Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:11pm

COLUMBUS — Halfway through the second period, the Michigan hockey team netted a goal to extend its lead to two. The first period saw a power-play goal from Nick Pastujov, and the second, a quick backdoor cut from Emil Orhvall.

But there was nothing about the precarious two-goal lead that indicated a strong offense and commanding play. Michigan was getting dominated by No. 13 Ohio State — and the aftermath was a 3-2 loss.

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 10:43pm

Instead of attacking the opposing net, Michigan players were blocking shots and taking hits, fending off attacks with their bodies. Instead of dominating the ice as they had done all night long, they had become mere spectators, watching along as the other team had its way with things. And so Pearson called timeout.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:44pm
Senior forward Will Lockwood and the Michigan hockey team fell short against Western Michigan on Saturday, losing, 4-1.

KALAMAZOO All it took was five minutes for Western Michigan to dictate a game.

Five minutes to set the pace. Five to dominate the ice. Five minutes to create a lead the Michigan hockey team would spend the remaining 55 trying to overcome, ultimately to no avail.

“From faceoff to forecheck, to getting pucks out, to getting pucks to the net, to getting pucks through,” said Michigan coach Mel Pearson, “they put on a clinic in that first five minutes.”

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:21pm

Pearson drew up the intricacies of a play from last weekend’s matchup against Lake Superior State, breaking down where players went with the puck, what they were thinking with the play they made and how it all went down — with the X’s and O’s on a whiteboard.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 11:20pm

Last Saturday, you wouldn’t be able to find Jack Becker on the ice.

Instead, you would find him sitting on the fifth floor of Yost Ice Arena, in the press box, with the remaining players not dressed for the game against No. 10 Clarkson. 

He wasn’t injured. He wasn’t suspended. He just wasn’t what Michigan hockey coach Mel Pearson thought the team needed to win that game.

“You have to make tough decisions,” Pearson said. “We’ve got a lot of good players. He knows. 

“He knows.”

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 11:45pm
Senior forward Nick Pastujov scored the Wolverines' lone power play goal against Clarkson.

The defense was there.

The offense was coming along.

The penalty kill was an underlying factor in Friday’s 1-1 tie for the Michigan hockey team, and a key in keeping Saturday’s game close.

The power play, however, was not.

The Wolverines struggled with the man advantage, unable to capitalize on any of the seven penalties they drew Friday, and converted only one of five Saturday. Michigan’s inability to convert haunted them with wasted opportunities in a tight 3-1 loss Saturday against Clarkson.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 10:49pm

Mel Pearson woke up Friday morning reeling from a vivid dream.

It was a sight. The team and him, standing in Little Caesars Arena, hosting a trophy for all to see.

“I had a dream that we won the national championship in Detroit in front of 22,000 Michigan fans,” Pearson said, “and how unbelievable that would be, and how awesome it was.”

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 10:52pm
The Michigan hockey team looks to improve its penalty kill this year and has already showed improvement after Sunday’s game against Windsor.

As the mindset on all penalty killing should be, the Wolverines hope to achieve success with a man down in a different fashion than last year — adding aggressiveness to their defending. And the strength of the team in the system isn’t just the unity in its aggression, but also the sense of understanding and ease of learning.

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 9:36pm
Tien Le explores if he's faster than a Michigan hockey player.

Have you ever looked down on the the rink at Yost Ice Arena, watching the Michigan hockey team skate from red line to red line and wondered, “Maybe I’m faster than one of the guys on the team?”

Well, the short answer is no.

Odds are, you cannot skate faster than a Division I hockey player. 

And I’ll give you a hint, the long answer is also no, just with more embarrassing insight and head-shaking performances.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 10:40pm
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz hopes her team continues with sustained energy from the first whistle to last every game.

The Wolverines, fourth in the conference, have shown their ability to stay fresh between games — an asset that will prove useful down the stretch.