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
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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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 9:09pm
The Wolverines' offensive struggles have held them back, currently boasting a 7-8-6 record.

“If you have it even around the net — and we missed the net a lot — they blocked a lot of shots, but we missed the net a lot. Over the net, wide on greater scoring opportunities. We’re not a gifted team as far as scoring goes. We have to really work for our goals.”

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 12:05am
Senior defenseman Nick Boka committed a costly penalty in Michigan's loss Tuesday.

At the final buzzer, Jake Slaker could only slam his stick down at the ice in frustration, shattering it in two.

The junior forward recorded six shots on net and a goal in the Michigan hockey team’s 4-2 loss to Merrimack Tuesday night. His efforts helped give his team a chance to win the game. The defense, however, lost it.

Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 7:29pm
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Cecconi had only anticipated an icing pass down ice, going as far as telling junior Jake Slaker to go for the breakaway right before the play. But instead, the goal was scored and in turn, lit the spark in a team that had spent the majority of the game defending its own zone, and sent the Wolverines on their way to a 4-2 win.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 10:15pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson and the Wolverines will host Minnesota for a two-game series in Ann Arbor this weekend.

Fast, skilled and newly helmed — Minnesota has all the tools to be great, though its 4-6-2 record might show otherwise.