his sloppiness in Saturday’s game against No. 15 Penn State, one that the Michigan hockey team lost, 5-2, with the sophomore defenseman at the epicenter.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 8:24pm

The first two matchups between the Michigan hockey team and No. 15 Penn State resulted in a total of 23 goals scored.

In turn, Michigan coach Mel Pearson shifted his focus to defense — something he had emphasized all season. But for Thursday’s matchup especially, he made clear that he wanted to see the team protect the net better.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 10:41pm
Quinn Hughes and Josh Norris represented the United States at World Junior Championships.

Josh Norris and Quinn Hughes were no strangers to U20 World Juniors. It was only one year ago the sophomore forwards had both appeared in it together for Team USA, earning a bronze medal.

Returning to the scene once more — this time in Vancouver and Victoria, Ont. — they had their eyes set on gold.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 8:38pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson wore a Stormy Kromer hat during Michigan's outdoor game.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson wore it behind the bench at Notre Dame Stadium on Jan. 5. As the players took off their gear and changed into their street clothes, they slipped it on as well.

“It’s a unique cap,” Pearson said. “And a unique story behind the cap.”

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 9:49pm
Junior goaltender Hayden Lavigne notched 30 saves with a .889 save percentage in last week's 4-2 win over Notre Dame .

Entering the new year, compared to the first half of the season, there was a new Lavigne. A goaltender who practiced hard, competed hard and gave Michigan the opportunity to win. But for Lavigne and the coaching staff, it was more of the same.