Hockey

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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.

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There’s only one word to sum up Michigan’s 2018-19 season — disappointing. Two seasons ago, Michigan was moments from playing for the national championship. But last year, the team struggled in every aspect.

Senior forward Will Lockwood and his dad Joe both played hockey at Michigan.

Will Lockwood says his dad never told him much about his history at Michigan.

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.

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.

Michigan hockey has switched to a modern power play system this season.

The power play system is new for the Wolverines this year, but their performance Sunday wouldn’t show it. Three goals on six opportunities is an impressive showing, though it requires the acknowledgement that it came in an exhibition matchup against a team that doesn’t compete in any division of the NCAA.

Freshman defenseman Cam York scored twice in Michigan’s 8-2 exhibition game win over Windsor on Sunday.

The Michigan hockey team's 8-2 over Windsor showcased the talents of its five-man freshman group on Sunday.

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The score gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead over Windsor heading into the first intermission, and the game didn’t get much closer from there as Michigan won, 8-2.

After a disappointing season, the Michigan hockey team needs to prove that this year will be different.

After going to the Frozen Four in 2018 and coming 3.7 seconds and an unlucky bounce from a potential spot in the national championship, expectations were high for the Wolverines last fall. They were ranked No. 4 in the USCHO preseason poll, the goaltender who backstopped them on a wild second-half run was back in net and all seemed to be in order.

Senior forward Will Lockwood got called out in John U. Bacon's class on Wednesday.

And for the first time in three years — despite the pleas of the editors — The Daily has decided to bring back Quick Hits.

For its first edition this year, The Daily sat down with senior forwards Will Lockwood, Jake Slaker and Nick Pastujov — who upon then-sophomore forward Josh Norris’s injuries last season, formed a line — to talk about class, hypotheticals and more.