Michigan coach Mel Pearson isn't concerned with the legacy he leaves in Ann Arbor, but instead is simply happy to be reunited with the program.

Pearson knows the task of replacing a legend presents a challenge unlike any he has ever faced. He knows he isn’t the next Red Berenson, and he’s not trying to be.
What matters to Pearson, though, is that he’s at home.

Graduate student Alex Roos scored and assisted in Michigan's season-opening exhibition before tallying another goal against St. Lawrence.

After his career at Colorado College was altered by a coaching change, Roos changed his path — landing in Ann Arbor to pursue a masters degree while contributing to the Michigan hockey team.

Sophomore forward Will Lockwood is optimistic that Mel Pearson's new concepts will help Michigan improve in the long run.

Following a split in their first regular season contests — a 3-1 win Friday against St. Lawrence and 3-0 loss Saturday at Clarkson — the Wolverines are looking to take full advantage of fall break and a bye week to prepare for their first home series next weekend against Vermont.

Forward Alex Roos netted the first goal of his Michigan career against St. Lawrence this weekend.

Falling to Clarkson in the Saturday nightcap halted the Wolverines’ chance for a weekend sweep, and resulted in Michigan (1-1-0) splitting its opening weekend.

Junior forward Cooper Marody started his third campaign in Ann Arbor with a goal and three assists in a season-opening exhibition.

Reflecting back on last year’s adversities, Marody couldn’t be more ready to move on and begin what he hopes to be his first complete season on the Wolverine roster.

Throughout the exhibition against Western Ontario, the defense simultaneously protected the Michigan net while forcing a plethora of scoring opportunities for the offense, giving the whole squad a weapon behind the blue line.

Senior forward Tony Calderone netted two goals against Western Ontario, contributing to a dominating offensive performance.

Draw whatever conclusions you like. But Michigan was utterly dominant Saturday night.


Nine different Michigan players found the net against Western Ontario, making a statement that the new fast-paced, eclectic and gritty Wolverines are already taking steps to reverse last year’s storyline.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson was an assistant coach in Ann Arbor in 1996. Now he's returning as Michigan's head coach.

Despite all the talented young players, the grizzled veterans who have been through the ups and downs of the last few seasons and the new head coach with a seemingly magic touch, Michigan still has to perform on the ice.

Sophomore goaltender Jack LaFontaine is poised to assume a leadership role in his second season with the Wolverines.

In addition to the increased playing time, though, LaFontaine and Lavigne find themselves in somewhat new leadership positions with the team.