Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 8:31pm
Mel Pearson and his wife, Susie at their high school Prom Dance.

They met while they were teenagers. They got engaged in college and married a year later. It was all so fast, but she was his biggest supporter and she was the apple of his eye from the outset. When he would go out of line, whether because of coaching or anything, she would keep him in check. Through thick and thin, they stayed together for 38 years.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:22pm
Hockey beat writer Tien Le and sophomore goaltender Strauss Mann sharing food within their dietary restrictions.

The first thing you should know about Strauss Mann’s Paleo diet is that it isn’t exactly Paleo.

When I found out, I was popping open three boxes of tupperware and unwrapping a large bowl. It was Day 30, and I had just finished my month-long self-initiated challenge of trying out the famed diet.

Earlier in the week, I met up with the sophomore goaltender for our weekly check-in on my progress and, feeling bold, I asked if he would be down for each of us to cook up something Paleo and swap — a celebration for the end of my trial.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:45pm
Defenseman Keaton Pehrson made contributions on offense in Michigan’s 5-3 win over Wisconsin.

Last season, two of the five top point scorers for the Michigan hockey team were defensemen. It was part of the system — defensemen creating offense — an emphasis coach Mel Pearson made sure to call out after Michigan swept Notre Dame in mid-January.

It was the reason for their success then, and against Wisconsin, Saturday, a defensive pairing stepped up to fit that role in the 5-3 win to seal another sweep.

Jack Summers and Keaton Pehrson have had their fair share of disappointment. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 8:30pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson broke down Will Lockwood's game winner against Ohio State.

With four minutes left in the game, Lockwood took the puck off a rebound and scored a thrilling game-winning goal. The Wolverines went on to win the game, 3-2, due to the hustling efforts of Lockwood on his goal.

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 12:29am
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Johnny Beecher had a foot off the ice and into the tunnel leading to the locker room.

The freshman forward had just been thrown out of the game for headbutting another player in a scuffle. When he got fully off the ice, he turned to the referee right as the he was closing the door behind him and launched into his tirade.

What he shouted couldn’t be heard floors above the ice, or even rows away from his tantrum. But the nearest fans inches to him caught one word — “bullshit,” they recalled him saying.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 7:11pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson moved to Edina, Minn. to play high school hockey and lived with a billet family.

Vividly depicting the early career of Mel Pearson, head coach of Michigan Men’s Hockey, Daily Sports Writer Tien Le describes Pearson’s experience living with a billet family for his high school hockey years.

Pearson’s experience living, studying and playing away from home drastically shaped his future.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 12:06am
Volunteer assistant coach Matt Hunwick watched Saturday's game from the bench, a familiar perspective to when he played.

Coaching has been an aspect of hockey that Hunwick found to be a joy.

“I was excited just to be able to come back and give back,” he said.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:35am
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The seniors were chatting at the back of the bus.

Last weekend, the flight to State College didn’t go exactly as planned. It got redirected to Harrisburg, Penn., and from there the Michigan hockey team had to bus two hours to its rightful destination of State College.

While the Wolverines were en route, the seniors all sat together in the last rows and talked about their play. Defensively, they had things locked down. Offensively, they had to find a spark.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 10:00pm
Due to his recent lack of success, junior forward Dakota Raabe was kept out of last weekend’s lineup against Notre Dame.

There was no jersey embroidered with the number 12 left to greet Dakota Raabe, the then-freshman forward. Bags filled with his equipment laid to the side. There were no helmet or pads hanging in the top-shelf bins.

If he looked, the only thing he’d see was his name plate and an empty locker under it. No skates dangling below on the bottom rack.

“We gave him a week off to make sure he did what he was supposed to do,” Michigan hockey coach Mel Pearson said, “and took the hockey away from him.”

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 10:47pm
Nick Pastujov scored a power play goal in the first period to give Michigan a decisive lead on Friday.

The movement of the puck spread the defense open, leaving Nick Pastujov open down low at the base of the net. Recognizing this, Michael sent the puck to his brother, who swiftly turned, pulled back and lifted the puck over the shoulder of Morris, converting the man-advantage in 18 seconds. Pinpoint execution for a goal that would give Michigan a decisive lead in an eventual 3-0 win over Notre Dame.