Hockey

Michigan rides a two-game winning streak into the series opener at Michigan State on Friday.

With half the season gone and two weeks of Big Ten play completed, the Wolverines have lived up to their expectations. The Spartans (1-3-0, 5-13-2), on the other hand, have not.

Kyle Connor didn't earn a spot on Team USA's World Juniors roster, but he responded by earning GLI MVP honors.

The 17th overall pick by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor led the nation in college goals (seven) and points (13) during December.

Team captains pose with the MacInnes Cup following their GLI victory on December 30.

Wednesday’s 4-2, come-from-behind win over a competitive Michigan Tech squad included several show-stopping defensive stands, but relatively tame bursts of offense.

Senior goaltender Steve Racine blocks a shot during the Great Lakes Invitational on December 30.

DETROIT — The puck slipped between Steve Racine’s legs, and for a fleeting moment, it seemed the senior goaltender’s return to the ice had taken a turn for the worse.

Sophomore defenseman Cutler Martin celebrates his first goal of the season in the first period during Michigan's 3-2 victory over Northern Michigan in the semifinal game of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on December 29.

The Wolverines held on in the third period despite a five-minute major called on junior forward Alex Kile for a hit to the head.

Michael Downing was ejected from Saturday's game after delivering a hard hit to a Minnesota player.

The advent of concussion research brought forth a variety of suggestions for reducing dangerous hits in contact sports. Today, automatic ejections are in vogue.

Michigan nearly pulled off a win despite not playing its best game Saturday, but the Wolverines fell short.

The Wolverines win all the time when they’re getting the bounces. What they couldn’t manage to do Saturday was win when the pucks weren’t going in, no matter how close they were — and they were very close.

Diagnosing the Michigan hockey team’s identity has become nearly impossible.

Senior forward Boo Nieves in a game against Minnesota on Friday.

The scoring continued like it has all year at Yost Ice Arena, as No. 9 Michigan cruised to an 8-3 victory against Minnesota behind a three-goal surge in the second period.

Justin Selman and the Wolverines are looking for revenge.

When two of college hockey’s most storied programs meet, there’s always a little extra buzz around the rink. But when Minnesota and No. 9 Michigan drop the puck at Yost Ice Arena on Friday night, it won’t be just a matchup of star talent and Big Ten contenders. It’s personal.