In an up-and-down series against Lake Superior State (5-1) in which the Wolverines appeared to be two different teams between Friday and Saturday night, there was one constant for the No. 12 Michigan hockey team (4-3): sophomore forward Josh Norris.
It took eight minutes for the No. 12 Michigan hockey team to find twine. After back-and-forth play with minimal shots to show from either side, the Wolverines (3-3) finally broke through against Lake Superior State (5-0) to take the first lead of the game. But the early lead wouldn’t last, as the Lakers poured in five goals and Michigan fell, 5-2.
If one thing is certain after the Michigan hockey team’s first five games, it’s that Wolverines coach Mel Pearson and his team are doing more than just trying to kill bad habits — they’re actively looking for rhythm and routine.
Last season, then-sophomores Jack LaFontaine and Hayden Lavigne split time at goaltender for the first half of the season until Lavigne wrestled away control of the starting job. Though Lavigne retains a hold on the position through the first five games of the season, the emergence of freshman goaltender Strauss Mann has provided the Michigan hockey team (3-2) with a viable second option.
When Quinn Hughes went left against St. Lawrence, he was more often than not right. In the No.12 Michigan hockey team’s 3-1 win over the Saints, the sophomore defenseman quite literally found a zone — the left point. Whether it was his score or one of his two assists, the Wolverines relentlessly funneled their offense to the left point.
Few numbers speak louder for a defense than a shutout and one-goal-conceding game. Over the weekend, the Michigan hockey team swept St. Lawrence, winning 3-0 and 3-1 Friday and Saturday night, respectively. The wins came in large part due to its resurgent defense.
The Michigan hockey team (1-2) took on St. Lawrence at Yost Ice Arena on Friday night. The Wolverines came off of a 1-1 weekend vs. Western Michigan in which the offense was clicking and the defense struggled, as they both poured in and allowed 10 goals over the two games.