Each time he commends the offense, Pearson seems to conversely critique his blueliners ability to step up in the big moments, especially when down a man.
Fighting through a fast-paced, nail-biting overtime, the Wolverines came out alive Saturday, after taking their largest blow of the season the night before.
Despite finding success playing from behind last weekend against No. 7 Minnesota, the 17th-ranked Wolverines didn’t have the same fortune Friday night against No. 9 Wisconsin.
The No. 17 Michigan hockey team (2-1-1 Big Ten, 6-3-1 overall) travels to Madison to face off against No. 9 Wisconsin (2-2, 7-5-1) in the Wolverines’ second top-10 matchup in two weeks.
Three weeks ago, Michigan hockey coach Mel Pearson called Cooper Marody into his office for a conversation about his practice habits. Since then, the junior forward's production has soared.
Mel Pearson emphasized that playing behind with three- or four-goal deficits will not be a sustainable practice moving forward.
This weekend, all eyes turned anxiously to Ann Arbor to watch the Wolverines take on conference royalty. And the results proved that critics may have underestimated Michigan.
Coming off a league-shattering victory Friday against No. 4 Minnesota, Michigan had looked to complete a sweep of the top team in the Big Ten.
Following two straight weeks with devastating, come-from-behind overtime losses, the Wolverines finally overcame the overtime hump off an unconventional goal.
A lot could go wrong this weekend for Michigan if the Golden Gophers’ scoring machine starts to churn. But a lot could also go right if the Wolverines’ system is synchronous.