Hockey

Junior goaltender Strauss Mann patrols the crease in a game at Yost Ice Arena last season.

Mann is the quarterback of the team, and while Michigan spends a lot of time down in the offensive zone, he always stays locked in and alert.

Michigan's penalty kill kept it in the game against the Badgers.

The Wolverines’ two successful penalty kills forced overtime, which ended in a 2-1 Michigan win on a highlight-reel goal from Bordeleau.

Freshman forward Thomas Bordeleau scored the game-winner in overtime for Michigan on Friday.

On a dime, Bordeleau stopped. He dragged the puck back, put it between his legs, and lifted the backhander into the top of the net.

The goal ended a dramatic 2-1 Wolverines victory and sealed a Michigan (4-0) series sweep over the Badgers (2-2)

Strauss Mann led the way to a 5-2 win for Michigan with 26 saves.

Mann played a pivotal role in Michigan’s win by allowing just two goals on 28 shots, posting a save percentage of .929.

After taking three of four games from Wisconsin last year, a more dominant Michigan hockey team will look to build on that performance.

Last season, Michigan took three out of four contests against Wisconsin, but it’s hard to anticipate how they’ll stack up this year — both teams look drastically different than the last time they faced-off in the beginning of February.

Here’s what to watch for when the Wolverines’ take the ice in Madison.

Matty Beniers' mere presence on the penalty kill remarks on Michigan's abundance of offensive talent.

The inclusion of these four players led to an aggressive shorthanded approach and many scoring opportunities with a player in the penalty box. While Michigan did not score a shorthanded goal, it attempted eight shorthanded shots over the two games.

Johnny Beecher did not return to Sunday's game against Arizona State after a nasty collision.

Dangerous hits like these are still occurring and the discrepancy in calls between the two from this weekend proves it’s still unclear how to control them and determine what warrants more punishment.

In his debut weekend with the Wolverines, freshman forward Kent Johnson racked up five points.

An emphatic scream echoed throughout the mostly-empty Yost Ice Arena. 

Kent Johnson had glided into the offensive zone, picked up a rebound that floated into the slot and fired a puck into the back of the net. 

Michigan moved to 2-0 with a 3-0 win over Arizona State on Sunday.

Following an 8-1 win on Saturday in which the Michigan hockey team controlled play for nearly the entire game, it was fair to wonder if the Wolverines could do it again. 

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On Saturday afternoon, Michigan hockey had no trouble getting the puck to the net.  

The final score of the season opener against Arizona State was 8-1, creating an almost comical contrast with coach Mel Pearson’s offensive outlook from a couple weeks ago: