Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 7:29pm
Six-year-old Jack Becker of Dellwood, Minn. watches as his hockey heroes are introduced at the start of the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Russell Becker trudged out to the backyard, dragging the hose with him. A kid waddled through the snow, curtly behind him.

Boards. Check.

Lights. Check.

Goalposts. Check.

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 8:30pm

The normally vibrant silver grayed to a rustic dreariness, the ever-loud roar of cheers and chants voided into silence. Yost Ice Arena was empty — its lights turned off. 

When the weather permits, the surrounding window panels let sunlight seep through its aperture, the same way a stained glass window of a cathedral would let natural light break over its wooden seats.

And then the lights turned on.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:43pm
Sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann had his sixth shutout of the season on Saturday night.

But the real story was all about Mann — he was the man of the hour.

A shutout is no easy feat. After earning his fifth the day before, he tied for second in the nation for most shutouts. One day later, he did it again. Sixty minutes. One hour. That’s how long he had to laser in in-game, but his match started much earlier.

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 10:37pm
The Michigan hockey team held onto a three-goal lead despite letting off the gas in the third period on Friday.

Rather than feeling confident, Pearson understood the nature of a three-goal lead and thereby, deficit. Especially in hockey, where one play can spark a snowball effect, it’s essential to maintain focus for a full 60 minutes. But when you believe you’re safe, when you let down your guard, take your foot off the pedal, kinks in a seemingly-insurmountable lead start to show.

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 4:37pm
The Michigan hockey team will play Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.

In wake of the Big Ten Tournament, the Michigan Daily hockey beat sat down and discussed their thoughts on how the tournament would play out.

With a field of Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively ordered in how they placed in the Big Ten standings, anything could happen in the well-balanced conference battles.

Here are the beat writers’ predicted winners:

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 2:13am
Nick Granowicz scored the game-winner as Michigan beat Minnesota, 2-1

Did he know that he had just scored the game winner, the one that would clinch Michigan home ice in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament after it held on to beat Minnesota, 2-1? Or that he had revived the Wolverines’ hopes for a deep postseason run? Maybe not, but every player on the ice knew the magnitude of that shot.

It had won Michigan the game.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 1:29am
Goaltender Strauss Mann stood on his head as Michigan earned an extra point in a shootout against Minnesota.

He bailed them out when he had to face 39 shots in the second and third periods. He bailed them out when they took penalty after penalty. He bailed them out when Minnesota turned a man-disadvantage into two Grade-A shorthanded shots.

Whenever the team would slip up, he was there to catch their faults. When the game went to a shootout, he was there to make the saves.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 11:31pm
Graduate transfer forward Jacob Hayhurst scored Michigan's lone goal in two games against Notre Dame this past weekend.

Yet against Notre Dame, Michigan could muster only a single goal over the course of two games — and it was scored by an extra attacker on an empty-net situation. The Fighting Irish stymied the Wolverines’ hot hands, sweeping them over two games at Yost.

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 7:42pm

For all of Saturday’s game, Michigan and Notre Dame had struggled to score.
Both teams went two full periods unable to produce a single goal. The scarcity of goals wasn’t the fault of poor offense, but rather exceptional defense. Both sides have stout goaltending. They play the passing lanes. They pack the crease. And they recognized that the highly-coveted first goal would be the deciding factor.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:33pm
Senior forward Jake Slaker has 17 points in 12 games since Christmas break.

Jake Slaker finished his lap around the ice with a deadpan look on his face. The senior forward had scored the opening goal Friday at Munn Ice Arena, and made it a point to turn to the Michigan State student section.

Until that point, the arena had been moderately loud. The Michigan hockey team likes to joke Munn is a library in terms of atmosphere, but the jeers and chants rained from all around, contrary to its defamation.